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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.


Former world champion Nigel Mansell has described McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton as being "manufactured". The 57-year-old said: "Sometimes it all becomes too easy. People have said to me 'what do I think of Lewis Hamilton?' and I've said 'Well it's fantastic what he's achieved but he's been manufactured'. How many people from seven years of age have been given £2.5m to go karting?"
Press Association

But Hamilton hit back at Mansell and defended his career path: "How many people from seven years of age have been given £2.5m to go karting? He is a world champion, a great star and I look up to him, but I wouldn't have expected that from him. Clearly he has not been reading the right stories or he has just not got his facts right. I wasn't signed up until I was 13, and I would love to see what happened to the rest of that money from the age of seven."
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Silverstone officials are planning to capitalise on World Cup fever when they stage this year's British Grand Prix. The 11 July race falls on the same day as the final in Johannesburg and organisers plan to stage a post-race party. The traditional concert will again be held a couple of hours after the conclusion to the grand prix, with the World Cup final to follow on a giant screen.
Press Association

Red Bull Racing have decided against running their F-duct for the remainder of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend.
Full story: Autosport.com

Red Bull designer Adrian Newey is so clever that it is strangely reaffirming to discover that he does not drive cars as well as he designs them. Team boss Christian Horner says: "Last winter we went to Graz in Austria to visit Dr Helmut Marko [a Red Bull consultant]. Helmut is waiting for us at the end of this tree-lined drive. So Adrian decided to put in a power-slide and he understeered our car straight into one of the trees, taking the side out of the car. Just a typical Friday evening with Adrian Newey."
Full story: The Guardian

Meanwhile, Horner said he would welcome Pirelli if they win the deal to become Formula 1's tyre supplier for the 2011 season. "It is a really a good quantity of tyres they are looking at supplying and we are looking forward to working with them," he said.
Full story: Autosport.com

The Williams chief executive, Adam Parr, has proposed a new look to the Formula 1 schedule, involving two-day grand prix weekends and as many as 24 races per season.
Full story: The Guardian

The Turkish Grand Prix marks Ferrari's record 800th Formula 1 race. To celebrate the landmark their drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, will join 300 guests for a champagne party at an Ottoman Empire-style mansion on the European shores of Istanbul. But as they prepare for the backslapping, motor racing's most famous marque are today accused by former FIA president Max Mosley of trying to fix the sport during last year's double diffuser row.
Full story: Daily Mail

Indiananpolis Motor Speedway still believes it is the "right place" to host the United States Grand Prix. Formula 1 announced this week that it had agreed a 10-year deal to host races in Austin, Texas. Indianapolis last held an F1 race in 2007.
Full story: Reuters

Jenson Button has had talks with the "devastated" McLaren mechanic whose Monaco Grand Prix error cost the Englishman his Formula 1 championship lead. Button retired on the third lap of the race after his engine overheated because a bung had been left in the car's sidepod when he left the pits, limiting the inflow of air.
Full story: Reuters

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