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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Renault's Nick Heidfeld
Heidfeld finished eighth at last weekend's Spanish GP

Renault boss Eric Boullier is optimistic about his team's chances at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. He hopes they can mount a serious challenge to Red Bull.
Full story: Autosport

And Renault driver Vitaly Petrov thinks he can qualify "very strongly and near to the front" in Monaco.
Full story: espnF1

The FIA is planning to beef up its disciplinary rules with the introduction of new regulations in time for the British Grand Prix in July. The proposal is that drivers who receive three reprimands in a season will be handed a five-place grid penalty.
Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 Blog

McLaren's Jenson Button, who won in Monaco in 2009 with Brawn GP, believes there is a chance of "out-thinking and out-driving" Red Bull this weekend. "There won't be any overtaking in Monaco, even with DRS [drag reduction systems], unless you are on completely different strategies or different tyres. Monaco is going to be a proper thinking race… looking after tyres… a tricky one."
Full story: the Guardian

Mercedes, meanwhile, say they need to bring bigger improvements to the car if they are to challenge the likes of Red Bull and McLaren in the remaining races this season.
Full story: Autosport

The FIA has confirmed that the drag-reduction system will be banned in the Monaco tunnel. Drivers had expressed concern that the adjustable rear wing, which increases straight-line speed, could be dangerous at that part of the circuit.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Pirelli's super soft tyres will make their 2011 debut in Monaco, with motorsport director Paul Hembery warning: "The supersoft rubber is designed to provide outstanding performance over a short period of time but this comes at the price of durability, so all the teams will have to consider their strategies carefully."
Full story: F1.com

And Hembery believes that a two-stop strategy could be possible in Monaco, despite the high level of degradation seen this season compared to 2010.
Full story: Autosport

Audi motor racing chief Wolfgang Ullrich says the company are not interested in F1 because "there's no relevance to the road".
Full story: Car Magazine

Virgin Racing staff will be clean and smart ahead of Thursday's first practice in Monaco. "Team shirts washed last night, in the office today, fly to Nice tomorrow. Really looking forward to Monaco!" they revealed.
Full story: Virgin Racing on Twitter

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Monday's F1 gossip column
23 May 11 |  Formula 1
Sunday's F1 gossip column
22 May 11 |  Formula 1
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21 May 11 |  Formula 1
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20 May 11 |  Formula 1
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