Sebastian Vettel will hope the Hungaroring provides its usual comfort to him as he looks to banish memories of his nightmarish conclusion to the German Grand Prix. Having been 13 laps from extending his lead in the Drivers’ Championship, the Ferrari man is now 17 points behind Lewis Hamilton as F1 gears up for the final race before the month-long summer break.
Vettel – To win the race @ 9/5
A win on home soil had been within touching distance for the German last Sunday but he at least won’t have time to dwell on that mistake as he prepares for the Hungary GP.
Budapest is a city the four-time world champion has grown to love in recent years, winning two of the last three races there, including a lights-to-flag victory last year when he held off team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
That win 12 months ago came when Ferrari found themselves under pressure following a two-month winless run. Fast-forward to 2018 and Vettel will again be under the cosh but at least he knows he’s likely to have the fastest car on the grid this weekend.
The Hungaroring is a series of long, sweeping corners with very few straights, making the race more a test of aerodynamics than speed. With Ferrari and Red Bull having the strongest aerodynamic packages, it could prove tough for Hamilton and Mercedes to get on the podium.
Max Verstappen – Podium finish @ 10/13
Verstappen, alongside Hamilton, looks to be the form driver in Formula 1 right now and was unlucky not to finish on the podium in Germany, a tyre mix-up proving costly. After a rocky start to the season, the Dutchman is back to his best and once again looks like a future world champion.
Red Bull will be confident of challenging for the chequered flag on Sunday and with four top-four finishes in his last five races, including a victory in Austria, Verstappen should be leading the charge for his team.
Despite having always had a strong aerodynamics package, Red Bull have only won one of the last seven races in Hungary so taking the safer top-three finish option on Verstappen appeals.
Nico Hulkenberg top-six finish @ 5/4
Renault continue to go from strength-to-strength and Hulkenberg is revelling in their recent resurgence, recording his best finish of the season in his home Grand Prix in Germany when coming home fifth.
With the French manufacturer likely to have the strongest car of the midfield ranks, another top-six finish for Hulkenberg is worth looking at, despite his poor personal record at the Hungaroring, scoring points in just one of the last six races at the track.
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