Hungarian Grand Prix: Preview - Round 11
Preview of the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix
The 2021 Formula 1 season has delivered pure drama and some nail biting action in the opening 10 rounds of the campaign.
Last 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.
Verstappen's championship lead was subsequently cut down from 33 points to just eight points at Silverstone.
The 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.
Leclerc drove a commendable race at Silverstone out performing his Ferrari to claim P2 at the British Grand Prix.
The 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.
Red 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.
The Mexican did snatch the fastest lap away from Hamilton to minimise the damage for the Milton Keynes based squad.
Despite this crumb of comfort for Red Bull, the Austrian teams constructors championship lead is now just a mere four points.
The 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.
The 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.
The 1992 event even saw Nigel Mansell clinch his sole world title in his Williams FW14B.
2006 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.
Heading 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.
The 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.
Turn 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.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is also a critical event in the season being the final round before the summer break.
With all this in mind the Hungarian Grand Prix should be a great event.
Will Verstappen extend his championship lead or Hamilton capitalise on his home win?