F1 : Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

The second of back to back races takes F1 to Hungary in the final race before the three week summer break. This race is crucial in the championship as it will be a great summer break for the Mercedes driver who scores the most points and a miserable one for the other.

German Grand Prix Recap

You guessed it, Saturday provided more drama with Lewis Hamilton having a break failure in Q1 which saw his qualifying over, a 20th place start following a gearbox change. This left it open for Rosberg to secure a simple pole position in his home Grand Prix.

Similar to Silverstone, a first lap collision saw Massa out of the race after colliding with Magnussen, a safety car this time though, rather than a red flag. It is when a Mercedes driver qualifies out of position that you really see their pace, starting on the harder tyre, Hamilton was already up to 10th when his competitors on the quicker, softer tyre started to make their pit stops. Mercedes were confident of securing second place for Lewis but a collision with Button on lap 30 damaged his wing, losing downforce and pace but Hamilton was still able to catch and pass drivers. Switching to a three stop strategy, chasing down Bottas in two stints on the softer tyres it still looked set for Hamilton to get second but they pitted early, expecting a safety car which never came so when Hamilton caught Bottas, he didn’t have the tyres left to pass with his damaged car.

Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

It can be hard to overtake in Hungary so it will be crucial for Lewis Hamilton to end his qualifying issues and return to pole position. Following the crash in Germany and Lewis changing his brake compound, this may unsettle him as it did when he first joined the team as braking is a huge part of Hamilton’s pace. Can he first get a clean qualifying session and overhaul the in form Rosberg? Of course he can, but whether it will happen is a different matter. Coming out on top in all three practice sessions won’t have done any harm however.

Red Bull have been looking like the best of the rest so far in Hungary so expect a strong race from them and although Williams have looked a little off their best so far, they should also be in with a shout of the podium.

Race Predictions

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Daniel Ricciardo
  5. Valteri Bottas

Expect the Mercedes cars to be a class above as usual with Red Bull starting to make the most of their usual strong in season development. It has been a while since we have seen Bottas and Massa battle is out to see who is the quickest so a clean first lap for Massa would be great.

The Hungarian Grand Prix is live on Sky with highlights on the BBC, here are the times:

Qualifying – Green light – 13:00
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 14:35
BBC 2 – 17:40 – 18:55 (highlights)

Race – Lights out – 13:00
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 15:30
BBC 1 – 17:10 – 18:30 (highlights)

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