F1: Last rumours and drivers talks; Briatore, Virgin, Maldonado and Schumacher

Flavio Briatore has denied reports he is close to working with Pirelli; Virgin team boss John Booth has played down reports he is considering replacing Lucas di Grassi for the 2011 season; Pastor Maldonado is now close to switching to F1 for 2011; Michael Schumacher’s spokeswoman has played down rumours the champion is reconsidering his decision to return to formula one.

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F1: Who (will) sit where, when, why; The latest news

Bruno Senna is expecting to keep his race seat at HRT for the rest of the 2010 season; Nico Hulkenberg has indicated he is close to extending his stay at Williams; Lotus could be set to announce its 2011 driver lineup on the verge of the Singapore grand prix in two week; Jerome d’Ambrosio has been offered a race seat with Virgin next year if he can find the necessary budget.

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