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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.


Austria's Gerhard Berger has dismissed as "stupid and unfair" speculation that Red Bull team boss Christian Horner could be set to lose his job. Former grand prix winner Berger is a close friend of the energy drink company's chief Dietrich Mateschitz.
Full story: Auto Bild Motorsport (In German)

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve has admitted he has given up on trying to get back into Formula 1 following the FIA's decision not to give his proposed team an entry for 2011.
Full story: Autosport.com

Briton Sam Bird will drive for the Mercedes GP team in the post-season young driver test at Abu Dhabi, the 23-year-old is currently driving in GP2. Full story: Autosport.com

A deal to stage a grand prix in Bulgaria from 2012, on a unique asphalt surface that can be artificially heated, could be signed in the next month according to Bogdan Nicolov, the head of the Bulgarian motor racing federation.
Full story: f1sa.com

Ex-FIA president Max Mosley and Sir Frank Williams have assuaged fears about what will happen to the sport when supremo Bernie Ecclestone steps down. "It will be different, but he probably has a succession plan," said Mosley. "Not to devalue him in any sense, but I would hope Formula 1 would not implode," added Williams. Ecclestone, who has no plans to retire, turned 80 on Thursday.
Full story: Speedtv.com

Red Bull championship contender Mark Webber has posted images of his new haircut on social networking site Twitter.
Full story: Red Bull driver Mark Webber on Twitter



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Thursday's F1 gossip column
28 Oct 10 |  Formula 1


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