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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.

Nico Hulkenberg is targeting a race seat at Force India in 2011, calling the team his "best shot". The 23-year-old, who was dropped by Williams at the end of 2010, adds: "It is also no secret that quite a few drivers are trying to land a seat there. We are talking to them and let's wait and see what develops."
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Lewis Hamilton has more positive reports on McLaren's preparations for 2011. He says: "At MTC [McLaren Technology Centre], my team, these guys are working so hard!!! Seat fitting continues. Simulator testing all day and some small training plus meetings. Busy times but good."
Full story: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

The rebranded Lotus Renault team want to keep Vitaly Petrov for a second season, according to majority shareholder Gerard Lopez. But team boss Eric Boullier says: "We are clearly considering different options, but Vitaly is one of the strong ones and could remain."
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Group Lotus chief Dany Bahar says the company ultimately wants to take full ownership of the Lotus Renault F1 team from the Genii capital firm after buying Renault's remaining stake this week. Bahar says: "At the end of the project we would like to control it ourselves [but] there is no real timescale for it."
Autosport magazine

With both Lotus Renault and Team Lotus opting to run in black and gold livery in 2011, Team Lotus technical officer Mike Gascoyne has taken the debate on by conducting a survey. He reports the results on his Twitter page as: "Green and Yellow - 77%. Black and gold - 15%. Red and gold 4%. Others - 4%. Seems pretty conclusive."
Full story: Team Lotus technical officer Mike Gascoyne on Twitter

New Williams driver Pastor Maldonado will have some heavyweight backing next season as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says the whole nation is supporting the rookie. The GP2 champion is also receiving financial backing from state oil company PDVSA.
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Luca Badoer described his final Formula 1 drive for Ferrari as "emotional" after a farewell run in the 2009 F60 car at the Bologna motorshow. The 39-year-old Italian test driver said he regretted only racing for the Italian team twice, when he filled in for Felipe Massa at the European and Spa Grands Prix in 2009.
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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
08 Dec 10 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
07 Dec 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
06 Dec 10 |  Formula 1

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