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Formula 1 mid-season break news and gossip update

An update of the latest Formula 1 news and gossip as the sport's mid-season break comes to an end ready for the Belgian Grand Prix in a week's time.

The doctors of injured Renault driver Robert Kubica expect the Pole to be fit enough to drive in a Formula 1 simulator by the end of next month. Insiders close to Kubica, who suffered a partially severed hand and multiple fractures in a rally accident in February , have admitted his progress slowed dramatically over the summer but the mood in his camp is more upbeat as he prepares for his eighth and final operation. (Autosport magazine)

A German media group has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Bernie Ecclestone and several other defendants, presenting the billionaire Formula 1 boss with another legal challenge over the controversial sale of the racing series almost six years ago.
Full story: Financial Times

Meanwhile, Ecclestone has hailed the circuit for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in October as "one of the nicest" on the calendar and predicted the series will take a serious hold in the world's second-most populous country. He added that he was "very, very happy that everything is on time" for the race.
Full story: Reuters

Mercedes are planning major changes to their car concept for 2012 in a bid to achieve their objective of challenging Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari. (Autosport magazine)

HRT team boss Colin Kolles has admitted the team "would like" to employ a Spanish driver next season following their recent change of ownership. But he refused to comment on rumours that touring car driver Javi Villa is at the top of the list. "A Spanish driver at HRT would be good news," Kolles said, "but we are still far from naming that person. Right now the team's priority is to develop the car."
Full story: HRT F1 team

Turkish Grand Prix chiefs say that negotiations are ongoing with Bernie Ecclestone for the race to remain on the Formula 1 schedule and that they remain hopeful of winning a reprieve for 2012 after the race was dropped from next year's proposed F1 calendar.
Full story: Autosport

Organisers of next year's United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, have welcomed Bernie Ecclestone's confirmation that he plans an 18 November race, rather than the June date originally proposed.
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Mexico is working on a plan to bring a Formula 1 grand prix back to the country after a hiatus of nearly 20 years.
Full story: Autosport

Sauber's managing director Monisha Kaltenborn said her team is in favour of a return to in-season testing but insists Formula 1 remains vigilant that the current cost-saving plans stay in place.
Full story: Autosport

Virgin Racing team boss John Booth is planning to move to Banbury as the team focus on a major restructuring they hope will increase their competitiveness. Booth has lived in Sheffield for all his 57 years. (Autosport magazine)

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