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Tuesday's F1 gossip column

BBC Sport brings you a regular round-up of the gossip in newspapers and on specialist websites around the world.

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton has lost his lead in the drivers' championship

Lewis Hamilton feels his title chances are "hanging by a thread" and hopes that the summer lockdown does not stop McLaren's engineers working on ideas "while they are away on the beach".
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Hamilton's team-mate Jenson Button, who finished eighth in Germany on Sunday, says "I was sulking afterwards but already I feel much better. Unless you get upset about a bad finish like that, what's the point of being here?"
Full story: The Sun

Michael Schumacher's bully-boy tactics must be stopped to prevent a deadly accident, says three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, who claims Schumacher was "inviting disaster" during the incident involving Rubens Barrichello in Hungary.
Full story: Daily Express

Three-time world champion Niki Lauda and Schumacher's former team-mate at Ferrari, Eddie Irvine, also line up to criticise the German's dangerous tactics. Irvine says: "It was just pure arrogance... I don't think he was punished enough." (The Times)

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn says his outfit will switch its focus to the 2011 car following the end of the summer break.
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Ferrari will use the last few days before the enforced summer break begins on Saturday to work "at a frenetic pace" to prepare its cars for the Belgian Grand Prix.
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Local companies are not rushing to book Paddock Club hospitality for the South Korean Grand Prix, since the venue is so far removed from the focus of their activities in Seoul.
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If Vitaly Petrov can repeat his Hungarian Grand Prix performance at the coming races he will secure his place at Renault, according to team boss Eric Boullier.
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