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It's a short turn-around from Austria to England this week for the F1 paddock. Good thing that Austria is reasonably close (Austria - you know, the one without the kangaroos). One might be forgiven for thinking the Spielberg event was a fashion show featuring men in romper suits / shorts / lederhosen but there was actually a race on. Actually, to be fair, the real interest in the race was on the last lap when the two Mercedes drivers decided to go all crash bandicoot on each other. Mercedes have done their best to hose down renewed speculation of a rift between their drivers, but I'd have to say Niki Lauda's interview / retraction / clarification hasn't really helped things. The most recent team 'clarification' seems to indicate that while team orders have not been imposed both drivers have been 'yellow carded' and no further mario kart-style driving will be tolerated. I also suspect both drivers are very aware Pascal Wehrlein is waiting in the wings to take the first available Mercedes seat and has some very impressive results in the Manor under his belt.

So we look forward to Silverstone, and with three drivers from the UK in the paddock this weekend to share the 'home town' honours (not to mention many of the teams considering this a 'home' race) there will be plenty to keep the media interested and hopefully distracted from the goings-on at Mercedes. There's also a test session next week after the race where we'll get to see some of the reserve / young drivers, which should provide some fodder for the driver silly season rumours.

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