After Hamilton had yet more home success in Silverstone 2 weeks ago and closes Vettel’s championship lead down to a single point, let’s look ahead to what promises to be another fascinating instalment of the 2017 season and the final event before the summer break, the Hungarian Grand Prix.
A mainstay on the F1 calendar since 1986 the Hungarian GP is located at the 4.3 kilometre (2.7 mile) Hungaroring, a purpose built race track situated just outside Budapest. It is a narrow and twisty circuit and due to not being used that often it can be quite dusty too. Notorious for being a difficult circuit to overtake on, not only is a good qualifying session a must but pit strategy has to be on point also. Add in that there has only been 2 wet races in the Grand Prix’s 31 year history and that the forecast for the weekend has the temperature hovering around 30 degrees, don’t expect the weather to be mixing the grid up much either.
That being said the pole sitter hasn’t won the Hungarian GP since 2013 when the race was dominated by Lewis Hamilton who won the race by more than 10 seconds. And with Vettel proving to be a worthy adversary for the 3 time world champion this year, Hamilton may need to harness the same energy which saw him win that day and on 4 other occasions making him the most successful driver at the Hungaroring.
With there being less of an emphasis on top speed you can expect the Red Bull’s to be more of a potent threat here too with both their driver’s in the top 5 the last 2 years and Ricciardo claiming 3rd on both occasions
And let’s not discount the Ferrari’s here. They have been a lot more competitive this year and are still in the constructor’s battle. Not to mention Lewis’ teammate Valterri Bottas, finally getting some wins under his belt he is out to prove he belongs in the Mercedes team and is still in the championship fight being only 23 points behind Hamilton going into this weekend.
Another man who could have a stellar performance this weekend is Fernando Alonso. The former 2 time world champion has been synonymous with getting more out of his lackluster McLaren-Honda than is thought possible and he seems to enjoy this track. Not only was it the site of his first win in formula one but he has a number of podiums and wins here and, in fact, hasn’t failed to score points in Hungary since 2006.
So buckle up, and let’s see who comes out on top and who can take the initiative and go into the summer break with momentum on their side