Mercedes were on another level in both practice sessions ahead of the German Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg leading Lewis Hamilton in the morning and the afternoon. Sebastian Vettel was third fastest but couldn’t keep up with the leading pair.
After an ever-increasing clamp down on what is and isn’t allowed to be said to drivers over the radio from the pit wall, the German Grand Prix looks set to be a free-for-all in terms of radio traffic. The Strategy Group have met in Geneva and agreed to relieve the pressure on the pit wall allowing them to say whatever they like.
The summer break is just around the corner but before we get there we've got one more event to bring this bumper section of calendar to a conclusion. With five races in six weeks, it's no surprise that everyone in F1 is tired and could do with a rest, but there's no chance of that this weekend with the challenge of Hockenheim rearing up ahead of them. There was no German Grand Prix last year, so it's a chance for the German fans to get up close and personal with F1 2016.
James Allison, technical director at Ferrari, has left the team with immediate effect, after three years spent in the red shirts. Allison joined midway through 2013 after a successful period with Lotus Renault, and helped the Scuderia regain the ability to win races, but recent results have not been as good as anticipated. He had signed a contract extension until 2018 but has now split from the squad.
Back to back racing is starting to tell on our boys in the overalls, they're all going a little bit crazy if the post-race videos are anything to go by. This week there are points for sharing insight into the madness, as well as for doing a mediocre job answering F1's quiz questions, and for posting some amusing if confusing skits.
While Hungary has tended to go against the grain, with better races than expected, Sunday was a bit of a return to the norm. It wasn’t terrible, with close racing and tactical battles but overtaking on track was clearly an issue, leaving many to use strategy and quick pitstops, like Renault, to jump up the field. As ever though, the cream rose to the top and there were several strong performances resulting in good points.
Far from the washout of qualifying, the Hungaroring was basking in soaring temperatures on race day. Nico Rosberg lost out from pole position off the start line, with Hamilton moving into first and Ricciardo briefly getting into second before dropping back again. Jenson Button suffered some kind of brake failure, lost all his pace, was told to retire the car and then instructed to stay out.
We were anticipating something good after a mixed up qualifying due to rain. However, the clouds stayed away today leaving us with a more traditional Hungarian Grand Prix. There were some strategy calls to watch out for, and plenty of tense fighting, but overtaking is notoriously difficult so the results were more down to luck and keeping your head down than anything else.