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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.

Sebastian Vettel meets the fans in Heppenheim
The world champion gets busy meeting his subjects in 'Vettelheim'

Germany's new world champion Sebastian Vettel was greeted by around 10,000 fans as he returned to his hometown of Heppenheim on Sunday. Mayor Gerhard Herbert even presented Vettel with a sign which temporarily renamed the town 'Vettelheim'.
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Sebastian Vettel revealed during a speech in front of his home fans that Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who had led the championship going into the final race, has not yet shaken hands on Vettel's success. The 23-year-old said: "He still has not congratulated me."
AFP news agency

Venezuelan racer Pastor Maldonado has flagged up that he is expecting some significant news about his future this week. Maldonado, who is expected to fill the vacant seat at Williams after testing for them last week, says: "This week will be very important and I hope to have news of the future."
Full story: Pastor Maldonado on Twitter (in Spanish)

I'm hearing that Nico Hulkenberg is a likely Mercedes reserve driver in 2011. He has the same manager as Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher.
Full story: BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter

Double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi expects Michael Schumacher to be a 'huge contender' for the 2011 world title. Fittipaldi says: "I think the new car will be will be much more suited to Michael's driving, oversteering into corners."
The Times

Could German car giant BMW be persuaded to rejoin Formula 1 after quitting the sport at the end of 2009? "I don't see that in the near future, no," said Mario Theissen, BMW motorsport director. In more positive news, Theissen, who gave Sebastian Vettel his first F1 drive for BMW Sauber, says the world champion could race in F1 for the next 15 years.
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Sebastian Vettel also reckons the key to winning the world title was his unshakeable self-belief. He says: "Over the course of a long season it is sometimes tempting to slacken the reins but the most important thing is to never give up the belief in yourself."
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Rumours still swirl about Felipe Massa's future at Ferrari. I'm told that Adrian Sutil was lined up to replace him for 2011 with Massa moving to Sauber but plans changed after Spa.
Full story: BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard on Twitter

F1 track designer Hermann Tilke will work with Texan sports stadium design company HKS as he continues to plan the venue for the 2012 US Grand Prix in Austin. HKS were the architects for the Dallas Cowboys stadium and are behind plans for Liverpool FC's proposed Stanley Park Stadium.
Full story: adamcooperf1

Pedro de la Rosa has not given up on returning to F1 in 2011 despite being replaced by Nick Heidfeld at Sauber for the last five races of this season. The Spanish driver has held talks with Hispania but is still considering his options.
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Red Bull reserve Daniel Ricciardo says he plans to sit tight and wait for further news on his future in F1 after topping the timesheets in last week's young driver test in Abu Dhabi. The Australian spoke to Red Bull's motorsport consultant Dr Helmut Marko after the tests but was told nothing was confirmed on his future.
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