Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

The new Silverstone pit and paddock nearing its completion in March 2011
The 'Silverstone Wing' will be in use for the British Grand Prix on 8-10 July

The new £27m 'Silverstone Wing' pit and paddock complex has been completed ahead of schedule and will be officially unveiled on 17 May. The ceremony will be performed by the Duke of Kent and Damon Hill, the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club. (Press Association)

McLaren's mechanics were still celebrating Lewis Hamilton's Chinese Grand Prix win as they boarded a plane on their way back to the team's Woking headquarters on Sunday night. "I can only imagine how they're reacting back at the factory," said Hamilton.Full story: the Times (subscription required)

But Hamilton's pit crew may have earned themselves some unwanted physical exercise after they fixed the Englishman's engine just in time for him to take his place on the starting grid. "Their hearts were massively racing when they were trying to work on my car and the pit stops were the best they have ever been," said Hamilton.Full story: Reuters

McLaren's principal race engineer Phil Prew has revealed that the team began Sunday's race intending to make two pit stops, but changed strategy on the basis of feedback from Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button.Full story: autosport.com

The drag-reduction system - known as DRS for short - that has aided overtaking this season has been hailed as perhaps "the best idea ever" by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.Full story: autosport.com

Renault boss Eric Boullier admits that he will review the team's strategy ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix after the team failed to land a third consecutive podium finish in China. Vitaly Petrov, in ninth, scored the team's only points in Shanghai.Full story: GPUpdate

The future of the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring could be under threat after members of a newly elected coalition government in the region signalled their intention to end state funding for the circuit's Formula 1 contract.Full story: ESPN F1

The Circuit of the Americas, which is under construction in Austin and due to host Formula 1's return to the United States in 2012, could lose US$25m (£15.4m) of funding in a reorganisation of the Texas budget.Full story: KXAN.com

Virgin Racing owner Richard Branson has offered an AirAsia X passenger the chance to shave his legs before he dresses and serves as an air stewardess on a flight on 1 May. The billionaire hopes to raise £400,000 for charity through the stunt which is part of a forfeit, following a bet with AirAsia founder and Lotus co-principal Tony Fernandes over their teams' performances in 2010. (Agence France Presse)

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