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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Jenson Button will end his Formula 1 career as a McLaren driver after signing one of the longest and most lucrative contracts in the sport. Button, 31, is understood to have committed himself for at least another four years in a deal worth up to £50m.
Full story: The Times

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has set his sights on beating Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton to finish the season second in the championship to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. "Clearly, if one looks at the way recent races have gone, it will definitely not be easy," he said, "as my closest rivals seem to have that little bit extra in terms of car performance, but that does not mean it's a lost cause. We know we have to do everything perfectly if we want to reach our goal and we will be trying right to the very end."
Full story: Fernando Alonso's Ferrari website blog But on arriving in Japan, Alonso said he "would prefer to win one of the remaining five races (than) to be second in the world championship".
Full story: Autosport

Next year's Red Bull car will "amaze" the team's rivals, according to chief technical officer Adrian Newey.
Full story: Turun Sanomat (in Finnish)

Bernie Ecclestone says he is not concerned by Tuesday's advisory ruling by the European Court of Justice permitting the use of foreign decoders to watch sport in the UK.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

The recruitment of Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis to head up the two main technical groups at Mercedes GP will allow the squad to compete at the front on a regular basis, according to team principal Ross Brawn.(Autosport magazine)



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05 Oct 11 |  Formula 1


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