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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Lewis Hamilton

Race-by race: Hamilton's troubled season

Lewis Hamilton's fellow racers have asked to discuss some of his controversial driving this year in a meeting with FIA race director Charlie Whiting at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Full story: Autosprint (in Italian)

Hamilton believes the Japanese Grand Prix will give him a good chance of a strong result. "I think Suzuka will play to my strengths," the McLaren driver said. "It's a track that really requires you to drive in an attacking way to be able to get a good lap time. It's an uncompromising place."Meanwhile, Jenson Button expects it to be an emotional race as F1 returns to Japan for the first time since the devastating tsunami in February.
Full story: McLaren

The Singapore government is still mulling over whether to renew its contract with F1's international management which expires in 2012.
Full story: Wall Street Journal

Sauber are planning a "wide-ranging" upgrade to their car for the Japanese Grand Prix. Technical director James Key said: "(It) includes a completely new front wing, new rear wings, new turning vanes and side pod deflectors, new brake ducts and modifications to the floor. This was always planned for Suzuka and, if it all works well, it should give us a reasonable step forward."
Full story: Sauber

Sauber driver Sergio Perez says he is looking forward to the Japanese Grand Prix as "one of the most special races of the season". He says he is excited about getting his first experience of the high-speed, demanding Suzuka circuit.
Full story: Sauber

Bruno Senna is confident his Renault team will bounce back from their poor showing in Singapore with a more competitive performance in Japan next weekend. "The low-speed nature of Singapore made it the worst circuit for us in terms of performance," the Brazilian said. "That hurt us a little bit, but with the updates that we have planned for Suzuka we should be strong there, and get both cars in the points again - that's where we belong."
Full story: Renault

Narain Karthikeyan will drive for HRT in Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix, as he continues his preparations for an F1 race return in India.
Full story: Autosport



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29 Sep 11 |  Formula 1


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