Grapevine abuzz at Catalunya

(GMM) The F1 paddock's notorious grapevine buzzed with rumors in the confines of Circuit de Catalunya.

One whisper is that, having lost Adrian Newey and a few other engineers and staff, McLaren's Ron Dennis is putting out the feelers for some new Woking talent.

A name linked with a possible silver switch is that of Renault technical director Bob Bell, who worked at Dennis' team until 1997.

A grand prix with no spectators? It could soon happen at Paul Ricard, Spanish speculation on Saturday said.

Supposedly, the race – at Bernie Ecclestone's own track in France that is not equipped with grandstands or spectator areas – would be called the 'Mediterranean grand prix'.

Bernie might even be planning to personally promote next year's returning Belgian grand prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

75-year-old Ecclestone, meanwhile, will apparently meet with Fernando Alonso after the pair exchanged blows in the press this week. Spaniard Alonso, 24, was annoyed at the F1 supremo's claim that he does not do enough in the role of world champion.

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