Formula 1 gossip column

MONDAY, 28 JULY

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has received the support of Niki Lauda, a three-time F1 champion and non-executive director at the German outfit, for not following team orders to let Nico Rosberg pass him at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Daily Express (external)

Ricciardo is currently ahead of Red Bull team-mate and world champion Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' standings

Caterham's new owners are facing legal action from about 40 members of staff the team dismissed before the German Grand Prix. Autosport (external)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says his second place at the Hungarian GP felt like a win after the Italian team's struggles so far this season. ESPN (external)

Alonso and Hamilton have each praised the quality of driving from Hungarian GP winner and Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo. grandprix.com (external)

Ricciardo posted a picture of himself on Twitter (external) with a bottle of champagne and the message: "Can't guarantee this guy's gonna remain sober for much longer this evening."