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Max Verstappen in Hungary
Verstappen currently lies in sixth place in the driver stadings

Sunday, 30 July

Red Bull's Max Verstappen claims it has been "one of the hardest weekends" of his career after finishing in fifth after Saturday's qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix. (Planet F1)external-link

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat says his team "didn't tell him anyone was coming" after he was given a three-place grid drop and a penalty point for impeding Williams' Lance Stroll. (First Post)external-link

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says a good opening lap in Hungary is crucial after both Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez failed to make it to Q3. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Fernando Alonso has "special" memories of his first grand prix win in Budapest in 2003 and is relishing racing in this year's race for McLaren. (Formula 1)external-link

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton admits he "didn't think for a moment he had a shot at pole" after Ferrari dominated qualifying with a front-two finish. (The Independent)external-link

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen bemoans the "stupid mistake" he feels cost him pole position in Hungary. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Kevin Magnussen at the Hungarian Grand Prix practise
Kevin Magnussen has had three top 10 finishes in Formula 1 this year (China, Azerbaijan and Monaco)

Saturday, 29 July

Haas' Kevin Magnussen says Lewis Hamilton "doesn't care" about slowing down other drivers and brands the Mercedes driver "disrespectful." (ESPN)external-link

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claims Esteban Ocon "is always in the way" after he felt he was held up by the Force India driving in practice. (Fox Sports)external-link

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas says he was "not quite happy with the balance of the car" following Friday practice for the Hungarian GP. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Haas boss Gunther Steiner said his team "have never struggled this much" following Friday practice. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Kimi Raikkonen says it was "not a major thing" after the Ferrari driver lost control of the car throttle and was forced to stop on the track. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says it is a "good thing" opponents are trying to "ban rather than ignore" his car following questions over technical clarifications. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen, who was third at the British Grand Prix, has claimed three podiums this season and is 79 points behind fellow Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel

Friday, 28 July

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that his current form isn't good enough but is determined to build on his strong performance at the British Grand Prix last time out. (ESPN)external-link

Raikonnen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel has reiterated that he is in no immediate rush to clarify his future beyond the end of the season. (Planet-F1.com)external-link

Felipe Massa says the Hungaroring is the "second or third worst track" for Williams, but remains optimistic of a top-10 this weekend. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Haas driver Romain Grosjean says he has cleared the air with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff after their disagreement at the British Grand Prix. Grosjean was unhappy that Lewis Hamilton appeared to get in his way during qualifying. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Force India driver Sergio Perez hopes to have a contract for 2018 in place when the championship resumes after the summer break. (Autosport)external-link

Sauber F1 Team Principal Frederic Vasseur insists the decision for the team to end the planned partnership with Honda was a mutual one. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen enjoys making time for the fans ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Thursday, 27 July

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen has been on the podium once so far this season, finishing third at the Chinese GP

Jos Verstappen has put pressure on Red Bull to deliver a race-winning car for his son Max next year or else his future will become "complicated". (RTLGP, via Planet-F1.com)external-link

Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul has insisted Jolyon Palmer's future is not under any "immediate threat" from Robert Kubica, who is not being lined up for the second half of the season. (Fox Sports Asia)external-link

Force India driver Esteban Ocon believes he could have been "flipping burgers" at a fast-food restaurant if it were not for the intervention of Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. (Planet-F1.com)external-link

Kimi Raikkonen's tyre problem at the British Grand Prix was caused by external damage rather than a structural or wear issue, Pirelli has concluded. (Motorsport.com)external-link

McLaren Young Driver Programme member Lando Norris is to drive for the team in next week's post-Hungary test. (F1.com)external-link

Nico Rosberg
We're loving the fact Nico Rosberg's British GP paddock pass category simply states 'F1 World Champion'. However, even the reigning champion doesn't get to go wherever he wants, as shown by 'no access to the starting grid' on his pass

Wednesday, 26 July

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull Racing team are currently sponsored by Aston Martin

Aston Martin want to take on arch-rival Ferrari on the racetrack. The British luxury brand is considering joining Formula 1 as an engine supplier when new powertrain rules come into effect in 2021. (Drive)external-link

Renault's under-pressure British driver Jolyon Palmer says his bad luck "has to end," as potential replacement Robert Kubica's chances of a return continue to improve. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Formula 1's social media offering is the fastest growing sports brand on social media with triple the growth of the Champions League, MLB, Nascar, NBA and the Premier League accounts. (Motorsport week)external-link

Max Verstappen is "disappointed" for one of the first times in his career, according to his father and former F1 driver Jos Verstappen. (Sports Mole)external-link

Felipe Massa has hinted that he could make a move to Formula E once his unexpected 16th season in Formula 1 comes to an end. (F1Today.net)external-link

Haas F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean has announced on Twitter that his wife is expecting their third child ...

Romain Grosjean
'It's a girl'

Tuesday, 25 July

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (left) and team boss Toto Wolff
Hamilton is one point behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' title race

Lewis Hamilton is "building a legacy as one of the sport's greatest drivers", according to the three-time champion's team boss, Toto Wolff. (F1Today.net)external-link

Wolff also says his team are showing an "energy and determination like never before" as they battle with Ferrari for the drivers' and constructors' titles this season. (Crash.net.)external-link

Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul says it is "critical" Jolyon Palmer scores points at the Hungary Grand Prix. (Racer)external-link

McLaren's Fernando Alonso says the fact there is less reliance on power at the Hungary Grand Prix means the race "presents one of the best opportunities for us this year". (ESPN)external-link

Honda's F1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa says the engine supplier needs to know "now" whether Sauber will be racing with their engines next year. (Racer)external-link

Monday, 24 July

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton says he wants two F1 races in Britain

Renault driver Jolyon Palmer says he has torched his "unlucky underpants" as he seeks a change of fortune in Hungary this week. (Reuters)external-link

Singapore race promoter Colin Syn says a deal for the race to continue in 2018 and beyond is "very close."(Motorsport.com)external-link

Reigning world champion Nico Rosberg is considering study options at Stanford University after visiting the college earlier this week as part of his tour around California. (NBC Sports)external-link

Lewis Hamilton feels his home country should be pushing for two British races as well as ensuring the future of Formula 1 at Silverstone. (Crash.net)external-link

Former Sauber driver Felipe Nasr is still working on a 2018 F1 return, but concedes a future in IndyCar could be a more realistic target .(Autosport)external-link

Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul says there is "no reason" for the team to have such poor reliability.(Eurosport)external-link

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