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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 announce the launch of their 2011 car on Twitter, saying: "You heard it here first. The RB7 will be launched at 8.30am on February 1. In Valencia. In the pit lane. Quietly excited..."
Full story: Red Bull team on Twitter

Mark Webber and Bradford Bulls coach Mick Potter
Webber cheekily reminded Bulls coach Mick Potter he was a ball boy when the latter played for Canberra

Red Bull's Mark Webber has sought help from another brand of sporting Bulls to keep him fit over the winter. The Australian driver is training with Super League side Bradford Bulls in Lanzarote.
Full story: Bradford Bulls

The McLaren drivers have both been back to work this week at the team's Woking headquarters. Lewis Hamilton reports on his Twitter page: "Hey all, been at MTC today on simulator and training. Car feels good, never know how others will be but I'm happy with where we are. We'll keep pushing."
Full story: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

Lewis Hamilton will be the first man to test McLaren's 2011 car when it makes its on-track debut at the second test in Jerez in February.
Full story: Autosport

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has been sharing his feelings on the Lotus naming dispute involving his team and Renault, who are now sponsored by the Proton-owned Lotus Group. Fernandes says: "More to come on my feeling and the truth on this Lotus saga. The good always win. We won't be faster than Renault. But we are only one year old. Takes time to build a tree. We are building the right tree."
Full story: Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes on Twitter

Pirelli is planning to colour code its various super-soft, soft, medium and hard tyre compounds in 2011 to help spectators understand the teams' strategy.
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If you happen to be in Berlin Nico Rosberg is attending the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!
Full story: Mercedes F1 team on Twitter

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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
19 Jan 11 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
18 Jan 11 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
17 Jan 11 |  Formula 1

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