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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.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has responded to Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle's comments that the city should stop hosting the Australian Grand Prix. Ecclestone told Australian radio station 3AW: "If he wants to cancel the contract, we'd be happy to talk to him about that."
Full story: Autosport

Fernando Alonso plans to shave his winter beard off before the first race of the season. Asked if the beard would be intact in Bahrain, the Ferrari driver said: "I don't think so. My mother doesn't want it."
Full story: Reuters

Jenson Button has stepped up his preparations ahead of the launch of McLaren's 2011 car next Friday. He reports; "Long but good day at [McLaren Technology Centre]. 4 hour photo shoot, seat fit & simulator work now back at home in Guernsey.
Full story: McLaren driver Jenson Button on Twitter

Force India driver Adrian Sutil has backed his pal Lewis Hamilton to win the 2011 title for McLaren. The German says: "He is a great driver, and I can tell you he is very motivated right now, and he is also very fit. He wants the title."
Full story: planetf1

Bernie Ecclestone reckons world champion Sebastian Vettel would make the perfect son-in-law saying: "He's funny, normal, he has his goals and is working hard to reach them." The only catch is neither Vettel or Ecclestone's daughters Petra and Tamara are single.
Full story: Bild (in German)

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see also
Thursday's F1 gossip column
27 Jan 11 |  Formula 1
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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