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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.

1978 world champion Mario Andretti, Red Bull boss Chrisian Horner and world champion Sebastian Vettel
World champions Andretti (left) and Vettel (right) share a joke with Horner

Speedweek, the Red Bull owned magazine, has explained certain details of the contract arrangement with world champion Sebastian Vettel, most notably that if he finishes in the top three in the 2011 world championship and scores a certain amount of victories, he is tied to Red Bull Racing for the 2012 season.
Full story: James Allen on F1

A Red Bull spokeswoman told BBC Sport the magazine's article was "speculation", adding: "No publication is or will be aware of our drivers' contractual positions."

Virgin will unveil their car for the 2011 season at the BBC's Television Centre in London on 7 February.
Full story: Reuters' Alan Baldwin on Twitter

McLaren have announced some changes in their technical team with Paddy Lowe graduating from engineering director to the vacant position of technical director. Chief engineer Tim Goss assumes Lowe's old role and the two will now split attending the races. 'McLaren veteran' Neil Oatley continues his position as director of design and development programmes.
Full story: McLaren

Michael Schumacher's quest to win an eighth world title remains undimmed. The 42-year-old believes he can "absolutely" win another title adding: "Hopefully we'll soon be at the front again."
Full story: F1 Racing magazine

It is back to work for Renault driver Robert Kubica. The Monaco-based driver paid a visit to the team's factory in Enstone, Oxfordshire for a seat fitting and a media grilling.
Full story: Renault on Twitter

Sauber driver Sergio Perez
Perez has a baptism of, um, snow winter training with Sauber

Sauber drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez have been tested to the limit on a four-day training camp in Switzerland which including cross-country skiing, mountaineering, night hiking and climbing up a frozen waterfall. Kobayashi declared his favourite activity as shooting with Mexican Perez loving the waterfall challenge.
Full story: Sauber

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has ominously warned that his championship-winning team are aiming to "always improve in all areas" in 2011. But Horner conceded: "It's impossible to predict [the pecking order] until we get to the first grand prix."
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Vettel, Red Bull's world champion, met the man who won the title 32 years before him, Mario Andretti. The American paid a visit to the team's factory in Milton Keynes.
Full story: Red Bull F1 team on Twitter

The Team Lotus truck gets held up by snow
Team Lotus have an excuse to use the phrase 'it's snow joke' as the weather delays their trucks' testing journey

Team Lotus technical director Mike Gascyone sees his team's preparation for the first winter test hampered by very wintry weather. He reports: "Snowing here as the boys pack up the truck to go to Valencia, typical. Trucks leaving at lunchtime."
Full story: Team Lotus technical director Mike Gascoyne on Twitter

Former Virgin driver Lucas di Grassi has used social networking site Twitter to downplay rumours that he will become a tester for 2011 tyre supplier Pirelli. The Brazilian says: "The news about Pirelli test driver role are just speculation at this stage but sure it would be interesting to understand the tyre better."
Full story: Lucas di Grassi on Twitter

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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
26 Jan 11 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
25 Jan 11 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
24 Jan 11 |  Formula 1

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