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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

David Coulthard drives Red Bull's demonstration Red Bull in Texas
David Coulthard tries out Red Bull's horsepower against the real thing in Texas

Lewis Hamilton gets himself in the zone for a return to sporting action at the Belgian Grand Prix by watching England's cricketers wrap-up a series win over India. The McLaren driver says: "Congrats 2 the England cricket team. Gr8 result and so cool to become no.1 in the world...well deserved!!!"
Full story: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

McLaren first offered Team Lotus a technical partnership similar to the facility-sharing deal they recently agreed with Virgin Racing. But Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes preferred to share key technologies with Red Bull Racing as they both run Renault engines. Team Lotus are also likely to use Red Bull's Kers system next season.
Full story: Turun Sanomat (in Finnish)

Hispania drivers Tonio Liuzzi and Daniel Ricciardo are raring to go after their summer break. Liuzzi recharged his batteries in Greece while rookie Ricciardo only took a week off at home in the UK because of his duties with Red Bull.
Full story: Hispania Racing

Michael Schumacher is hoping for a positive result at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix as he marks the 20th anniversary of his F1 debut in Spa. The 42-year-old Mercedes driver calls the track his "living-room" because it has staged so many special moments in his illustrious F1 career.
Full story: Michael Schumacher

Williams hope that a new aerodynamic package will help them fight for points in Spa this weekend. Technical director Sam Michael explains the team are bringing new rear wings and a diffuser update to trial during practice.
Full story: Williams F1 team

Pirelli are taking the medium and soft tyres to Spa - a circuit they have not tested their rubber on before. The Italian company predict a one-second gap per lap between the two compounds but expect tyre wear to be low.
Full story: Pirelli on Facebook

BBC co-commentator and former F1 driver David Coulthard ran a Red Bull around the sunny streets of Austin on Saturday as part of a special shoot by the team to highlight the Texas venue which will host the US Grand Prix in 2012.
Full story: The Austin American Statesman

Ferrari took their 2010 car for a spin through the streets of Rotterdam for the first time on Sunday with reserve driver Marc Gene at the helm. But slight damage to the F10 during the event meant Ferrari had to wheel out the 2009 car to finish off the show for the huge Dutch crowd.
Full story: Ferrari F1 team

McLaren driver Jenson Button has signed up to join his F1 peers Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel in December's Race of Champions in Dusseldorf.
Full story: Race of Champions

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