2020 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

Following on from the double header in Austria Formula 1, as well as Formula 2 and Formula 3, head to Hungary for the next round of the 2020 season this weekend.

Formula 3

The three Prema Racing drivers head into the weekend occupying the top three positions in the Drivers’ championship with Oscar Piastri leading on 44 points ahead of Frederick Vesti who is on 37.5 points with the final Prema Racing driver being Logan Sargeant on 34 points. Both Piastri and Vesti won in the Austria double header with Piastri claiming the Austrian Grand Prix feature race while Vesti won the shortened Styrian Grand Prix feature race.

It therefore means that the first non-Prema driver is that of David Beckmann for Trident who is on 31.5 points having managed to claim a double podium finish during the Styrian Grand Prix weekend, finishing third in both races.

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The sprint race winners from Austria were Liam Lawson and Theo Pourchaire. Lawson is currently seventh in the championship on 25 points, supplementing his victory with two further points finishes during the two race weekends at the Red Bull Ring. Meanwhile Pourchaire is ninth in the championship after finishing ninth in the Styrian Grand Prix feature race before going on to win the Styrian Grand Prix sprint race.

The top ten score points in the feature race and in the sprint race for 2020 in Formula 3 and it therefore means that of the 30 drivers to have started the season, 16 of them have managed to score points, even if it is just half a point in the case of the final points scorer, Jake Hughes.

Formula 2

2019 Formula 3 champion Robert Shwartzman goes into the race weekend in Hungary leading the Formula 2 Drivers’ championship after finishing inside the top five in three of the four races in Austria, two of which were podium finishes, a third place and a victory.

He is five points ahead of fellow Formula 2 rookie Christian Lundgaard who finished inside the points in all four races at Austria, which included winning the second sprint race. Lundgaard is tied on points with Callum Ilott who won the Austrian Grand Prix feature race before going on to finish fifth in both the feature and sprint race during the Styrian Grand Prix weekend.

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The only other race winner from the two events in Austria is Brazilian Felipe Drugovich who won the first sprint race, and like Shwartzman and Lundgaard, is a rookie in Formula 2 having spent 2019 in Formula 3. Drugovich is eighth in the championship after failing to score any points during the Styrian Grand Prix weekend. His only other points finish at this early stage in the season was eighth place in the Austrian Grand Prix feature race.

Other drivers to star were Dan Ticktum who picked up two podium finishes, as did Marcus Armstrong, with fellow Formula 2 rookie Yuki Tsunoda also claiming a podium finish, and a feature race pole position.

Formula 1

This weekend’s Grand Prix in Hungary is the third event of the 2020 Formula 1 season with Valtteri Bottas leading the championship, six points ahead of teammate and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.

Somewhat surprisingly McLaren’s Lando Norris goes to Hungary third in the championship after securing his first podium finish, third, in the opening race of the season before another final lap charge during the Styrian Grand Prix saw him finish fifth.

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He is eight points ahead of fourth placed Charles Leclerc. Despite the Monegasque’s second place in the Austrian Grand Prix Ferrari struggled during both race weekends at the Red Bull Ring. The only other points finish the Italian team achieved was courtesy of Sebastian Vettel who finished tenth in the opening race of the season.

Sergio Perez is fifth going into the weekend, two points behind Leclerc and ten behind Norris after finishing sixth in both events held at the Red Bull Ring. The Mexican is only one point ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the Dutchman goes into the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend off the back of a difficult start to the season after suffering mechanical issues in the opening round of the season before finishing third in the Styrian Grand Prix.

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With two races completed already fifteen of the twenty drivers have managed to score points this season with only Kimi Raikkonen, the two Haas drivers and the two Williams drivers yet to score. Both Raikkonen and the Williams of Nicholas Latifi have come the closest as both drivers have finished eleventh, just outside the points across the double header in Austria.

It will be interesting to see how the two Williams of Nicholas Latifi and George Russell perform in Hungary. As mentioned earlier Latifi managed to finish eleventh and just outside the points in the Austrian Grand Prix, admittedly helped by the high attrition, while Russell showed decent pace in the wet qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix. Added to this is the stunning performance Russell put in during qualifying for the 2019 edition of the Hungarian Grand Prix where he nearly got the Williams out of the first part of qualifying.

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Like the Red Bull Ring which held the opening two rounds of the season, the Hungaroring has the potential to serve up a thoroughly entertaining race. With it still being very early in the championship it almost doesn’t matter how entertaining the race is as there is plenty at stake and very little to no room for errors or mistakes in this condensed 2020 season.

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