Plenty to talk about as F1 takes a break

Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:50am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Formula One headed for its annual holidays on Monday with some drivers looking forward to the break more than others and plenty to talk about before the next race in Belgium.

"I'm not so excited about going into the summer break, as we speak," championship-leading Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg told reporters after finishing fourth and behind team mate Lewis Hamilton in Hungary on Sunday.

"Hopefully I will be excited, but it's going to take some time," added the downcast German, whose overall lead was cut to 11 points.

Mercedes will want to resolve behind closed doors the latest flare-up between their drivers after Hamilton ignored a request to allow Rosberg, on a different strategy, to overtake him at the Hungaroring.

"We have to discuss internally. That's the best way forward for us as a team," said Rosberg. "We need to discuss it, we will discuss it, and we will see how we move forward."

The team's non-executive chairman Niki Lauda reckoned the break would take care of matters, however, "because drivers forget quickly.

"After the holidays they start completely normal again," said the Austrian, who backed Hamilton's actions.

Of equally pressing importance for the dominant team is getting to the bottom of the reliability problems that have now hit Hamilton for the last two races.   Continued...