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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.

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he would love to see Mark Webber emerge victorious in this year's Formula world title race if he cannot claim the championship for himself. "He has been told by his team what position he is and against adversity he has kept at it," Hamilton said. "He has done an awesome job."
Full story: Daily Express

Formula 1 drivers are well-versed in the use of extreme measures in the pursuit of speed but Fernando Alonso, the 2010 championship leader, has taken things a stride further by having his legs waxed. "I'm surprised how he was able to take the pain," said Hamilton. "Mark [Webber] pointed it out and was asking: 'How far has it gone up?' I was like: 'Wow, they are shiny.'"
Full story: The Guardian

The word from the Spanish journalists is that the Ferrari simulator says the Red Bull will be 0.4 seconds quicker a lap at Abu Dhabi than the Ferrari. Might account for Alonso's tetchy mood and picked cuticles?!
Darren Heath on Twitter

Red Bull decision for only Vettel only to do Pirelli test next week taken "six weeks ago", according to Christian Horner.
BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will both miss next week's Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi, with McLaren the only front-running team that will not use a current race driver for the two-day run.
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Nick Heidfeld has confirmed he is in discussions with Renault for a drive in 2011.
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The Australian Grand Prix's place on next year's Formula 1 calendar is under threat because of a row over fees with CAMS, the country's motorsport governing body.
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Felipe Massa is confident that his difficult 2010 season will prove to be just a blip in his career, and says this year's form does not necessarily mean he will be overshadowed by team-mate Fernando Alonso again in 2011.
Full story: Autosport

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