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Hungarian Grand Prix: Preview

Formula one is back in action this weekend with acing at the Hungaroring. Red Bull are looking to take back control after a disappointing British Grand Prix last time out.

At Silverstone, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton had made contact on lap one, resulting in the former crashing out. 

What followed was a finger-pointing session instigated by Red Bull team leader Christian Horner, and then Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff retaliating with an email to the race director. 

The two team principals even went to see the stewards, which FIA director has said will not be tolerated in future races. 

Hamilton got hit with a 10-second penalty, which didn’t prevent him from passing Charles Leclerc on the penultimate lap to take the win, and cut the lead at the top of the championship to just eight points. 

What to expect at the circuit?

Hungaroring is often compared to a karting circuit because of the lack of straights it contains. In fact, the resemblance is uncanny when you look at the layout. 

The lack of straights makes the set-up of the cars very important, with teams opting for Monaco levels of downforce. This allows for more successful cornering, and ultimately a more fruitful race weekend. 

Be aware of the Prancing Horse

Ferrari will be a huge threat as long as they can keep themselves out of trouble. 

When asked if Ferrari are going for the win in Budapest, team principal Mattia Binotto’s response was, “Not the win, the one-two!”

Albeit a response that was partially meant as a joke, he wouldn’t be surprised if they did manage to get both drivers on the podium. 

The Hungaroring shares many of the same characteristics as the Monaco track, where the Ferrari cars were magnificent – Carlos Sainz finished 2nd, and Charles Leclerc crashed out at the start after qualifying in pole. 

Mclaren will be keeping a close eye on their main rival, and hoping that both Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo can compete. 

Max vs Lewis

The fallout between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was inevitable after what happened. Many pundits, drivers and fans are split regarding who caused the accident, or whether anyone was to blame at all. 

Hamilton feels he did nothing wrong, Verstappen felt the move was unnecessarily dangerous, and the celebrations were “disrespectful”. 

More importantly, neither one of them will back down from their stance which will make for an interesting Hungarian Grand Prix.

Ultimately, no F1 battle has ever been without its fallouts, crashes, or finger-pointing, and finally Max and Lewis are at that stage. All will be new for Max, whereas Lewis as been there, done it, and come out with many championships. 

Buckle up…as things are about to get real interesting!

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