Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

Formula 1 heads to Hungary this weekend for the final race before it goes on summer break.

Lewis Hamilton’s title charge

Over the last three races, Hamilton’s title charge has stuttered slightly, that when you consider he had won the four races previous.

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Despite his ‘dip’ in form, he has still managed to outscore his nearest title rival of Valtteri Bottas in two of the three races. This includes last weekend’s German Grand Prix where thanks to penalties for the two Alfa Romeo drivers, Hamilton was classified ninth while Bottas retired from the race.

Max Verstappen

Outside of the two Mercedes, Max Verstappen is the only driver to have won Grand Prix during the 2019 season.

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His two victories have come in the last three races and Verstappen hasn’t finished outside the top five in the eleven races that have currently been contested.

I get a feeling that Verstappen and Red Bull could potentially be able to challenge for victory in Hungary as well.

The Ferraris

Behind Verstappen are the two Ferrari drivers of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

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Both will be hoping for a more trouble free weekend in Hungary than they did in Germany. To a greater extent the team as a whole will be hoping to carry over their strong pace in Germany over to Hungary and potentially win their first race of 2019 before the sport goes on break.

The Midfield

With the two Mercedes and the Ferraris hitting trouble during the German Grand Prix, it was a great opportunity for the midfield teams to grab a big result.

With it being such a close battle in the midfield, every team will be hoping for a strong, point scoring, weekend in Hungary before the break as well.

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This is especially true of both Renault and Alfa Romeo drivers. In the case of the Renault drivers, both failed to finish in Germany, conceding ground to McLaren in the constructors standings and subsequently falling behind Toro Rosso as well.

As for Alfa Romeo and their drivers, it was a positive weekend in Germany with both crossing the line in the points. However a post race penalty meant that they were both classified outside the points. As Alfa Romeo have now fallen down to ninth in the constructors standings, they will be hoping for a strong double points finish to bounce back from their German Grand Prix disappointment.

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