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31 Jul 2017

Sunday’s Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij 2017 was full of drama on the track, but what was going on behind the scenes in the build-up to the Hungaroring weekend? Here's just some of the highlights...

Nice lines

Some all important family time for Felipe Massa, watching his son karting - the way he hits that apex suggests dad has been teaching him well.

#Felipinho 🤙🏼🤙🏼

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Step to it

Valtteri Bottas displays some pretty nifty footwork during his pre-Budapest training.



Budapest bull run

Red Bull provided Hungarian fans with a pre-race taste of F1 action on the streets of the nation's capital. 



In the picture

Not many people get to share a photo with the son of a Beatle and the nephew of Brazil's most iconic F1 driver - Felipe Massa is one of them.



Ain't no party...

...like a Toro Rosso party. You had to be there.



Pilot pooch

Come on Lewis - Roscoe is ready to roll.



The heat is on

Not content with them battling on track, Toro Rosso decide to pit their drivers against each other in another high-pressure environment. 



Know your neighbour?

They came a little too close for comfort in Sunday's race, but this suggests Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are normally quite good friends.



Slot car envy

What would the Mercedes team like to be doing during their tea breaks back at base? Going racing, of course.



Pool of talent

The Grand Prix wasn't the only major sporting event going on in the Hungarian capital over the weekend...



Felicitations Fernando

Still the quickest man on track - in terms of Sunday's fastest lap at least - it's hard to believe Fernando Alonso has just turned 36.



Fit to pit

Ahead of Saturday morning pit stop practice, the Haas and Renault crews prove equally conscientious in their warm-up routines. 



Here's looking at you Carlos

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz is forced to revise some late modifications to his Hungaroring helmet.



Duty calls

When someone described Valtteri Bottas as a 'safe pair of hands', this is probably not what they had in mind.



Birthday boy

The life of an 'Formula 1 dad' is not always an easy one, so what better way to send a message home to your loved ones than via an F1 pit board.


And there's another on the way...



Everything on the table

Williams' Lance Stroll and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne are in competition mode early on Sunday - with personal and national pride at stake.



Beach bum

For once, there really doesn't appear to be any place Fernando Alonso would rather be - thanks to this spectacular mural in the Budapest paddock.



Crowd pleaser

Good job Lewis Hamilton doesn't normally get this much wheelspin off the line!



Wishful thinking

Daniel Ricciardo made this not-unreasonable prediction ahead of Sunday's race. Seems he wasn't counting on a 'disagreement' with his Red Bull team mate...



Back in the limelight

It was a hectic weekend for Williams reserve Paul di Resta after his last-minute call up to replace Felipe Massa, but we're guessing he enjoyed every minute.



Scottish wannabe

Outlander actor Sam Heughan was a guest at Force India, seemingly looking to follow in the footsteps of returning compatriot Paul di Resta at Williams.



Car spotting

Actor Ashton Kutcher was among the famous faces enjoying the F1 action in Budapest.



Toto's tot

Best way to unwind after a tense 70 laps in Hungary? Some quality time with your new son Jack (good to see he's in team kit already!)



Get well soon Felipe!

He may have pulled out of the Hungary weekend with dizzy spells, but there was no way Mr Massa - senior or junior - was going to miss Sunday's race...