2021 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

Formula 1 returns to action this weekend as it heads to Hungary for the last Grand Prix before its summer break. The series is set to be joined by the W Series and Formula 3.

Hungary is the W Series fourth race of its 2021 season with Alice Powell leading the drivers’ championship from Jamie Chadwick and Sarah Moore.

Powell has a six point advantage over Chadwick after the former claimed pole position, fastest lap and the race victory in the previous round at Silverstone. Chadwick by contrast finished third. Moore was classified seventh last time out and is 12 points behind Chadwick heading into the weekend.

Powell and Chadwick were joined on the podium at Silverstone by Fabienne Wohlwend who is fourth in the driver standings, two points behind Moore and seven ahead of fifth placed Emma Kimilainen who was classified fourth at Silverstone.

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Alongside W Series and Formula 1 in Hungary will be Formula 3, the series having last been in action at the Red Bull Ring in early July.

Dennis Hauger heads the championship standings and has a 41 point advantage over second placed Frederik Vesti. Two points behind Vesti and third in the championship is Jack Doohan, who himself has a two point advantage over fourth placed Olli Caldwell.

All four drivers finished on the podium at least once across the three races held at the Red Bull Ring. The most successful of the four being Hauger who claimed the race victory in the first race, third place in the second and second in the third race during the weekend.

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By comparison Vesti finished second in race two and won race three while Doohan was on the podium in race one. Caldwell claimed a brace of podiums with second in race one and third in race three.

The second race at the Red Bull Ring was won by David Schumacher who goes to Hungary joint fourteenth in the championship with Calan Williams. The two are seven points behind Arthur Leclerc and Logan Sargeant who are joint twelfth. Directly behind Schumacher and Williams in the driver standings is Enzo Fittipaldi in sixteenth with the Brazilian four points behind the duo.

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Max Verstappen heads to Hungary with an eight point lead over nearest rival Lewis Hamilton. This after the two collided on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, in which Hamilton went on to win while Verstappen scored no points and required being admitted to the designated local hospital after registering an impact of 51G in the collision at Copse corner.

Lando Norris completes the top three in the drivers’ championship and is 64 points behind Hamilton. Norris has a five point advantage over fourth placed Valtteri Bottas while Sergio Perez is fifth and nine points behind Norris.

There is then a 24 point gap between Perez and sixth placed Charles Leclerc. The latter claimed his first podium finish of 2021 after benefitting from the Verstappen/Hamilton collision to lead the majority of the British Grand Prix before having to settle for second place. The Monegasque’s closest rival is his teammate, Carlos Sainz, 12 points separating the two. Sainz has an 18 point gap to eighth placed Daniel Ricciardo heading into this weekend’s Grand Prix.

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With Red Bull failing to score any points in the main Grand Prix at Silverstone, and Mercedes claiming a 1-3 finish, the gap between the two is four points with Red Bull leading Mercedes.

There is then a 122 point gap between Mercedes and third placed McLaren who go to Hungary having claimed a 4-5 finish in the previous Grand Prix. The Woking based team have a 15 point gap over Scuderia Ferrari whose drivers finish second and sixth at Silverstone.

AlphaTauri are fifth in the championship and are 99 points behind Ferrari. The Faenza based team have only a one point advantage separating them and sixth placed Aston Martin, with Alpine also in the mix as the French team are nine points behind AlphaTauri.

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Alpine have a 38 point advantage over eighth placed Alfa Romeo with Williams and Haas completing the constructors’ standings.

It is worth quickly mentioning that Formula 1 will revert to its more traditional weekend format after the first trial of its sprint qualifying at Silverstone. The next appearance of the sprint qualifying format is set to take place at Monza during the Italian Grand Prix weekend in early September.

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