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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.

Danica Patrick
Ecclestone feels Danica Patrick could be the "perfect advert" for F1

Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is eager for an American driver to earn a seat on the F1 grid as it could help the sport grow in the United States. He said: "To have someone like Danica Patrick [female Indycar driver] in F1 would be a perfect advert."
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Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello is set to extend his record longest Formula 1 career into a 19th consecutive season, with British team Williams planning to name an unchanged driver line-up for 2011.
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Test driver Andy Soucek has parted company with Virgin Racing and has returned to competition with the Sporting team in Superleague Formula as the 2009 Formula 2 champion aims to find an F1 race seat for 2011.
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Epsilon Euskadi, one of the teams vying for a place on next year's F1 grid, will not know their possible budget for the season until the FIA announce the new 13th team later this month - with potential backers waiting for the verdict before committing.
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Virgin's German driver Timo Glock has insisted he's fully committed to the team, despite a difficult first season with the newcomers and speculation linking him with a move elsewhere.
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Peter Sauber is confident his team will have increased financial backing to continue making progress next year after being mainly sponsor-less throughout the 2010 season.
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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
11 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
10 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
09 Aug 10 |  Formula 1

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