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29 July 15 08:44
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Wednesday, 29 July

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says the team will not be making a decision on the future of driver Kimi Raikkonen until after the summer break. (Sky Sports)

Raikkonen, who has just four points from his last three races, believes recent results have been affected by bad luck and has stressed he still has "the speed and the passion" to compete at the highest level. (ESPN)

Nico Hulkenberg says he is sure his Force India team will be able to identify and resolve the mechanical issues that led to two crashes at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend. (Autosport)

French car manufacturer Renault has dropped a firm hint it plans to end its relationship with Red Bull and buy the Lotus team, with a view to rebranding it for 2017. (Motorsport.com)

September's Singapore Grand Prix is likely to feature closer racing and more overtaking after Formula 1's governing body approved changes to the Marina Bay Street Circuit. (Formula1.com)

Meanwhile, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is clearly enjoying a well-earned break. "Back in my favourite place to be," he tweeted, accompanying the message with a photo.

Tuesday, 28 July

Mark Webber says his relationship with former Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel has vastly improved now the Australian has left Formula 1.(Motorsport.com)

Force India have denied compromising safety in the close fight for fifth in this year's constructors' world championship. (Inautonews via Bild)

We are at the halfway stage of the current Formula 1 season and Lewis Hamilton was making the most of the chance to take a break. He said on his Twitter account: "It's officially the summer break, and the only day I can eat whatever I want so that calls for Pancakes and Bacon!", with the picture included.

Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene said that Sebastian Vettel's win in Hungary at the weekend means the team have now achieved his pre-season target of two victories. (Inautonews)

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff believes his team needs to sort out their starts. (Wheels24)

Lewis Hamilton laughed off his nightmare race in Hungary but Mercedes head Wolff wants answers. (Independent)

Formula 1 needs Bernie Ecclestone in charge more than ever as it seeks to chart a way through its current difficulties, according to Red Bull team chief Christian Horner. (iafrica.com via AFP)

Monday, 27 July

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton apologised on his Instagram account after Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix "did not go to plan". He said: "Today was yet another test of overcoming adversity and personal mistakes". (Lewis Hamilton Instagram)

Meanwhile, Hamilton went on a "secret date" with Barbados pop singer Rihanna in New York on the weekend before the Hungarian Grand Prix. (Sun)

Renault operations director Remi Taffin is expecting a stronger second half to the season after its engines powered three of the top four cars in Sunday's race. (Eurosport)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits that practising their starts for August's Belgian Grand Prix at Hungaroring was a mistake. "You always should live in your time," he reflected. (Formula1.com)

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone jokingly thanked Mercedes for making the race for the title interesting as drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg faltered at the centre of an incident-packed race.(Mercedes Twitter)

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says he had the pace to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, but his bid for victory was scuppered by a clash of tyres with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.(The Age)

As well as sealing his second win of the season with an excellent performance in Hungary, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel found time this weekend to congratulate BBC F1 reporter Lee McKenzie's grandmother on her 100th birthday.

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