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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.


Formula One Management will pick up the £24.7m bill for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which had been scheduled to be the season's opener on 13 March but was called off because of civil unrest in the country. No decision has been made on whether the race will take place later in the year.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi would not be opposed to the Bahrain race being rescheduled for the end of the season. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is currently the host of the penultimate race of the season.

President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, Mohammed ben Sulaymen, said "We are the organisers of the of the Abu Dhabi race and we respect the FIA's [sports' governing body] judgement. Finding time in the calendar is feasible."
Full story: The National

And F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is also hopeful the Grand Prix will still take place this season. "If everything is peaceful, which we hope it will be, then we will try our best to fit it in," he said.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Red Bull driver Mark Webber said it would be a "return to the good old days" when the Australian Grand Prix kicks off the F1 season - once again. He said: "It always used to be the season-opener and it's a sensational place for it. It's not like we've just gained an event, it was always on the schedule, but it's just I suppose an added 15 per cent bonus as the first grand prix."
Full story: Reuters

Hispania boss Colin Kolles believes the new F111 will be "better in performance than last year". The 2010 car was the slowest in the field last season.
Full story: Autosport.com

The organisers of the new 2012 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, have appointed former Churchill Downs race course chief, Steve Sexton, as the project's president.
Full story: Autosport.com

Injured Robert Kubica's stand-in at Renault, Nick Heidfeld, says he had problems with the balance of the car during second day of testing in Barcelona.
Full story: Formula1.com

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see also
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
22 Feb 11 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
21 Feb 11 |  Formula 1
Sunday's F1 gossip column
20 Feb 11 |  Formula 1


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