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Friday's F1 gossip column

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

Ex-Renault driver Romain Grosjean has taken over from Sauber-bound Nick Heidfeld as Pirelli's tyre tester ahead of the company's return to Formula 1 next season.

Boss Zoran Stefanovic withdrew Stefan GP's application to become the 13th team on the 2011 grid because the FIA's selection process is too slow.
F1 Pulse

Colin Kolles
Kolles has reassured fans that Hispania's finances are sound

Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi grew back his seventies sideburns at Monza to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his first grand prix win.

Technical director Nick Wirth believes that Virgin Racing's concentration on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in which computers are used to simulate how air flows around car parts, rather than wind tunnel testing has paid off this season.
James Allen on F1

Team principal Colin Kolles has said it is "business as usual" at Hispania amid that rumours that the team is on the brink of dropping out of the season because of a lack of funds.

After confirming their switch to Renault engines, Lotus may also be planning to work with Toyota from next season as team principal Tony Fernandes promises some "exciting announcements" in the next week.
GP Update

Or Toyota have priced themselves out of any arrangement and Fernandes' announcements are more likely to concern a new factory or the 2011 driver line-up.
Joe Saward's Grand Prix Blog

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has been taking competition winners round a track in Madras, India on Friday.
McLaren on Twitter

Jenson Button hopeful for Singapore. "McLaren car now better suited to high downforce tracks." Will see effect of new load tests on rivals.
BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg is looking forward to the different atmosphere of the Singapore Grand Prix after recent races in Spa and Monza. "It feels like a proper street circuit, very narrow and enclosed," he said.
Mercedes GP

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see also
Thursday's F1 gossip column
16 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
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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