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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Massa and Kubica
Robert Kubica (right) has been lined up to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari

Ferrari are considering Robert Kubica as a replacement for Felipe Massa in 2013, if he can prove his fitness in one of their cars following the rally accident that kept him out of this season. (Autosport magazine)

Sources close to the United States Grand Prix in Austin say that the planning has become a game of brinkmanship between the two firms at the heart of the project. Full story: Austin Chronicle

Ferrari are running an innovative exhaust system that stores gas in a supplementary closed-ended chamber, potentially to recover power loss caused by their exhaust-blown-diffuser system. (Autosport magazine)

GP2 champion Romain Grosjean has admitted that he came close to quitting racing when he was dropped by Renault at the end of the 2009 season. (Autosport magazine)

Mercedes has followed Williams in experimenting with a 2012-style exhaust during the final day of the Abu Dhabi young driver test.
Full story: Autosport

The Resource-Restriction Agreement could be included in the next Concorde Agreement and Formula 1's sporting regulations, according to McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, the chairman of the F1 Teams' Association (Fota). (Autosport magazine)

GP2 race-winner Charles Pic is set to race for Virgin next year in a deal due to be announced after this month's Brazilian Grand Prix.(Autosport magazine)

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard has joined the line-up of leading grand prix drivers for the Race of Champions in Dusseldorf in December. The 13-times grand prix winner will join world champions Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button, among others. (Race of Champions)

Venezuelan congressman Carlos Ramos is investigating the details of PDVSA's sponsorship of Williams. According to Ramos, no-one in Venezuela - apart from a handful of supporters of the President Hugo Chavez - know much about the agreement with the country's national oil company. Venezuelan law dictates that no public money can be committed to such projects without the approval of the Venezuelan congress.
Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
16 Nov 11 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
14 Nov 11 |  Formula 1
Sunday's F1 gossip column
13 Nov 11 |  Formula 1
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09 Sep 11 |  Formula One
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28 Aug 11 |  Formula One


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