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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Sebastian Vettel
Vettel keeps a close eye on his opponents during a race

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has labelled championship leader Sebastian Vettel a 'perfectionist' who 'never ceases to surprise' after watching the German cruise to victory in the European Grand Prix. "At one point [in the race in Valencia], we hadn't told him we had put the prime (harder) tyres on Mark's [Webber] car because we didn't want him to push any harder," said Horner. "But then he came on the radio and said: 'What time is Mark doing on the primes?' We all looked at ourselves and thought 'Who told him?' Of course, he was watching the big TV screen as he was going round."
(Press Association)

Lewis Hamilton has urged his McLaren bosses to extend team-mate Jenson Button's contract with the team. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," said Hamilton. "I'd love to race alongside him [Button] for another three years."
Full story. The Mirror

Pirelli says that even a more aggressive choice of tyres for the European Grand Prix may not have helped increase the spectacle in Valencia. The Italian manufacturer brought its more conservative medium compound to Spain because it wanted to test it in race conditions before the British Grand Prix.
Full story:

Germany's Michael Schumacher has taken the blame for his clumsy move on Renault's Vitaly Petrov which resulted in the Mercedes driver losing his front wing and ultimately finishing 17th. "I locked the front wheel and slipped into him, which was clearly my mistake," said Schumacher.
Full story: Mercedes GP

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says he is unsure how the rule clarification for Silverstone, which sees a ban on off-throttle blowing of diffusers come into force, will impact the status quo between the top teams.
Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog

Brazil's Rubens Barrichello, who finished 12th in Valencia, says that despite a host of new upgrades, Williams simply don't have the pace to score points at the moment.
Full story: Williams

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see also
Sunday's F1 gossip column
26 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Saturday's F1 gossip column
25 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Friday's F1 gossip column
24 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Thursday's F1 gossip column
23 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
22 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
21 Jun 11 |  Formula 1

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