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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Michael Schumacher
Schumacher is ninth in the drivers' standings

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

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has blamed his poor form in his Formula 1 comeback season on his Mercedes car. He said: "The car is not at all in harmony with the tyres, or also with us as the drivers."
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Former Formula 1 drivers Nelson Piquet Jr and Gerhard Berger both believe Ferrari are right to favour Fernando Alonso over team-mate Felipe Massa in the battle for the world championship as the Spaniard is faster.
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The Bahrain International Circuit, home of the Bahrain Grand Prix, plans to return to its original Formula 1 track configuration for 2011 after using an extended layout for this year's season-opening race.
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Jenson Button may be 53 points ahead of Nico Rosberg in the drivers' championship but one week after the McLaren man completed the London Triathlon in two hours, 14 minutes and 14 seconds, Mercedes GP driver Rosberg finished a triathlon in Kittzbuhel, Austria in two hours, seven minutes and 23 seconds.
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Korea's new Formula 1 circuit is scheduled to host its first motor races at the end of September with Asian GT and junior single-seaters on the bill at Asian Festival of Speed. The track's inaugural F1 grand prix will take place in October. Full story:

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see also
Sunday's F1 gossip column
15 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Saturday's F1 gossip column
14 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Friday's F1 gossip column
13 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Thursday's F1 gossip column
12 Aug 10 |  Formula 1

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