The Hungarian Grand Prix will be a test of driving skills and endurance of the Formula 1 racers as a crucial turning point of the season.
The past two Grand Prix showed what this Formula 1 season is all about. It showcased just how tight the midfield battle is. No team is giving way in the race despite a clear runaway Constructors’ champion in Mercedes. All the teams behind the Mercs just want to close the gap, and they can’t wait for the 2022 season to arrive.
As such, the Formula 1 teams are taking the season race by race. This weekend’s racetrack will not be easy and will push the drivers and the cars to the limit.
Hungarian Grand Prix 2019 repeat?
Max Verstappen looked like a solid winner in last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix. He led from the practices up to the pole position. For most of the race, Max was challenged by Hamilton for P1 making the Merc driver frustrated that he couldn’t keep up. That was until the team gambled and changed to medium compound tires to catch the Dutchman.
Hamilton initially questioned the strategy. Their gamble paid off as Hamilton was able to overtake Verstappen for P1 toward the end of the race.
Max will look to avenge his narrow defeat last year with a solid performance this weekend. However, the biggest factor will be the upgrades that the team will give his car. Last week, Verstappen looked like he had a handicap because of the gap that Lewis built throughout the race. Nonetheless, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff thinks that Red Bull still hasn’t fully shown what they’ve got this year.
Renault’s protest of Racing Point
The stewards have still yet to render a decision regarding the ‘pink Mercedes’ issue that Renault has protested. Racing Point has adamantly denied any allegation on such matters. They are confident that the protest will be set aside.
Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll looked strong in the past two races in Austria. Perez, for his part, almost clinched P5 despite starting from way behind the grid. The two Racing Point drivers will look to build upon their good start with the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.
Another Lando Norris surprise
Norris has been a big surprise so far this year. Their cars have proven to be strong and capable of taking on the big guns in front of the grid. The young driver’s signature this year has been ‘photo finish.’ In Austria, he drove the fastest lap in the race, pushing him up to take his maiden podium finish.
Last week, with only three laps left in the race, Norris pushed his car for a late surge up to P5, taking over Perez’s spot. This week, he will hope for a better start to avoid any more surprises late in the race.
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