Lewis Hamilton is still some distance from finalising a new contract with McLaren, even though his old five-year deal has only four months to run.
After a five-week break, Formula One emerges from its summer hibernation in Belgium this weekend.
As the summer hiatus comes to an end, what's in store from the second half of the Formula One season ?
Jenson Button has insisted he is not yet ready to back Lewis Hamilton's bid for the Formula One championship.
Lewis Hamilton, having arrived here knowing McLaren had provided a quick car and determined to put his puncture and retirement in Germany behind him, was enthusiastic in celebrating his win in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Asked about rumours that he was referred to as "maestro" within Ferrari, the man who 10 races ago looked the unlikeliest candidate to be leading the world championship, replied with a disarmingly honest, straight face: "In Ferrari they call me Fernando normally."
Lewis Hamilton led the way in both practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on Friday.
Lewis Hamilton has distanced himself from remarks made by Ron Dennis, the McLaren executive chairman, relating to his contract, ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix here.
Lewis Hamilton won pole position for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix as he started the new season where he left the last.
Ron Dennis has conceded that he made a mistake when he denied that McLaren’s star signing, Fernando Alonso, had suffered concussion when he crashed during testing in Barcelona last month.