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Wednesday's F1 gossip column

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

Mark Webber's manager Flavio Briatore has called on Red Bull to make the Australian the team's number one driver in order to secure the drivers' world championship over the final five races of the season.
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Brawn GP made a profit of £98.5m in 2009, according to accounts filed by current owners Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd, having made only £1.3m under Honda ownership in 2008. The five directors, including Ross Brawn, shared dividends of £20m between them, and were also paid a total of £8.4m, with one director earning £4.7m of that amount.
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Belgian GP2 driver Jerome D'Ambrosio is reported to have been offered a Formula 1 drive by Virgin Racing. Speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, D'Ambosio has described the offer as a once in a lifetime chance - but Virgin want the 24-year-old to bring 5m ( ) euros in sponsorship.
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The weather could be a major factor in the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix. Forecasters are predicting scattered thunderstorms throughout the race weekend.
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Jarno Trulli honoured a promise in Italy. Back in Monaco, Trulli had brought his and Karun Chandhok's races to a premature end when he launched his Lotus over the top of the HRT at Rascasse. As a way of saying sorry for what could have been Chandhok's best finish in F1, Trulli offered to get his rival a case of fine wines from his Podere Castorani vineyard, and he duly delivered it in the paddock at Monza.
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Having lost his Sauber seat to Nick Heidfeld, 39-year-old Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa could end up at Hispania in 2011. Sports newspaper Diario AS reports the struggling team 'would like to have a high quality driver like Pedro as team-mate for Bruno Senna'.
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Fernando Alonso believes the Ferrari F10 should be competitive in all the remaining five Grands Prix. The Spaniard has told the Scuderia's official website the versatility of his car has been proven in recent races, and that he's still very much in contention for the drivers' world championship.
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see also
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
14 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
13 Sep 10 |  Formula 1

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