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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Bernie Ecclestone
Ecclestone is giving evidence in a trial of a German banker

Stephen Mullens, the former lawyer and business partner of Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, is to be called to testify in the bribery trial of German investment banker Gerhard Gribkowsky. Mr Mullens will follow Mr Ecclestone into the witness box to give evidence about alleged bribes paid to Dr Gribkowsky relating to the 2006 sale of F1 to CVC Partners.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Ecclestone has said that he stood to lose "in excess of £2 billion" if Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs demanded tax on the trust fund set up for his ex-wife and daughters. Ecclestone has told Germany's biggest post-war corruption trial that he made payments to Gribkowsky to prevent him making "vindictive" accusations to the British tax authorities about the trust.
Full story: the Times (requires subscription)

Kimi Raikkonen says he has no agreement to race in Formula 1 next season with Williams, but admits he has been talking to the team.
Full story: Turun Sanomat (in Finnish)

Formula 1 team principals have postponed a meeting planned for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to discuss the future of the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA).
Full story: Autosport

Jenson Button has warned his rivals: I'll be an even stronger F1 force next year.
Full story: The Sun

Button denies saying that: "Headline grabbers sell papers, it's just a pity I didn't say it!! ;-)"
Jenson Button on Twitter

Button has heralded the current depth of talent in F1 as much greater than when he made his debut 11 years ago. (Autosport magazine)

Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Sauber's Sergio Perez and Renault's Vitaly Petrov were among the drivers to take the field for a charity football match in Abu Dhabi.
Full story: Pirelli's official Facebook page

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Wednesday's F1 gossip column
09 Nov 11 |  Formula 1


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