After a fantastic qualifying session on Saturday, all eyes are now on Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix and the battle between Mercedes (3/10 Fav – Race Winner Team) and Red Bull, who have been at loggerheads all season.
The fallout from the British Grand Prix has continued into Hungary, but it appears to be Hamilton who is thriving in this pressure cooker after he clinched pole position for Sunday’s race.
Britain’s star is joined on the front row by team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who is 8/1 to win the GP at the Hungaroring, while the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are third and fourth respectively.
It has not been a great weekend so far for Red Bull but they will be hoping championship leader Verstappen, a 5/2 chance to claim the spoils on Sunday, can find his rhythm and extend his eight-point lead in the drivers’ standings.
The Dutchman, who is 15/8 to record the fastest lap, has never won in Hungary and he will have to overcome Hamilton, who has won the last three editions of this race to take his overall tally at the Hungaroring to eight.
Mercedes have been the dominant force at this venue, winning a record 11 times, while Red Bull (9/4 – Race Winner Team) have only come out on top twice with the last of those triumphs in 2014.
With the Formula 1 season entering its summer break after this race, it is crucial for both Mercedes and Red Bull to try and land a big blow to their rivals and give them something to think about over the next couple of weeks.
Action will return with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps from August 27-29.