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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Lewis Hamilton drives a McLaren through Bangalore
Lewis Hamilton drove a McLaren down the highway in Bangalore this week

Lewis Hamilton is enjoying the late summer sunshine despite returning to work at McLaren's Technology Centre in Woking. The 26-year-old writes on Twitter: "Spending time working with the team on the car and in the simulator preparing for Japan. Hope you're all enjoying the sun!!"
Full story: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

McLaren insiders are becoming increasingly concerned about Hamilton's mindset and approach following his clash with Ferrari's Felipe Massa at the Singapore Grand Prix. (Autosport magazine)

Massa claims that his well publicised altercation with Hamilton in the TV pen in Singapore was a result of the Englishman ignoring him immediately after the race. "After the race, I tried to talk to him because it was the right time," Massa said. "I called him and he went straight past and didn't even look at me. I called him twice and he ignored me. Of course, I got really upset with this attitude - it's not right, not the professional way." (Autosport magazine)

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has answered speculation that junior team Toro Rosso would be sold to an Abu Dhabi company this month by saying they are not for sale. But Mateschitz added that, "partnerships would not be ruled out, as long as the partner is the right one". Mateschitz also insists he has no plans to sell a stake in his championship-winning Red Bull team.
Full story: The Independent

Robert Kubica, who is recovering from a final operation on his right elbow, will be ready to inform Renault about his chances of being fit to race in 2012 within the next six weeks, says his manager Daniele Morelli.
Full story: Autosport

Bruno Senna, who is in Kubica's seat for the rest of the season, says he is looking forward to driving at one of his favourite circuits in Japan next week. "The blend of high-speed and mid-speed corners makes it a very stimulating track," said the Brazilian. "It's one of the classics and I'm confident that I can put my name back on the points board for the team."

Renault driver Vitaly Petrov has won the Russian sportsman of the year award, which was voted for by readers of a men's magazine. Petrov said: "F1 was almost an unknown sport in Russia a few years ago and I'm glad to see that it is getting more popular every year."
Full story: Renault F1 team

McLaren have applied for planning permission to build two new facilities at their Woking headquarters, one of which is a centre for applied performance and is due to open in 2013.
Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

Daniel Ricciardo will drive a Red Bull show car around the streets of Delhi this weekend. Indian Narain Karthikeyan, who Ricciardo replaced at Hispania halfway through the season, is expected to return to race in next month's inaugural Indian Grand Prix. But Ricciardo is expecting to take the second Hispania seat at that race in place of Vitantonio Liuzzi. "I will probably spend some time in the city and have a look around and then get down to business," Ricciardo said.
Full story: Times of India

Former Virgin Racing driver Lucas di Grassi is testing Pirelli tyres for the 2012 season in Barcelona. When asked on Twitter how the tyres differed to those used in Formula 1 this season, the Brazilian responded: "Can't tell you, sorry."
Read more: Lucas di Grassi on Twitter

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has started the process of rebadging his team as Caterham. (Autosport magazine)

Felipe Massa has secured six of his rivals to take part in his annual charity kart race. Rubens Barrichello, Bruno Senna, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Jaime Alguersuari, Pastor Maldonado and Adrian Sutil have all agreed to take part in the International Challenge of Go-Kart Champs in Florianopolis on 2-4 December.
Full story: Autosport

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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
28 Sep 11 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
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