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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.

Rubens Barrichello was also in romantic mood as his Williams team unveiled their livery for the 2011 season. The Brazilian wrote on his Twitter page: "Special day today... not just for my new car paint but today marks 14 years of marriage."
Full story: Williams driver Rubens Barrichello on Twitter

The chief executive of the Sepang International Circuit Razlan Razali says the Malaysian Grand Prix has "lost its lustre". Razali says he has not received a reply from the government after requesting $59m (£36.5m) to overhaul the circuit.
Agence France-Presse

The Bahrain Grand Prix, which was called off on Monday because of political unrest in the country, is unlikely to be rescheduled because it is not stipulated in the race contract that Formula 1 must return.

McLaren driver Jenson Button reports he has returned to work on the 2011 car at the team's headquarters. Button says on the social networking site Twitter: "Morning guys, two days of photo shoots, filming and interviews done, now at the McLaren Technology Centre in the simulator making our car faster!"
Full story: McLaren driver Jenson Button on Twitter

World champion Sebastian Vettel says he still sees Michael Schumacher, the seven-time champion, as his role model despite the 42-year-old's problems in his first season back for Mercedes in 2010.
Full story: Sport Bild (in German)

Vitantonio Liuzzi, who tested for Hispania in Barcelona, says he will not pay for a drive in 2011. The Italian says: "I've never brought money to race and I don't want to start now."

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

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