F1: Hungarian Grand Prix Preview
Formula One is back this weekend with the Hungarian Grand Prix and we will be there! F1 may look a little different in Budapest, read on to find out why and see our race predictions.
Nürburgring F1 Recap
When I think back to the German Grand Prix, all I can remember is Mark Webber’s wheel bouncing down the pit lane and the look of disbelief on everyone’s faces in the room when the unfortunate camera man was hit. The camera man in question suffered a broken shoulder and cracked rib which sound nasty but if you saw the incident, you will know that it could have been much worse! We hope he makes a speedy recovery.
Sebastian Vettel won the race and astonishingly it was his first home race win and his first ever win in the month of July. Vettel was pushed close by both the Lotus cars and Mercedes showed that they have still not overcome the tyre degradation issues that have plagued them the last few seasons although the unexpected heat did not help.
Hungarian Grand Prix Preview
Heat will most likely be the theme in Budapest this weekend, with temperatures of 37 degrees expected on Sunday the track temperature will be astronomical and could make for another disappointing Mercedes race day.
McLaren have been king over the past two seasons but with their recent form we can’t expect too much although a cheeky fifth place might be possible. Red Bull will be strong as always but Lotus were very strong here last year and the added heat may well help them. The race will be a bit of an unknown however with completely new tyres (2012 construction with 2013 compounds) having only been tested during the young driver test at Silverstone in between races. Mercedes will be the only team to have zero experience using the new tyres and while pole position is still a distinct possibility, I’m not holding out much hope for Sunday.
Following the pit lane wheel incident at the German Grand Prix, the FIA have tightened their rules about pit lane/garage access for press during qualifying and the race. This could mean that F1 through a television is completely different as pictures from pit stops etc may be completely missing or filmed from funny angles. Only cameramen from official broadcaster FOM are to be allowed in the pit lane and they must stay on the pit wall at all times. Whether the regular pit lane reporters will still be allowed in and around the garages I am not too sure.
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Sebastian Vettel
- Romain Grosjean
- Fernando Alonso
- Lewis Hamilton
Perhaps a little bold but I have gone for Kimi to take the win on Sunday. With the tyres being a bit of an unknown, we do know that the Lotus will be easy on them and in the extreme heat both Kimi and Romain have performed well this season as well as at this Grand Prix last year. I expect Hamilton to start on the front row but holding onto it will be extremely difficult unless these new tyres provide some sort of magic cure for Mercedes.
We will be in attendance with Infiniti and Red Bull Racing, so keep up to date with our live tweets @averagejoesblog with pictures and gossip from the weekend, including some time with Team Boss Christian Horner and test driver Sebastien Buemi so stay tuned!
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 1 – 17:15 – 18:40 (highlights)
Race – Lights out – 13:00
Sky F1 – 11:30 – 16:15
BBC 1 – 17:05 – 18:35 (highlights)
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