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Only a week after the thrills of the German Grand Prix; which kept all on their seats until the final lap, Formula One heads over to Budapest for the final race before the mid-season break. Join The Roar for a live blog of the Hungarian Grand Prix, starting from 11:10pm AEST.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is another race which typically provides plenty of action over the years, with its high-downforce twisty layout essentially like a big go-kart track.
Rain in the past has thrown up some memorable races, such as in 2006 and 2014 which was won by Daniel Ricciardo and there is said to be rain predicted for this weekend.
The Hungaroring is 4.3km in length and the race consists of 70 unforgiving laps, where tyre degradation is also a key component. If the grand prix were to remain dry in this instance, a minimum of two-stops will be expected.
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton arrive as the favourites, despite their horror weekend at Hockenheim. The Hungaroring has been their domain, with the partnership having yielded four wins – whilst the Briton has a record six victories.
Ferrari may not be the immediate challengers to the Silver Arrows this weekend, though Sebastian Vettel has won two of the last four Hungarian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc has also boasted good form, despite his crash last time in Germany.
It’s Red Bull and Max Verstappen who pose the greatest threat, with the high-downforce layout of the track to favour their car.
And it was the Dutchman who at last broke through for his pole position in Formula One, becoming the 100th different pole sitter in the sport, qualifying ahead of the Mercedes duo led by Bottas.
It was also the first pole for a Honda-powered car since 2006, which was also the last time they won a grand prix before Verstappen’s Austria victory.
Starting fourth and fifth will be the Ferrari combination led by Leclerc, who out-qualified Vettel despite having crashed at the final corner in Q1 and having his rear-wing replaced.
Both McLarens made it into Q3 once again with Lando Norris set to start as the best of the midfield, ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz and the Haas car of Romain Grosjean – which is still using the Australia-spec car.
Can Verstappen make it back-to-back wins for the first time in his young career? Or will it be the Silver Arrows who bounce back on race day.
With this being the last race before the break, please join me on The Roar from 11:10pm AEST for live blog coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix.