F1 heads to Hungary for round eleven of the championship, and the first of another double header with Germany to follow next weekend. Here’s five things we’re excited to see in Budapest…
The mother of all Hamilton v Rosberg battles…
This one has been brewing for a while now. A flying start to the season by Rosberg lead to some fans questioning whether Mercedes were trying to ‘even things up’ by allowing Rosberg a shot at the title. Crazy eh?
After four wins from the past five races, Hamilton has done his own bit to ‘even things up’ and sits just one point behind best mate Rosberg in the drivers’ standings. Now, that’s the sporting story, here’s the soap opera bit. Collisions between the pair in Spain and Austria have lead to team boss Toto Wolff issuing a final warning and threats of heavy fines or even suspensions.
Unthinkable surely? Well, neither Lewis or Nico can really afford to find out with the championship being as close as it is, so any wheel-to-wheel combat will need to be perfectly judged!
…but Red Bull will take the win!
Ok, that’s just my bold prediction, but the Hungaroring is similar to Monaco, a track where Red Bull came very close to winning at just a couple of months ago.
On paper, this circuit should suit Red Bull well, and Mercedes have already indicated that they regard them as a “major threat” this weekend. If Red Bull can qualify at or near the front, they’ll have a great chance to capitalise on one of Mercedes’ weak points – their starts.
If they can get ahead early on then they’ll be tricky to pass, and with both drivers in good form, Red Bull could spring a surprise or two this weekend.
Will Force India increase the pressure on Williams?
Force India are currently enjoying their best ever season in Formula One, and with two podiums in the bag already, they are now eyeing Williams’ fourth place spot in the constructors’ championship.
Post-Spain, Force India have scored more points than Williams and McLaren combined, including two impressive podiums from Sergio Perez – who is currently enjoying a resurgence and is in the form of his life.
With Williams expecting to struggle this weekend, Force India look set to move ahead of their more illustrious rivals, and I wouldn’t bet against them staying there until the season ends.
Can Daniil Kvyat turn his season around?
What can you say about Danill Kvyat? You may think it is ridiculous to have sympathy for a man who earns more than most of us, and who gets to travel the world driving racing cars for a living. Well, I do have sympathy for Daniil, because at the start of this season he had a Red Bull contract and a real shot at winning a race this year. Or so he thought.
Since his demotion, Sainz has outscored Kvyat by 22pts to two. Maybe he’s lost his confidence, maybe he’s overdriving the car, maybe he’s not gelling with this engineers. Whatever the reason, I hope young Danill Kvyat finds his form soon otherwise he could end up as yet another Red Bull reject.
And what better place to get that result than here? A track where he scored a fine second place, his best result to date, less than twelve months ago. Isn’t it amazing what difference a year can make?
Another record-breaking weekend for Formula One
We have a new surface, new kerbs, and we’re expecting a very hot weekend – perfect ingredients for a new lap record then!
Pirelli believe the new Hungaroring surface is ‘aggressive’ and they’re expecting big improvements in lap times as a result. Not only that, but the re-profiled kerbs could also play a part. Not that I watched it, but the World Touring Cars visited here a few months back and a full two seconds was shaved off their lap record from the previous year.
Watch this space!