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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.

Nelson Piquet Jr has been talking for the first time about his fateful decision to deliberately crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. On the crash itself he says: "I hit the beginning of the 14th lap [and] it felt like my heart might jump out of my body. I was incredibly scared, it was like a dream. I felt no pain on impact, but the adrenalin was pumping." He explained his decision to agree to the plan as "a way to please" former Renault boss Flavio Briatore. (The Times)

Luca Badoer is leaving his role as Ferrari test driver after 13 years. The Italian, who filled in for the injured Felipe Massa in two races in 2009, is making a farewell appearance at the Bologna International Motor Show, where he will do some hot laps in the 2009 Ferrari.
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Rubens Barrichello might be watching his Christmas pudding portions as he says his Williams engineers have asked him to lose some weight to help negate the additional weight of the returning Kers power boost system in 2011.
Full story: Speedweek (in German)

World champion Sebastian Vettel has described his first two weeks as world champion as "very exhausting" but says he is already preparing to physically improve himself over the winter. He added: "I just cannot continue as in the previous season. It is important that I don't stop working on me and looking what can make me stronger and faster."
Full story: Welt Online (in German)

Italian GP2 driver Davide Valsecchi is in talks with Hispania about a 2011 race seat but team boss Colin Kolles says he is just one of several drivers on the Spanish team's radar.
Full story: (in Italian)

The 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell says he is already looking forward to a "incredible" 2011 season. He reckons: "With four or five world champions on the grid together you've got to go back to the early 80s where you had something similar when we had seven one year."

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see also
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
07 Dec 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
06 Dec 10 |  Formula 1

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