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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.

Felipe Massa
Massa crashed out at the start of last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix

Brazilian driver Felipe Massa says he feels reassured about his position at Ferrari following recent words of support from the team's president Luca di Montezemolo. Massa is currently sixth in the drivers' championship and crashed out of last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, but he has now received the backing of both Di Montezemolo and Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali.
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Virgin Racing F1 CEO Graeme Lowdon says work on the team's car for 2011 is going well. Technical director Nick Wirth no longer travels to races in order to concentrate on development of the new VR-02.
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Work on Silverstone's new pit and paddock complex is "firmly on schedule", according to the track bosses. The facility, which will be used during the 2011 British Grand Prix, is scheduled for completion in May next year.
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After providing the first glimpse of the new £27m pit and paddock complex at the venue, Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips believes he now has a circuit of which F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the sport can be proud.
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Formula Renault 3.5 runner up and Red Bull reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo has been earmarked as a future race winner in Formula 1 by his Tech 1 team boss Simon Abadi. Having recently lost out on winning the top level of the World Series by Renault by just three points, the Australian is now tipped for a GP2 drive next season and is also likely to take part in the young drivers' test for Red Bull.
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McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton believes the Suzuka circuit for the Korean Grand Prix on 24 October will suit his team's car. "The first sector is all about good end-of-straight speeds and strong performance under heavy braking, both key characteristics of our car. I think we can have a positive race," said Hamilton, who is currently fourth in the drivers' championship - 28 points behind leader Mark Webber of Red Bull - but retains hope of claiming the title.
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McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has warned his rivals not to write off Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button in this season's title race. With three races remaining, Hamilton and Button are 28 and 31 points behind drivers' championship leader Mark Webber of Red Bull, but Whitmarsh said: "We are committed to winning, and won't give up without a fight."
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see also
Thursday's F1 gossip column
14 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
13 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
12 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
11 Oct 10 |  Formula 1

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