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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.

Fernando Alonso
Alonso is 47 points adrift of leader Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings

Fernando Alonso claims everyone within Ferrari is fired up to put an end to their recent misery, having managed only four points from the last two races.

Alonso said: "After two bad races people are even more motivated than before because they feel we finally deserve a good race. We will fight until it isn't possible."
Full story: ESPNF1

Half of the teams on the F1 grid are against proposals to relax the current ban on in-season testing. While the opposition of low-budget newcomers Lotus, Virgin and HRT was expected, Force India, Sauber and Williams also want the current restrictions to remain in place.
Full story: Auto Motor und Sport (in German)

Renault will open its factory doors at Enstone to allow fans the opportunity to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix in the same place that Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov's R30s were built.
Full story: GPUpdate.net

Rubens Barrichello says Williams's strong results in Valencia and Silverstone can be traced to improvements in the way the team uses its wind tunnel.
Full story: Autosport.com

Hispania Racing Team are looking to sign a deal with the now defunct Toyota racing team for the use of their factory, facilities, experienced staff and designs for new car, the TF110.
Full story: F1.automoto365.com

Bruno Senna is confident he will keep his racing seat at the Hispania team for the remainder of the season after missing the previous race at Silverstone.
Full story: Autosport.com

Monaco Grand Prix organisers have said they are unmoved by comments from Bernie Ecclestone suggesting Formula 1 could do 'without' the blue riband event, while confirming that talks are ongoing about a new deal.
Full story: Autosport

Brendon Hartley is no longer part of Red Bull's driver development programme. Jean-Eric Vergne will replace him with immediate effect in the Formula Renault 3.5 series team Tech 1, but New Zealander Hartley says the F1 dream "is still there".
Full story: Autosport

Formula 1 governing body the FIA has confirmed that Danny Sullivan, former Tyrrell pilot and winner of the 1985 Indianapolis 500, will be the racing driver in race control for the German Grand Prix.
Full story: GPUpdate.net

Timo Glock believes that Virgin Racing need to take a "mega step forward" in performance, if the team are to stay in touch with fellow new team Lotus for the remainder of the season.
Full story: GPUpdate.net

Korean Grand Prix organisers say their Formula 1 circuit remains on course to be finished in August following a visit by FIA race director Charlie Whiting last week.
Full story: Autosport.com



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Wednesday's F1 gossip column
21 Jul 10 |  Formula 1


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