This is the time of year when some sections of the F1 media have little to write about, because the main players have taken time out and are away on holiday during the annual factory closure in early August.

Consequently, this has resulted in all manner of rumours flying around, to such an extent that it feels like all the top drivers have been linked to all the top teams. The recent days have seen Fernando Alonso linked to Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel to Ferrari. Kimi Räikkönen has been linked to Red Bull, Ferrari and his current employer, Lotus F1 Team. It is all rather out of control.

What is fairly clear is that Räikkönen has yet to decide on his plans. His representative, Steve Robertson, was at the Hungarian GP in deep conversation with Lotus boss Eric Boullier. Both declined to talk about what has been going on, but the most likely explanation is that Räikkönen wants to know more about the strength of the team next year.