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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Eau Rouge, Spa Francorchamps
Drivers will not be able to use the DRS overtaking aid on the Eau Rouge corner this weekend

Jenson Button has praised Mercedes' driver Michael Schumacher as he prepares to celebrate his 20th anniversary in the sport at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix and the McLaren driver has not ruled out the prospect of equalling the German's feat himself.
Full story: Metro

Meanwhile, BBC F1 chief analyst and former team boss Eddie Jordan says he probably wouldn't have given Schumacher his first Formula 1 start in Belgium in 1991 had he known the German had never driven the Spa Francorchamps circuit before.
Full story: The Sun

Ferrari, the team Schumacher won five of his seven world championships with between 2000 and 2004, say they have a surprise in store for their former charge at Spa to celebrate his anniversary. "We have prepared a little something to mark this occasion," said team boss Stefano Domenicali cryptically.
Full story: Ferrari

Reflecting on his first time in a F1 car, when he tested a Jordan at Silverstone three days before competing in practice at Spa, Schumacher admits to initial doubts about his ability. "On the first lap, I thought to myself: 'Maybe you've bitten off more than you can chew.' But on the second lap, I was more relaxed. By the third, I had forgotten my doubts and felt comfortable in the car."
Full story: Mercedes

Scot Paul di Resta is determined to prove his seventh place finish in Hungary was not a one-off. After a run of eight races without a point, the Force India driver produced his best drive of the season in Budapest and following the summer break, Di Resta believes the car has the pace to to replicate that performance at Spa.
Full story: Daily Mail

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has backed the decision to ban the use of the DRS overtaking device through Eau Rouge at this weekend's race. On Monday, FIA race director Charlie Whiting deemed the device too dangerous to use through the famous high speed corner in practice and qualifying.
Full story: Ferrari

Double world champion Fernando Alonso spent his summer vacation relaxing with family and friends and cycling in Spain's Asturias region. The Ferrari driver is raring to get back on track and insists the team have not "thrown in the towel" in the fight for the drivers' championship.
Full story: Ferrari

Belgian GP organisers have modified their circuit ahead of this weekend's race with the Rivage hairpin being widened on the grounds of safety. They have also replaced the corner's gravel trap with an asphalt run-off area.
Full story: GP Update

Former Minardi owner Giancarlo Minardi has called on the sport's governing body to give new young drivers more opportunities to break into the sport.
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Virgin reserve driver Sakon Yamamoto will DJ at the next F1 Rocks afterparty which will return to Milan during next month's Italian Grand Prix.
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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
24 Aug 11 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
23 Aug 11 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
22 Aug 11 |  Formula 1
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19 Aug 11 |  Formula 1

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