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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

BBC Sport brings you a regular round-up of the gossip in newspapers and on specialist websites around the world.

Pirelli has sent a delegation to the Spanish Grand Prix as the battle to supply tyres next year hots up, with Michelin and Cooper Avon also in the frame.
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McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, the chairman of teams' association Fota, says the switch to 18-inch wheels with the introduction of a new tyre supplier following Bridgestone's withdrawal at the end of this season would be "desirable", but added that "in order to contain costs at this difficult time, Foto would prefer to continue with 13 inches in the short term". (L'Equipe)

Polish driver Robert Kubica is being strongly linked with a move to Ferrari, while there are also reports the 25-year-old has already signed a preliminary contract with the Italian team.
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McLaren's former world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is back in contact with his father Anthony having gone weeks without speaking to him after recently sacking him as manager.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Hamilton says he is continuing his search for a new agent and is looking for someone who can help him "grow as a brand".
Full story: The Guardian

The British driver has dismissed speculation that former McLaren driver Mika Hakkinen is in line for the role saying that the pair had not even spoken.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Hamilton has also revealed that he would never follow seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and return to racing after retiring.
Full story: The Sun

F1 drivers have proposed that the first session of qualifying for next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix be split into parts. A group of drivers from both ends of the grid fear the traffic implications of 24 cars being on the short and twisty street layout at the same time, particularly with three teams vastly off the pace.
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The world's first Ferrari theme park will open its doors to the public in Abu Dhabi on 28 October. The park, which includes a rollercoaster ride that should reach speeds of up to 240kph, is located next to the Yas Marina circuit that hosts the season-ending Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix on 14 November. (Reuters)

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello is hoping that an engine upgrade from Cosworth scheduled for the Turkish Grand Prix at the end of May will help Williams make much needed progress on track this season. Full story:

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see also
Thursday's F1 gossip column
06 May 10 |  Formula 1
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
05 May 10 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
04 May 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
03 May 10 |  Formula 1

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