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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.

Ferrari would be prepared to launch civil action against the FIA if the team is stripped of its points earned at the German Grand Prix when the World Motor Sport Council hears the case next month, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
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Former FIA president Max Mosley says both Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa should lose their points after the pair swapped places before finishing first and second in Hockenheim. But Mosley adds that most teams were in favour of getting rid of the rule banning team orders.
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McLaren will remove aerodynamic aid the F-duct from its car for the first time this season at the Italian Grand Prix on 12 September because the low downforce nature of the circuit will negate any benefit the system brings.
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Red Bull driver Mark Webber says he cannot guarantee he will be on the grid in 2012. The Australian, who is signed up to his race seat for 2011, is still targeting the world title but says he also plans to tackle other sporting challenges before retiring to drink red wine in Australia.
Full story: (in Portuguese)

Virgin Racing's chief executive Graeme Lowdon has silenced doubts about the team's future, insisting the finances are in place to finish this campaign and continue for seasons to come. Lowdon adds that after a 'slow' start the rookie team have sorted out their reliability and are now beginning to add performance.
Full story: Autosport

Back in the office after the two-week break. Lots of important news for the team coming up in the next days and weeks.
Full story: Lotus technical director Mike Gascoyne on Twitter

We're back open after our summer break! Everyone refreshed and ready to go for the second phase of the season. Adrian [Sutil] went to Goa, Switzerland and Ibiza, Tonio [Liuzzi] to Mykonos and Paul [Di Resta] went to... the Nurburgring and Zandvoort; racing of course.
Full story: Force India on Twitter

Hispania are struggling to survive in F1 and Epsilon Euskadi are having trouble finding the money to start its own racing project. It is not surprising, therefore, that Joan Villadelprat of Epsilon is trying to convince HRT team boss José Ramon Carabante to form some kind of alliance that will give HRT a proper base, and Epsilon a chance to be involved in the sport.
Full story: Joe Saward's Grand Prix blog

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