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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

McLaren's Jenson Button

Button drives McLaren car in Manchester

Jenson Button wants McLaren to activate a clause in his contract so he can continue to drive for the British team in 2012. "All Martin [Whitmarsh, McLaren team principal] has got to do is say 'yes' and I will say 'yes' because I want to be here next year," Button said. "I want to fight for the championship. I am more confident now, more than I've ever been here."
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado says he is "not going to relax" after claiming his first point in Formula 1 in Belgium. The Venezuelan adds he has cleared the air with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton after the two clashed on track during qualifying in Spa.
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Nico Rosberg is in a super-happy mood as he reflects on a "very exciting" race weekend in Spa. The German says it was a special moment to lead the race but that he expected to go backwards because Mercedes are "not fast enough".
Full story: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg's video blog

Robert Kubica could use the simulator at Toyota's former F1 headquarters in Cologne as the next step towards regaining his Renault seat. The Polish driver had a final operation on his right elbow at the weekend.
Full story: Auto Motor Und Sport (in German)

Former Minardi driver Luis Perez-Sala says HRT - who recruited him as a consultant this summer - says team boss Colin Kolles is not in danger of losing his job in 2012.
Full story: (in Spanish)

Formula F1 designer Gordon Murray, who helped produce winning cars for Brabham and McLaren, has joined Group Lotus as an advisor.
Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

McLaren insist they are not giving up on the championship yet despite seeing Vettel stretch his lead in Spa. Team boss Martin Whitmarsh said: "There are seven races left and they are seven races we can win. The championship looks pretty ambitious, but for the moment we have to be positive."
Press Association

Renault owner Gerard Lopez said he was surprised by Nick Heidfeld's decision to take legal action after being dropped by the team in favour of Bruno Senna. Lopez described it as an "emotional reaction" but adds that the German still remains a "good colleague".
Full story: Tageblatt Luxembourg (in German)

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Saturday's F1 gossip column
27 Aug 11 |  Formula 1

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