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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

The Circuit of the Americas is due to host it's first F1 race in 2012
Austin's US Grand Prix is accused of being too ambitious

Fears over the funding of the 2012 United States Grand Prix, due to be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, have eased according to Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell. Event organisers have agreed to contribute $4m (£2.5m) per year, for a period of 10 years, ending speculation taxpayers would have to contribute money upfront for the race.
Full story: Austin Chronicle

The inaugural Indian Grand Prix on 30 October will not face the same ticketing problems which blighted the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 and this year's ICC Cricket World Cup according to Ashish Hemrajani, the head of ticketing for the event.
Full story: Reuters

Lewis Hamilton's father, Anthony, has leapt to the defence of his son following a turbulent period which has seen the McLaren driver have four separate incidents at the last two races. "It was just motor racing," said Anthony Hamilton. "He just has to remain how he is, carry on driving how he is driving."(Press Association)

Sauber driver Sergio Perez is confident he will be fit to race at the European Grand Prix on 26 June after missing the last two events following his crash in qualifying in Monaco. The Mexican said: "I flew home from Montreal, and back in Mexico I spent the time preparing myself for the next race and trained together with our physiotherapist. I feel perfectly well and I'm very much looking forward to racing in Valencia." (Sauber)

Red Bull's chief technical officer Adrian Newey says Sebastian Vettel's mature approach to racing has been key to his success. "He is always in the paddock in the evening, speaking with his engineers, going through the data and reflecting on what he did in the car," said Newey. "I think that's one thing all great drivers have in common."
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The ban on the off-throttle use of blown diffusers will definitely come into force at the British Grand Prix after details were finalised by technical chiefs and the FIA, the sport's governing body, on Thursday.
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Argentina and Mexico, two countries formerly part of the Formula 1 calendar, are evaluating plans which could see both become capable of holding F1 races again.
Full story: F1 Fanatic

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is the third highest-paid non-American athlete in the world according to Sports Illustrated's latest annual survey. The Spaniard, who trailed Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and boxer Manny Pacquiao in the list, has an estimated $45m (£27.9m) fortune. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was 13th.
Full story: Sports Illustrated

Russian fans will get a taste of F1 when Renault and Virgin Racing take to the streets of Sochi, the Black Sea resort which is set to host Russia's first F1 race in 2014, for a demonstration on 17 July.
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see also
Thursday's F1 gossip column
16 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
15 Jun 11 |  Formula One
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
14 Jun 11 |  Formula 1
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
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