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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.

Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo hopes Felipe Massa can help take points off other championship contenders in a bid to boost team-mate Fernando Alonso's world title chances.
Full story: La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian)

Porsche are seriously considering a return to F1, 13 years after ending factory sports car production.
Full story: Autocar

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has confirmed he will continue to back the Virgin Racing team next year and is prepared to have less branding on the car to allow other sponsors to get involved.
Full story: Autosport

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton says it no longer feels special beating seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who has returned to racing this season with Mercedes. "In the beginning I was very excited about his comeback but now it's not the same because he is mostly racing behind me," he said.
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South Korean tyre manufacturer Kumho, which supplies Formula Three, says it wants to become F1's tyre supplier in the future.
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The FIA is to set up an academy to train young drivers, with former F1 driver Alexander Wurz one of the instructors.
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Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel say they expect their car to be extremely competitive at the next Grand Prix in Japan. "The momentum is currently with Ferrari going into the race, as they have had two victories on the bounce, but the points situation is still very open," said Webber.
Full story: Autosport

Ryder Cup golfer Rory McIlroy says he would like to have been an F1 driver if he had not pursued a career in golf.
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Mercedes team chief Ross Brawn has ruled himself out of the running to be the next head of the Formula 1 Teams' Association.
Full story: Autosport

South Korea's hopes of meeting the 11 October deadline to have their Yeongam circuit ready for the inaugural Korean Grand Prix have suffered another blow after a crane crashed into the main grandstand.
Full story: Bild (in German)

Mercedes team principal Norberg Haug admits they are "grumpy" about their performance this season but has given his backing to Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher to continue as next year's drivers.
Full story: Cologne Express (in German)

Force India test driver Paul di Resta will sit out practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as the team wants Adrian Sutil and Tony Liuzzi to evaluate technical updates at Suzuka. (Force India)

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