Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

The Michael Schumacher camp has hit back at those who claim the seven-time World Champion is close to quitting the sport for good, saying "they should know better". Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has made it clear that the 42-year-old is not ready to leave Mercedes just yet. Bild (in German)external-link

Renault is to lodge a request with the FIA to expand its engine supply deal to four teams in 2012, as talks with potential new partners - including Williams - enters an advanced stage. The French car manufacturer already supplies Renault, Red Bull Racing and Team Lotus, but is keen to add another team to its roster for next year. Autosportexternal-link

Turkish officials are sounding more optimistic about keeping their Grand Prix on the F1 calendar after talks with the sport's commercial supremo, Bernie Ecclestone. The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce's head, Murat Yalcintas, admitted before last Sunday's race at Istanbul Park that the grand prix faced the axe next year because of a disagreement with Ecclestone over payments. Guardianexternal-link

Team Lotus has announced that it has joined forces with Ruroc, the British helmet and goggle manufacturer, which becomes an official supplier of the squad. The RG-1 model of helmet will now be worn by the pit crew of the Norfolk-based squad. GPUpdateexternal-link

Former Renault technical director Pat Symonds believes Mike Coughlan will return to Formula 1 with Williams as a better person, having learned from his involvement in the controversy surrounding the 2007 McLaren spy scandal. Ex-McLaren designer Coughlan, who Williams have appointed as their new chief engineer, was banned from F1 for two-years for having in his possession in 2007 a secret Ferrari dossier. Autosportexternal-link

Force India team manager Andy Stevenson says their ultimate aim this year is to beat the Mercedes works team. "Mercedes are a very strong outfit and they seem to be moving forward, but they're still not a million miles from where we are and that's got to be our aim: to get in front of Mercedes," said Stevenson, who hopes their cause will be helped by updates introduced to their car from Spain onwards. Force India official podcastexternal-link

Virgin say they are keen to continue with their Belgian driver Jerome d'Ambrosio in the wake of reports that his place in the team is under threat because his sponsors have not paid the funding that secures his drive. "Jérôme is one to watch for the future," team principal John Booth told BBC Sport. "As with any driver agreement with the team, as long as the terms of the contract are fulfilled, it would be our intention to continue with Jérôme."

German driver Timo Glock has warned that Virgin Racing will be in trouble if the team cannot make updates work in the future. Glock missed Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul after encountering problems with his Virgin on the way to the grid when he lost fifth gear.Setantaexternal-link

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