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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.

Ligier team-mates Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell
Brundle and Blundell will be reunited for an all-nighter in Daytona

There is more worrying news for the future of Hispania Racing team. After Toyota terminated a deal to design their 2011 car, team owner Jose Ramon Carabante and his business partners have put the team up for sale.
Full story: (in Spanish)

Hispania have denied a report in today's AS newspaper that Carabante has put the team up for sale. Suspect offers would still be welcome, though.
Full story: Reuters F1 reporter Alan Baldwin on Twitter

Team Lotus say they are on target to launch their 2011 challenger next month having worked on their new car since July. Chief executive Riad Asmat says the team remain unfazed by the arrival of the rebranded Lotus Renault team but says on both teams' decision to use the black and gold livery: "We might have to look into the colours before the season starts."
Full story: The Malaysian Star

The decision of Group Lotus to buy into Renault and create a second Lotus team is "confusing the public" and "silly," according to David Hunt, who sold the rights to the historic Team Lotus name to Lotus Racing this season. "Have the sponsors on Renault's car all been warned what they are in for and the damage that might occur to their brand through association of what is effectively a declaration of war by Proton?" added Hunt.
Full story: Norwich Evening News

Vitaly Petrov is the worst driver in Formula 1, according to former Benetton driver Jos Verstappen, who reckons the Russian rookie made too many mistakes in his debut season.
Full story: De Telegraff (in Dutch)

BBC 5 Live pundit Anthony Davidson has been doing his bit to help make F1 more competitive. He reports on his Twitter page: "I've been invited to a meeting today to discuss 'overtaking' in F1 and how to improve it through circuit design. Should be interesting."
Full story: Anthony Davidson on Twitter

BBC analyst Martin Brundle is to get back in the car with his former Brabham and Ligier team-mate Mark Blundell to compete in January's 24-hour race in Daytona. Brundle, who won the event in 1988, says: "I've been aching to race again. Mark [Blundell] and I were team-mates in Formula 1 but we've never actually shared a racecar together."
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see also
Thursday's F1 gossip column
09 Dec 10 |  Formula 1
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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