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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.


Hearing that Adrian Sutil is leading contender to replace Michael Schumacher at season's end if he leaves Mercedes. Sutil now out of contract at Force India.
BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has revealed he attempted to lure Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to the Woking-based team in 2008. He conceded that he may resurrect his interest at the end of Vettel's current deal in 2012. (Sport Bild)

Brawn GP made a profit of £98.5m during last season's championship-winning campaign, according to accounts filed by current owners Mercedes-Benz, having made just £1.3m under Honda in 2008. The accounts also revealed a "contract settlement fee" of £10m paid to Jenson Button to formally end his Honda deal.
Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog

Vitaly Petrov, Heikki Kovalainen and Adrian Sutil remain the leading contenders to partner Robert Kubica at Renault next year, despite 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen reopening negotiations with the team. (Autosport magazine)

Fernando Alonso has run the rule over the new Korean circuit in the Ferrari simulator ahead of the race on 24 October.
Full story: Fernando Alonso's blog for Ferrari

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has insisted that drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso will be treated equally as the season comes to its finale.
Full story: ESPN F1

Jenson and Lewis have been on the simulator at McLaren Technology Centre - gearing up for Singapore!
Full story: McLaren on Twitter

Adrian Sutil reckons his Force India team can be competitive on Singapore's street circuit and adds that his aim is to stay ahead of both Williams cars - adding his personal target is to catch Michael Schumacher's Mercedes again.
Full story: Force India F1

Renault are taking their F1 road show to Korea at the beginning of October when Chinese reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung, who is recovering from a back injury, will drive around the streets of Seoul on a temporary track.
Full story: Renault F1

Sauber have insisted that their letter to the World Motor Sport Council defending Ferrari's tactics in the German Grand Prix was motivated by a desire to have the rules clarified rather than loyalty to their engine supplier.
Full story: Autosport

An annual report has shown that the 2010 Australian Grand Prix cost taxpayers in the state of Victoria A$49.2m (£29.5m). Victoria's Major Events Minister Tim Holding has defended the race, claiming its economic benefits far outweigh its cost.
Full story: The Age

Renault owner Gerard Lopez says that he will take his time before deciding whether to extend driver Vitaly Petrov's stay or sign up one of several other drivers interested in a seat with the team next season.
Full story: SpeedTV

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve may buy one of Formula 1's existing teams after the FIA said there would be no additional teams on the grid in 2011. Villeneuve is believed to have Hispania Racing and Virgin Racing in his sights.
Full story: ESPN F1

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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
15 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
14 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
13 Sep 10 |  Formula 1


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