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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.


Force India's Adrian Sutil wants "a few more days" to decide his future. The German has an offer on the table from his current employers, but has also been linked with Renault and Williams in recent weeks.
Full story: Autosport.com

Lotus Racing boss Tony Fernandes appears to be under pressure to drop the Lotus name if he wants to secure his team a supply of Renault engines. Full story: grandprix.com

The FIA has confirmed that future new F1 circuits will have to be ready for inspection 90 days before their first race, unlike Korea's Yeongam venue, which was given a late approval after significant construction delays.
Full story: speedtv.com

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has admitted the team will be built around Sebastian Vettel in the future. Full story: ESPN.com

Former world champion Jaques Villeneuve says Sebastian Vettel has been "spoilt" by Red Bull. The 1997 champion says the team have protected Vettel from his mistakes and that the 23-year-old will not learn "if the team don't tell him it was his fault." Villeneuve thinks Webber will benefit from his "tough" experiences: "The guys who have had it tough do better when it's crunch time." (Full story: F1 Racing magazine)

Red Bull's Mark Webber will win the world title this year - that is according to a lecturer and doctor of physics at Reading University, Dr Mark Peace, who has analysed scoring patterns in F1 over the past 40 years to devise a formula which takes into account race wins, pole positions, podium finishes, average finishing positions and race retirements. (Full story: F1 Racing magazine)

However Mark Webber has dismissed the formula as "ridiculous." (The Telegraph)

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