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Tuesday's F1 gossip column

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

The manager of Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld is confident the German will find a race seat for next season despite the news that his place in the team will be taken by Mexican Sergio Perez in 2011.

"There are still cockpits available in F1 for next season," said Heidfeld's manager Andre Theuerzeit. "At the moment we are in negotiations and we are confident there will be a positive outcome." (German news agency, SID)

Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa has expressed his surprise after being dropped from the Sauber team last month. "I was shocked," said De la Rosa. "I had no indication that they would replace me. It was quite a sad decision from the team."
Full story: Autosport

Renault's Robert Kubica believes the final four races of the season could be difficult as the team have abandoned development work on this year's car to concentrate on 2011. "I don't think the end of the season will necessarily be the easiest one for us," he stated. "We do not have big new developments coming, so it will depend a lot on how much development other people bring to the car."
Full story: ESPN

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says his team are concentrating on next year and are prepared to forgo this season's battle for fourth place with Renault. "We have an agenda which is to be much stronger next year and if you said to me do you want to be much stronger next year and forget about Renault this year then I would say yes," explained Brawn.
Full story: PlanetF1

Williams will run their final upgrades of 2010 at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend, while driver Rubens Barrichello, who won at Suzuka for Ferrari in 2003, says the circuit is in his "top three of all the tracks we visit".
Full story: Williams

Hispania boss Colin Kolles says he is planning to go with regular drivers Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna for the Japanese Grand Prix, after doubts were raised as to the team's line-up for Suzuka. (

Red Bull Technology will supply gearboxes and hydraulic systems to Lotus from next season.
Full story: Autosport

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Monday's F1 gossip column
04 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Sunday's F1 gossip column
03 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Saturday's F1 gossip column
02 Oct 10 |  Formula 1

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