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Wednesday's F1 gossip column

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

Michael Schumacher is a "tragic ex-hero", according to his former rival Mika Hakkinen, the 1998 and 1999 world champion. "What the hell made him get back into cockpit? In my view, he is dismantling his legacy piece by piece."
Full story: TZ (in German)

Sebastian Vettel has targeted Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles and 91 victories after becoming Formula 1's youngest world champion.
Full story: Daily Mail

New world champion Sebastian Vettel was not certain he had won the title in the first few moments after crossing the line at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Red Bull are paying each and every member of staff - roughly 550 people - £10,000 after winning the constructors' championship. "I had a load of texts after Brazil saying: 'Thanks for the new kitchen'," joked team principal Christian Horner.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

The Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz says there is "no doubt" that Mark Webber will drive for the team in the 2011 Formula One season.
Full story: The Guardian

Webber believes his rivalry with team-mate Sebastian Vettel during the 2010 season played a key part in spurring their Red Bull Racing team to its title successes.
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McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has urged the owners of Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina to make changes to its "flawed" circuit after last weekend's season finale. "This circuit is a great facility and everything else, but as we saw in GP2 and as we saw in F1 it is almost impossible to overtake here - and it is flawed in that way," said Whitmarsh.
Full story: The Guardian

Red Bull Racing's technical chief Adrian Newey believes the team is still losing out because the engine freeze rules leave them at a disadvantage, even though they won both the constructors' and driver's title.
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Sebastian Vettel will find it "very difficult" to defend his Formula 1 title next year in the face of a renewed challenge from Fernando Alonso and Ferrari, according to double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi. "Ferrari will improve their car in 2011 for that little piece that was missing this season. Alonso is currently the most complete driver. He has much experience and as much ambition. He and his team will do everything in the next year to be successful. Fernando is proud and does not like to lose."
Full story: Die Welt (in German)

Daniel Ricciardo completed his domination of the Formula 1 rookie test in Abu Dhabi, by setting a time 1.3 seconds faster than world champion Vettel pole position lap for last Sunday's grand prix.
Full story: Autosport

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see also
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
16 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
15 Nov 10 |  Formula 1
Sunday's F1 gossip column
14 Nov 10 |  Formula 1

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