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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.

Timo Glock
Glock has been linked with a 2011 move to Renault

As rumours persist that Timo Glock might be looking to move on from Virgin, it has emerged that the British team has been in contact with 25-year-old Buenos Aires-born driver Esteban Guerrieri about a 2011 race seat.
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Virgin Racing team boss John Booth says he was "not particularly pleased" when he heard F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone predict that two of this year's struggling teams might fold before the end of the season.

Ecclestone said in July that the two teams in question "really shouldn't be there" and that he would be happy if the grid dropped to 20 cars.

When asked about his initial reaction to Ecclestone's comments, Booth admitted: "I was not particularly pleased, because comments like that for a team like ours can do great damage."
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Ecclestone, meanwhile, is working to install the Australian touring car category V8 Supercars as a support event for the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.

Martin Whitaker, a Briton who has long been involved in F1 and was recently boss of the Bahrain track, is now chief executive of the Australian series and he told V8X magazine that Formula 1 officials "want us there.

"He [Ecclestone] would love to have us there in an earlier timeslot. It's better for the spectators, better for the city and puts an extra four hours on to the show as far as Singapore is concerned."
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The Mercedes F1 team may soon have to turn their attention to making some changes in personnel.

That is the warning of Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug, amid reports the Brackley outfit are now working almost exclusively on its 2011 car.

"We hope to return to success," said Haug. "However, if we fail to achieve the goals we have set, we may have to change some people."
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Former F1 world champion Nelson Piquet believes Felipe Massa will have to up his game if he wants to avoid playing second fiddle to Fernando Alonso at Ferrari.

Ferrari were hit with a $100,000 fine by stewards at the German Grand Prix after blatantly ordering Massa to move aside for Alonso, allowing the Spaniard to take the victory.

Team order are banned from F1 and the Scuderia face the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on 7 September, where they could be stripped of their points from the race or even handed a ban.

However, Piquet feels Ferrari made the right call, adding that if Massa doesn't want to be a number two, he's going to have to improve.
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Former Ferrari driver Niki Lauda believes the Italian team will be heavily punished by the WMSC for their use of team orders in Hockenheim.
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Lewis Hamilton is confident his McLaren team can continue to compete at the top end of the grid when the championship resumes in Belgium at the end of August.

"I know we can come back even stronger in the final seven races," said the Briton. "We have some very promising developments in the pipeline, and we're making progress in lots of other areas, too.

"We have dug deep before, and I know absolutely that we will dig deep once more."
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Next season's tyre supplier Pirelli says it is "very satisfied" with the outcome of its two-day test in Mugello this week, after testing their 2011 prototype tyres on F1 machinery for the first time.
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The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have announced that the layout of the circuit will revert back to its original format for 2011, following the conversion to 'an extended endurance track' this year.

It was a move that they claim was made to help celebrate F1's 60th anniversary - but one that led to most observers caustically describing the season curtain-raiser as 'Bore-rain' due to its nigh-on complete lack of excitement or overtaking.
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Wednesday's F1 gossip column
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Tuesday's F1 gossip column
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Monday's F1 gossip column
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Sunday's F1 gossip column
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