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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Martin Whitmarsh
Whitmarsh says F1 is "not going anywhere without the teams".

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says it is vital teams present a united front in their discussions over the future of F1 ownership and television coverage. "If we stay together, we can control the direction of this sport and we're not trying to do that for any other reason than what's in the best interests of the sport," he said.
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World champion Sebastian Vettel says he is "completely happy" at Red Bull and he is not interested in driving for "myths" such as Ferrari or Mercedes at this stage in his career.
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Toro Rosso test driver Daniel Ricciardo could land his debut F1 drive at the British Grand Prix - for Hispania, in place of Narain Karthikeyan.
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Under-pressure Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi says he is clearly faster than team-mate Jaime Alguersuari but has just had bad luck in the last two races.
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Mercedes team chief Ross Brawn says the team must get stronger across the board to become serious title challengers.
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Former BMW motorsport and BMW Sauber team boss Mario Theissen has retired after 34 years with the German car giant.
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F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone thinks reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel's success is more impressive than that of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher because of the level of competition the drivers have faced.
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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso feels his team's choice of soft and hard tyres for the British Grand Prix on 10 July means "one more challenge" to his chances of victory at Silverstone.
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Councillors in Austin, Texas have voted to back a 10-year subsidy programme for the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
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Red Bull driver Mark Webber is studying to obtain a pilot's licence.
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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
29 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
28 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
27 Jun 11 |  Formula 1

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