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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Lewis Hamilton will be among the leading figures featuring in the next Formula 1 teams' association (Fota) fans' forum, which will be at the McLaren Technology Centre on 30 June.
Full story: Fota

Seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher has been voted Germany's greatest sporting figure of all time in a German newspaper poll, despite his low-key return to the sport. The Mercedes driver picked up 28% of the vote, with football legend Franz Beckenbauer in second and reigning F1 champion Sebastian Vettel in 10th. (Bild daily)

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has come to Lewis Hamilton's defence following criticism of the 26-year-old's driving style in recent races. The McLaren driver has had four crashes in the last two races. "People have been wrong to rubbish Lewis," said Ecclestone. "Perhaps Lewis has made one or two questionable moves, but so have many of the others."
Full story: The Independent

Renault boss Eric Boullier has admitted the exhaust ban for 2012 is frustrating for his team. On Saturday, FIA race director Charlie Whiting wrote to the teams detailing a change to the exhaust rules for next year which will effectively mean an end to the innovative system run by Renault during this campaign. Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog

Renault will not back down in its desire to ensure that new engine rules go ahead in 2013, with the French car manufacturer admitting that its Formula 1 future is in the 'red zone' because of uncertainty over the issue.
Full story: Autosport

Former Virgin Racing driver Lucas di Grassi is busy doing tyre development work for Pirelli in Jerez, Spain. The Italian manufacturer is conducting a two-day test on Thursday and Friday this week. Di Grassi tweeted: "Lunch break in Jerez. F1 tyre testing going well. Temperature is rising now near 32C air maybe 50C car. Drinking 1L of water per hour."
Full story: Lucas di Grassi on Twitter

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Wednesday's F1 gossip column
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Tuesday's F1 gossip column
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Monday's F1 gossip column
13 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Sunday's F1 gossip column
12 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Saturday's F1 gossip column
11 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
Friday's F1 gossip column
10 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
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