Hungarian Grand Prix 2021
This weekend sees us head to Hungary for round 11 of the season. The trial sprint race at Silverstone last week did not disappoint ruffling a few feathers with starting poles for the main race on the Sunday and boy was it a race, however, normal format reverts this weekend.
Although starting on Pole position, Verstappen finally ended his winning streak after crashing out following his collision with Lewis Hamilton, which led to Hamilton incurring a 10 second penalty. However, this did not hold Hamilton back from doing what he does best at Silverstone by going on to win the race, reducing his deficit to Verstappen for the world championship from 33 to 8 points and leaving Mercedes only 4 points behind Red Bull in the constructors.
What will this weekend bring…………Can Hamilton pull it back again and take the lead on points or will Verstappen come back full throttle?
Hungaroring Circuit Stats
Circuit name: Hungaroring
First Grand Prix: 1986
Circuit length: 4.381km
Race distance: 306.63km
Number of laps: 70
Lap record: 1.16.627 Lewis Hamilton (2020)
Will Lewis Hamilton Incur a Further Penalty?
Following Lewis Hamilton’s collision with Verstappen last week and incurring a 10 second penalty for being ‘predominantly at fault’ for the collision, there continues to be a lot of controversy surrounding the issue of whether his penalty issued by the stewards was too lenient. This has since led to Red Bull requesting a review of footage and evidence of the incident to increase Hamilton’s sanction.
The review cannot be simply a re-examination of the evidence presented during the race last week. Red Bull must present a significant and relevant new element of argument for stewards to consider reopening the case into the incident which will be held through a video conference at 3pm on the 29th July.
Red Bull Team To Fight Back In Hungary?
Hamilton has form when it comes to the Hungaroring circuit after winning there 8 times and only needing one more win to pass Michael Schumacher’s record of most wins at one event and notch up his 100th victory in Formula one. However, following on from the drama of Silverstone, Red Bull are not willing to take this race sitting down lightly. The circuit is not a high-speed track as it has more twists and turns which go in Red Bull’s favour with their downforce coming in handy. Red Bull is in a better mechanical position, and it is very possible that Verstappen will take pole position again. It is relatively difficult to overtake in Hungary, so it would be an important first step towards victory.
Red Bull are also hoping that Verstappen’s power unit will all be set to go after being damaged in last week’s crash. It will be tested in Fridays practice to check if it is up to scratch for the main race.
Are Ferrari A Threat In Hungary?
With most of the focus on Mercedes and Red Bull, is it easy to disregard the likes of Ferrari and McLaren being up there at the top, but let’s not be too hasty just yet………….
Ferrari were a strong contender in Monaco and the Hungaroring circuit is very similar, sharing a number of characteristics, making it a strong venue for Leclerc and Sainz. On the right tyres they have a good chance of putting up a fight against Mercedes and Red Bull and let’s not forget it was not that long ago that LeClerc took back-to-back pole positions and even made the podium at Silverstone.
What Tyres Will Be Used For The Hungarian Grand Prix?
Drivers will be allocated two sets of C2 hards, three sets of C3 mediums and eight sets of C4 soft tyres in this weekend’s race at the Hungaroring circuit.
The design of the circuit with its tight corners in quick succession and no long straights to cool the tyres down mixed with the hot weather makes this circuit more demanding on the tyres so they will have to have some management I place, soft compound in particular.
The Weather Forecast For The Hungarian Grand Prix
Friday – Hot and sunny earlier in the day becoming unsettled in the afternoon with 20% chance of showers. 34C
Saturday – Rain during the first few hours of the morning then 60% chance of showers later. 30C
Sunday – Sunny start to the day becoming thundery with a 60% chance of rain in the afternoon. 30C
Hungarian Grand Prix Race Schedule
Friday 30th July
Practice one @ 10.30am BST
Practice two @ 14.00pm BST
Saturday 31st July
Practice Three @ 11.00am BST
Qualifying @ 14.00pm BST
Sunday 1st August
Main race @ 14.00pm BST
With the number of points changing between the teams and the gap closing in between Hamilton and Verstappen, we could see it all change again this weekend but who will you have your money on? Check out our latest odds below.