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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Red Bull's double world champion Sebastian Vettel meets his fans in Heppenheim
Vettel was greeted by screaming fans in his hometown of Heppenheim

There was a triumphant homecoming for double world champion Sebastian Vettel on Sunday as crowds lined the streets of Heppenheim. The celebrations for the 24-year-old included driving his Red Bull down the German country roads, a spot of Scalextric, Red Bull breakdancers and a guest appearance by David Coulthard.
Full story: Red Bull Racing

Force India driver Adrian Sutil says he cannot wait until December to find out whether the team will retain his services for 2012. The German, who faces competition from Paul di Resta and reserve Nico Hulkenberg, says: "I will speak to him (team boss Vijay Mallya) very soon and see what his ideas are. I don't need to wait so long for a seat."
Full story: Reuters

Indian racer Narain Karthikeyan reckons it is going to be a "surreal experience" driving in the first Indian Grand Prix this week. The HRT driver commented on the high-speed, undulating circut: "There are points at which, if you're in an F1 car, you will see nothing but the sky."
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Williams driver Rubens Barrichello says he has been preparing for the Indian GP by playing the circuit on his "home simulator". The Brazilian also adds: "I have always wanted to go to India, so this is a great opportunity for me to get to know the country as well as do what I love at the same time: drive a Formula 1 car."
Full story: Williams F1 team

Tyre supplier Pirelli says it has taken a "conservative" approach to this week's Indian GP in choosing the hard and soft compounds. In a break with convention, the softer tyre has been nominated as the 'prime' choice in India with the harder tyre as the 'option', which means the teams will have more sets of softer tyres. This is because they are expected to do more running on them as they get to grips with the track during free practice on Friday.
Full story: Pirelli

Plans to build a race circuit in Mumbai to rival the brand new F1 circuit outside Delhi have been announced but the scheme is still in its very early stages.
Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog

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see also
Saturday's F1 gossip column
22 Oct 11 |  Formula One
Friday's F1 gossip column
21 Oct 11 |  Formula 1
Thursday's F1 gossip column
20 Oct 11 |  Formula 1

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