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Saturday's F1 gossip column

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

Mercedes motorsport vice president Norbert Haug has admitted that he would have liked to have worked with Red Bull in 2010 had it not been for the German company's engine supply contract with McLaren. Full story:

Meanwhile, Force India have denied a report that they are to change engine suppliers from Mercedes to Renault in 2011. Full story:

Red Bull have passed the latest front wing deflection tests after Mark Webber's car was examined in the wake of Friday's practice at the Belgian Grand Prix. Full story:

F1 team managers have discussed the possibility of spending four of their 15 pre-season testing days in Bahrain ahead of the 2011 season-opener at the circuit on 13 March. Full story: Auto Motor und Sport (in German)

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has promised to give team-mate Webber a gift for his 34th birthday. But German Vettel said he would only stretch to giving the Australian some of the complimentary shampoo from his hotel. Full story: Daily Telegraph

McLaren's Jenson Button has described the approach to Eau Rouge at Spa as "Formula 1's version of chicken". The defending world champion said: "It's going to be a case of how stupid you can be rather than how brave." Full story: The Sun

Wondering how the drivers spent their mid-season summer break? Renault's Robert Kubica took to two wheels and went cycling round Monaco and Tuscany, Button completed the London Triathlon in a very creditable two hours 14 minutes and his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton soaked up the rays in Hawaii and Miami. (The Independent)

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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see also
Friday's F1 gossip column
27 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Thursday's F1 gossip column
26 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
25 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
24 Aug 10 |  Formula 1

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