Setting the scene for Germany

Setting the scene for Germany

Karun Chandhok got a new drive, Mark Webber talked about team orders, and Fernando Alonso about his ambitions. Edd Straw reflects on the main stories of the build-up of the German Grand Prix

Sometimes actions and words prove not to be entirely compatible, and it was amusing to note that the announcement that Karun Chandhok would be taking Jarno Trulli's Team Lotus seat for the weekend having spent the first half of the year on work experience was closely followed by Tony Fernandes's claim that a contract extension was nigh for the Italian.

Then again, sometimes what isn't said - in this case exactly what such a deal might entail for Trulli - is all-important and it's easy to see him slipping into an 'ambassadorial' role in the future, even though he will return in Hungary next week to try the new Jarno-spec power steering.

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