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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.

Mercedes touring car star Paul di Resta is set to race for Force India next season after making a good impression in his Friday practice outings this year. (Autosport)

The loss-making Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix will stay at its Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne, Victoria's state government said on Thursday.
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Virgin Racing's Lucas di Grassi says he is talking to "some other teams and seeing what other opportunities there are" as he looks to next season.
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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says he has no concerns about engine usage as he heads into the final five races of the season with no new units available to him. Alonso used his eighth new Ferrari engine of the season at Monza, hitting the limit under the regulations before a 10-place grid penalty applies for fitting a ninth.
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Lewis Hamilton insists he learned a hard lesson from the mistake that cost him points at Monza and vowed on Thursday there will be no repeat in Singapore this week.
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A battle for the rights to use the name Lotus in various forms of motor sport appears to be kicking off between Dany Bahar (Group Lotus) and Tony Fernandes (Lotus Racing).
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Lotus have called a press conference for Friday where they are expected to announce a technical tie-up with Renault for 2011, and an official change of name from 'Lotus Racing' to the historic 'Team Lotus'.
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The 2011 driver line-up is also likely to be on the agenda, with both Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli expected to stay at the team.
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Meanwhile, traffic concerns are the latest difficulty facing organisers of the proposed US Grand Prix in Texas. Road improvements costing £9.5m are needed - which, if started now, could still not be completed until 2012.
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A handful of F1 drivers have admitted they are concerned about the prospect of rain at this weekend's night race in Singapore.
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Organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix are pushing hard to make it a "must-have" part of the Formula 1 calendar in the next few years.
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Virgin Racing's Timo Glock has confirmed that the outfit will have a new upgrade for the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.
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Pirelli believes that its F1 tyre is already just one second per lap slower than the current rubber supplied by Bridgestone.
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F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone plans to make a fresh push to introduce his gold medal system into the sport, after suggesting that the new points system introduced this year has not improved matters. Under Ecclestone's plans, the world championship would be awarded to the driver who scored the most victories in a season.
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But Ecclestone has been urged to abandon his idea, with leading F1 figures adamant the move would be wrong for the sport. Former world champion Lewis Hamilton said: "I get on really well with Bernie, but I disagree with him personally."
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Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher has dismissed rumours suggesting he plans to leave F1 at the end of the current season.
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Renault F1 tester Jerome d'Ambrosio has joined Virgin Racing and will drive on the Friday mornings of the next four Grands Prix.
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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
22 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
21 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
20 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Friday's F1 gossip column
17 Sep 10 |  Formula 1

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