F1 gossip: Rosberg, Hamilton, Palmer, Alonso, halo

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso celebrated his 35th birthday in Hockenheim

Friday, 29 July

Nico Rosberg is aiming to leapfrog Mercedes' team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the German Grand Prix on a circuit that brings back 'great memories' from his childhood. (PlanetF1)

Formula 1's Strategy Group have done 'the right thing' by postponing the halo protection device, Red Bull boss Christian Horner says. (Motorsport)

The Strategy Group has reportedly agreed to guarantee standing starts in wet races in 2017, with drivers to do a series of exploratory laps behind the safety car. (Autosport)

Renault driver Jolyon Palmer believes that the decision to allow Rosberg's pole lap at Hungarian Grand Prix to stand has set a 'dangerous precedent'. (Daily Mail)

Formula 1 is set to investigate the idea of 'active' cockpit protection, designed to deflect debris away from a drivers' head in an accident. (Motorsport)

@NicoRosberg
Nico Rosberg is ready for the German Grand Prix

Thursday, 28 July

The FIA may have to force the halo through on safety grounds to get the cockpit protection device on Formula 1 cars in 2017. (Autosport)

McLaren believe its chassis is now as good as Ferrari's - and would be strong enough to fight with its Italian rival for third place in the championship if the Honda engine was more powerful. (Motorsport.com)

Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Daniel Ricciardo were among the current drivers to take part in a 'Champions for Charity' football match, in honour of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher. (Daily Mail)

Formation lap? F1's football XI

Daniel Ricciardo posted a picture himself stood on the touchline and wrote: "Had a great time last night but definitely felt I was more useful here than on the pitch."

Jenson Button at the summit of Mont Ventox
Jenson Button said professionals who race to the summit of Mont Ventox are "iron men"

Rio Haryanto will drive for Manor in this weekend's German Grand Prix after securing funds to see him through the weekend at Hockenheim. (Autosport)

Jenson Button posted a video of himself cycling up Mont Ventoux, the legendary mountain that features in the Tour de France. With his tongue firmly in his cheek, Button described the climb as "easy-peasy" and like a "Sunday stroll".

Wednesday, 27 July

Fernando Alonso at the karting track at his museum
Fernando Alonso won the Formula 1 drivers' title in 2005 and 2006

McLaren's Fernando Alonso believes the sport will return to "what Formula 1 should be" in 2017 with new rules designed to produce faster cars, better tyres and enhanced aerodynamics. (Autosport)

Renault say their improved form at the Hungarian Grand Prix has raised hopes that they can go on the attack in the second half of the season. (Motorsport.com)

Carlos Sainz hopes the upgrade Toro Rosso will be bringing to this weekend's German Grand Prix will allow them to get the better of McLaren. (F1i.com)

Romain Grosjean wants the Haas team to get to the bottom of a balance issue before Hockenheim. (Autosport)

Fernando Alonso joined a group of children at his karting campus at his museum in Asturias, Spain, which he described as a "fantastic" experience.

Tuesday, 26 July

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton has won five of the past six races to overtake Nico Rosberg in the drivers' championship

Nico Rosberg reiterated that he is not looking at the points table just yet after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton overtook the German in the world championship at the Hungarian Grand Prix. (PlanetF1)

Force India has accepted the blame for the "miscommunication" that led to Sergio Perez's badly executed second pit stop in Hungary. (Autosport)

After a seventh-placed finish at the Hungaroring, McLaren's Fernando Alonso highlighted his previous successes at the German Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend. (Instagram)

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso has won the German Grand Prix three times

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes they are only likely to get stronger over the second half of the season after moving within one point of Ferrari in the battle for second in the constructors' championship.(Sky Sports)

German driver Pascal Wehrlein says he would like to race with Manor for a second season.(The Checkered Flag)

Monday, 25 July

Sebastian Vettel believes the stewards' decision to allow Nico Rosberg's pole position lap to stand at the Hungarian Grand Prix sets a bad example for junior categories. (ESPN)

McLaren have dismissed rumours that Stoffel Vandoorne could replace Rio Haryanto at Manor for the remainder of this season. (Fox Sports)

Fernando Alonso was happy to be the "best of the rest" behind the three fastest teams over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend after finishing seventh in every session. (NBC Sports)

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was enjoying himself on the flight home from Hungary, though his video message to fans was interrupted by David Coulthard and Jenson Button. He tweeted: "Special flight home with the crew last night. @JensonButton with the tunes 😄 #topgun #sundaynightflight"

Teenager Max Verstappen says his Red Bull had the pace to make the podium in Hungary but the team miscalculated on his pit stops. (F1.co.uk)

Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean says he can learn a lot from an afternoon's racing at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday where "nothing really worked" for him. (The Checkered Flag)

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