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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.

Sebastian Vettel clinches the drivers' title for Red Bull last year
Sebastian Vettel clinched the drivers' title for Red Bull in 2010

Formula One champions Red Bull and rival teams received a combined $658m (£405m) in prize money in 2010, a 21% increase on 2009. The payments rose for a third straight year on improved terms from the Concorde Agreement that governs the most-watched motor racing series.
Full story: Bloomberg

F1's commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that CVC, the sport's owners, could look to appoint an independent chairman, despite previous reports to the contrary.

Rain could make this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix both "interesting" and "distressing", according to McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale. There is a strong chance of rain, while the Pirelli wet tyres are yet to be fully tested.

Sepang International Circuit chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Razlan Razali says the fans can expect an exciting race this weekend. He said: "I believe Sepang will see the true potential of all the teams and their cars."
Full story: the Star Online (Malaysia)

Hispania team boss Colin Kolles says there should be no repeat of the team's Australian Grand Prix difficulties in Sepang. Tonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan both failed to qualify in Melbourne but Kolles is confident the 107% qualification margin will be achieved this time.
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Mercedes, another team trying to recover from a bad start to their campaign, say they are determined to get their plans right in what they consider to be a "home" race in Sepang. Driver Michael Schumacher said: "It obviously gives us a big boost to go there and have the support of the Malaysian people."
Full story: New Straits Times (Malaysia)

Lotus and Mercedes both gave their Malaysian fans the chance to get up close with their drivers on Wednesday, with widely advertised meet-and-greet sessions organised.
the Star Online

Avid triathlete Jenson Button will compete in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship in London, on 6 and 7 August. (Press release)

Former F1 driver's David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher will both again be competing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters - the touring car racing series based in Germany - in 2011. It will be BBC co-commentator Coulthard's second DTM season, in which he will again race for Team Mücke Motorsport, and Schumacher's fourth campaign, his third with the HWA team. (Mercedes press release)

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see also
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
05 Apr 11 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
04 Apr 11 |  Formula 1

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