Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Team Lotus ran their 2011 car in a straightline aerodynamic test at Duxford aviation museum. Technical officer Mike Gascoyne reports on social networking site Twitter: "Fantastic day here in Duxford, sun is out, great announcement about the tie-up with Caterham cars and lots of fans. Hope everyone enjoyed." Team Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter

Jenson Button is pressing on with his preparations at McLaren ahead of the European leg of the season. He reports: "Morning! Just about to arrive at the MTC [McLaren Technology Centre]. Made good progress yesterday in the simulator so more of the same today please!!!" Jenson Button on Twitter

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe says he is feeling "emotional" after what he described as his "most challenging" winter in 20 years which culminated in Lewis Hamilton's win for McLaren in China. Lowe also reveals that he was loaded down with eight extra boxes of carbon fibre components to add to the car when he arrived in Shanghai. McLaren

Mercedes say they are making the most of a "golden opportunity" in between China and Turkey to work on developing their 2011 car. The team report: "Back at the factory in Brackley, everyone has been working hard to get ready for Turkey." Mercedes GP

Force India begin their search for a future driving star
Force India begin their search for a future driving star from India

Force India began its first series of talent searches to find and nuture a future racing star from India. The F1 team ran its first series of regional karting trials for 14-17 year-olds in Mumbai with a further six events to be held across India in the next month before the finale close to the team's HQ in Silverstone. Force India

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher already has one eye on the Race of Champions event which takes place in Frankfurt in December. Schumacher says he likes the event so much because, "you have a party in the evening, just have fun with your mates and enjoy driving exotic cars".Michael Schumacher

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