Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

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An attempt by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation to take over Formula 1 could face stiff opposition from some in the car industry who have been in favour of the sport remaining on free-to-air television because of the large audiences it delivers. Full Story: the Guardian

The potential buyout is only one of a number of options being considered by the media giant, which may instead attempt to buy the rights to broadcast the sport across its TV platforms, which include Sky. Full Story: Sky News

Williams will be taking a number of new car parts to the Turkish Grand Prix after suffering their worst start to a Formula 1 season since joining the sport in the late 1970s. Full Story: gpudate.net

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa believes Mercedes will be contenders for podium places this season after their improved performance in the Chinese Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg twice led the race before finishing fifth, while Michael Schumacher was involved in a battle with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso for seventh. "After Shanghai, we must also consider Mercedes as being part of the fight for the top places," said Massa. "They definitely have a quicker car than us for qualifying, but it's not yet a match for Red Bull." Full Story: ESPN F1

Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore has lauded the rule changes introduced this season and says he has never enjoyed watching the sport so much. He also credited tyre-maufacturer Pirelli for making Formula 1 a better spectacle. "I must say that the new rules have finally made F1 a thrill. Before it was depressive, while now there is unpredictability," the Italian said. Full Story: autosport.com

Hispania Racing driver Tonio Liuzzi is confident that upgrades planned for the Turkish Grand Prix on 8 May will make the car much more competitive in the European leg of the season. The new parts were intended for last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix but did not make it onto the car in time. Full Story: ESPN F1

Silverstone is transforming its radio station into a a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week operation, to be broadcast online and at 87.7FM. The station will feature live commentaries from the venue, phone-ins and stand-alone shows. Full Story: gpupdate.net

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