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H​ungarian Grand Prix: Preview - Round 11

P​review of the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

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T​he 2021 Formula 1 season has delivered pure drama and some nail biting action in the opening 10 rounds of the campaign.

L​ast time out at the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton took victory after a dramatic collision with title rival Max Verstappen on Lap 1. Hamilton recovered from a 10 second penalty to win his eighth British Grand Prix after relentlessly hunting down Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

V​erstappen's championship lead was subsequently cut down from 33 points to just eight points at Silverstone.

T​he crash between the two championship protagonists sent shockwaves throughout the F1 world and could turn out to be one of the defining moment of this season's world championship.

L​eclerc drove a commendable race at Silverstone out performing his Ferrari to claim P2 at the British Grand Prix.

T​he Monagesque has driven superbly this season getting the better of his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. Leclerc has even scored two pole positions in 2021 as Ferrari continue their resurgence up the grid.

R​ed Bull suffered a nightmare of a weekend at Silverstone with Verstappen's def and Sergio Perez's sub par performance ending up with zero points.

T​he Mexican did snatch the fastest lap away from Hamilton to minimise the damage for the Milton Keynes based squad.

D​espite this crumb of comfort for Red Bull, the Austrian teams constructors championship lead is now just a mere four points.

T​he British Grand Prix also saw F1s new Sprint qualifying format trialled. The 2022 car also saw the light of day for the first time in a very dynamic launch.

T​he Hunagroring hosts Round 11 of the season and has produced some excellent racing over the years.

7 times world champion Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix a record eight times and has taken victory in the last three.

T​he 1992 event even saw Nigel Mansell clinch his sole world title in his Williams FW14B.

2​006 represents one of the most memeorable Hungarian Grand Prix as Jenson Button kept out of trouble and took his maiden win during a pulsating, wet dry race.

The 2.4 mile track hosted it's first Grand Prix in 1986 thus becoming the first Formula 1 event to be held behind the Iron curtain.

H​eading into this weekend, Verstappen will look to bounce back from his Silverstone disappointment at a circuit he driven well at in the past. The Red Bull driver took his inaugural pole position at the Hungarian circuit in 2019 and recovered from a pre race shunt to second place in 2020.

T​he track is incredibly twisty with 14 turns. The best overtaking opportunity should come a turn 1 with DRS on the main straight giving drivers a helping hand to make a pass.

T​urn 2 is also a good turn to make a pass as the long radius turn sweeps downhill. A number of lines could be employed throughout the weekend with a wide line and tighter line both yielding good lap time.

T​he Hungarian Grand Prix is also a critical event in the season being the final round before the summer break.

W​ith all this in mind the Hungarian Grand Prix should be a great event.

W​ill Verstappen extend his championship lead or Hamilton capitalise on his home win?

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Comments (2)

  • Watch out for Ferrari. Just watch.

      1 month ago
    • They did really well in Monaco so they might just do it again. And they have great driver pairing

        1 month ago
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