Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Michael Schumacher's former team-mate Johnny Herbert believes the German may retire for good at the end of this season after failing to beat a talented new generation of drivers since his return to Formula 1. The Nationalexternal-link

Meanwhile, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton paid Red Bull's Championship leader Sebastian Vettel the ultimate compliment by comparing him to seven-times world champion Schumacher, who drives for Mercedes. Daily Starexternal-link

Schumacher has received the full backing from his Mercedes GP team, who say they have no doubts the German can help deliver strong results despite his difficult race in Turkey last weekend. Autosportexternal-link

McLaren driver Jenson Button has launched an F-word rant at critics who believe the Formula 1 season is already over. The Sunexternal-link

Renault technical director James Allison says he is "very confident" about the programme of updates that his team is bringing to its car over the next few races, with the target being a return to the podium. Autosportexternal-link

Sebastien Buemi's future at Toro Rosso looks more secure after a fine performance in the Turkey Gran Prix. "Buemi has really matured. He has learned from his mistakes and with his new fitness coach is now focused on his job. He's a driver with a future," said Toro Rosso's technical boss Giorgio Ascanell. Blickexternal-link

The car in which British driver James Hunt secured his maiden F1 victory is to be sold at auction later this year at Silverstone. Crash.netexternal-link

Williams driver Rubens Barrichello believes the FIA [F1's governing body] is putting the safety of drivers at risk by allowing teams to run the new [DRS] Drag Reduction System at the Monaco Grand Prix later this month. Autosportexternal-link

Polish F1 driver Robert Kubica has a further small operation as he enters a new phase of rehabilitation three months after his career-threatening rally accident. Reutersexternal-link

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