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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.


Jenson Button says victory in Sunday's "home" grand prix would feel a little like winning the world title - and as he won both last season, he is a good position to judge. "Monaco is the second best thing to winning the championship," the McLaren driver said. "You still get the same number of points but it means so much to you because it is so difficult to take an F1 car around here and it takes so much precision to win here."
Full story: The Guardian

Six cars in a race of their own. A very slow race. A shiver has run through the motorhomes of the top teams here before qualifying today for the Monaco Grand Prix, because they are facing the same hurdles on the way to fighting for pole position. Or six hurdles, if you count the twin cars from Lotus, Virgin Racing and HRT.
Full story: The Times

The credit crunch may have forced Formula 1 to abandon for good the big bucks spending of recent years, but this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix has delivered cause for optimism that the sport and teams have finally turned the corner in shoring up F1's commercial future.
Full story: Autosport.com

Hispania are close to finalising a technical deal that will help with development of their 2011 car as team boss Colin Kolles rubbishes suggestions his outfit is in financial difficulties.
Full story: Autosport

Hispania driver Bruno Senna underlined the new team's struggles when he pointed out that he "did a better lap time in my GP2 car (when he won at Monaco in 2008) than with a Formula 1 car". (Reuters)

Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen was the biggest bidder at a Monaco Grand Prix charity auction, shelling out 300,000 euros ($381,100) towards an Aids project in Cambodia. (Reuters)

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he is missing Flavio Briatore's presence in the F1 paddock. The former Renault chief was banned from F1 until 2013 for his role in the Singapore 2008 race-fixing scandal, but Ecclestone said: "He is good company and he was good for this sport."
Full story: gpupdate.net

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Friday's F1 gossip column
14 May 10 |  Formula 1


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