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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Former world champion Nigel Mansell believes it would be "wonderful" for Bahrain to host a grand prix in 2012. The race is set to be dropped from the calendar for 2011. (Press Association)

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Hamilton fumes at rivals and stewards

FIA president Jean Todt has said that although Lewis Hamilton escaped punishment over his outburst in the aftermath of the Monaco Grand Prix it might have been better to give him a ban. "He wrote to me and it was between him and the FIA," Todt said. "Maybe it would have been a better decision to send him to the judicial court and ban him for six grands prix or something but for me this thing is over." (Press Association)

Mark Webber has conceded that he is struggling to get the best from the new Pirelli tyres this season, which goes some way to explaining his dip in form this year compared to Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Full story: ESPN F1

McLaren have begun work at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. The team report: "Arrived in a hot and thundery Montreal paddock - the boys are already busy doing pit-stop practice.
Full story: McLaren F1 team on Twitter

Virgin driver Timo Glock is also keeping his eye on the weather in Montreal. "Just did track walk pretty hot here but looks like it's cooling down over weekend. Chance of rain for Sunday now!"
Full story: Virgin driver Timo Glock on Twitter

Williams chief executive Adam Parr says it is "just too late" to change the F1 calendar this season after the FIA decided to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Full story: Reuters

The long-term commitment of Renault to Formula 1 is starting to look uncertain after Todt suggested the team may withdraw if the planned switch to 1.6-litre turbo engines is not adopted in 2013. Full story: Diario Sport (in Spanish)

Renault team boss Eric Boullier has denied rumours of financial difficulty, which first surfaced in 2010 when the team attempted to secure advance payment of their share of F1 revenues in order to cover a shortfall in expected sponsorship income.
Full story: Grandprix.com

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso expects the double DRS zone at Montreal will give a "big advantage" to drivers trying to overtake during the race. "For the first time this year we will have two places where it will be possible to use the DRS on Sunday," the Spaniard said. "I'm interested to see what will happen."
Full story: F1 Fanatic

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Wednesday's F1 gossip column
08 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
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06 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
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