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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.

Group Lotus chief executive officer Dany Bahar says he is happy with his company just being a Formula 1 team sponsor and shareholder for now - and accepts people will call his Lotus-backed outfit 'Renault'.
Full story: Autosport

Bahar believes the iconic name of Team Lotus should be allowed to "rest in peace".
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Bahar has revealed his company did try and broker a deal for an official tie-up with Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes in Formula 1 - but says the conditions put to them on the table made it a no-brainer to go and back Renault instead.
Full story: Autosport

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes insists that his squad has the right to use the iconic name in Formula 1 in the wake of Lotus Cars buying into Renault F1. (Autosport magazine)

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says that as the F1 calendar expands, it is inevitable there will in the future be only one race per country. This would rule out the mooted race in Rome in 2013, which is being planned as in addition to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Full story: Ferrari

Jean-Francois Caubet, general manager of the Renault Sport F1 unit has justified Renault's decision to sell its stake in the F1 team to Genii Capital and Lotus on the grounds of return on investment. F1 will now be a profit centre for the company with sales of engines to Red Bull and Lotus and then in 2013 a fourth team as well.
Full story: James Allen on F1

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