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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.


Red Bull have fired their first warning shot to their rivals for 2011 by revealing that they plan to have their new car ready for the opening pre-season test. They have skipped it for the last two seasons to give designer Adrian Newey extra research-and-development time. (Autosport magazine)

Newly crowned DTM champion Paul di Resta is close to being confirmed as a Force India driver for the 2011 season.(Autosport magazine)

Could the endgame of the Lotus name row be that Lotus Racing boss Tony Fernandes sells his team, which has been entered as Team Lotus in 2011, to Group Lotus and uses the money to buy Renault from its owner Genii Capital?
Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

Luca di Montezemolo, inspirational president of Ferrari since 1991, is reported in Italy to be considering leaving Formula 1 to take up a senior government post.
Full story: Daily Mail

Construction work at the new F1 circuit near Delhi
Karun Chandhok snaps the climb uphill to the second corner as India's new circuit takes shape

Former Hispania driver Karun Chandhok has arrived in Delhi for a sneak peek of the circuit being built for next year's inaugural Indian Grand Prix. "Workforce up 5 times since our last visit. Just completed 2 laps - no need to take diversions or avoid lakes this time! Progress on track is amazing in 6 weeks. They've just moved 3500 people in the last 15 days to ramp up progress !! Also means they need 100 cooks for food apparently…"
Full story: Karun Chandhok on Twitter

New Williams driver Pastor Maldonado says it will be a "pleasure" to be team-mate in 2011 to Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced driver in F1 history. "I can learn so much from him," the Venezuelan said. "It will be fun as he is South American too! I think it is going to be a very interesting team."
Full story: Williams F1

Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has been making the most of his time away from F1 while it lasts. The Spaniard reports: "I have enjoyed relaxing with friends and one of the best times we had recently was when I went to a Shakira concert, which was a really cool night. I also played a couple of gigs DJ-ing. All of this has been great fun, but it will end soon, because I'm a Formula 1 driver not a DJ."
Full story: Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso's end-of-season cake
Memories of Monza 2008 are a piece of cake for Toro Rosso. Yum!

Team Toro Rosso gathered together for a pizza dinner at an Italian restaurant close to their headquarters in Faenza on Wednesday night to celebrate the end of the season. Pudding came in the shape of a big cake showing world champion Sebastian Vettel's Italian Grand Prix win when he drove for Red Bull's sister team in 2008.
Full story: Toro Rosso

Earlier, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton had offered his thoughts on England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018. "The country's passion and knowledge for football is unrivalled. This country lives for sport - whether that's in the biggest stadiums, on a freezing, wet Wednesday night in the middle of winter, at home in front of the TV, or even in the playground."
Full story: The Daily Telegraph



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Wednesday's F1 gossip column
01 Dec 10 |  Formula 1


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