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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in 2008

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has hit back at his detractors as prepares for this weekend's British Grand Prix.
Full story: London's Evening Standard

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa will not let speculation over his future distract him as he prepares for Silverstone, despite persistent reports that he is set to be replaced. (Press Association)

Jenson Button is hoping for rain at Silverstone as he bids to record his first podium finish at a British Grand Prix. The 2009 world champion's best finish in the race to date is fourth.
Full story: Daily Express

Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has announced that there will only be one DRS zone at Silverstone. It will be positioned from just after turn four to include the turn five kink and the Wellington straight on the run down to Brooklands.
Full story: ESPN F1

Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel says his victory salute, where he thrusts his index finger skywards, is not a sign of arrogance or ruthless self-belief.
Full story: The Times (subscription required)

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is hopeful South Africa can make a return to the grand prix calendar. A deal could be signed within weeks which would see Cape Town added to the schedule. The last race to be held in the country was in 1993, when Alain Prost won at Kyalami for Williams.
Full story: Daily Express

"The key element on Friday is SW gusts of 30-35mph, making v tricky conditions. Saturday breezy; SW gusts 20-30mph. Crosswind element will be key factor Fri/Sat, especially likely to greatly unsettle cars thro Becketts/Maggots section."
BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson on Twitter

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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
06 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
05 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
04 Jul 11 |  Formula 1

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