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There’s one last roar before a well-earned break through the month of August, as Formula One gets set for the next chapter of the Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton rivalry at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Tune in for live blog coverage on The Roar from 10:50pm (AEST).
With the wounds from Silverstone and the incident at Copse between the championship protagonists still fresh, Red Bull and Mercedes will have to leave politics aside and lock horns on the track in the 70-lap race.
The 4.3km Hungaroring is a challenging circuit, boasting many low-speed corners identical to a street circuit and also not presenting overtaking opportunities – apart from the run into Turn 1.
Temperatures have been scorching all weekend and race day will be no different, with Red Bull still looking ahead of the Silver Arrows on race pace. Though it was Mercedes who comfortably locked out the front row during qualifying.
Hamilton was three-tenths quicker than teammate Valtteri Bottas, both Red Bulls were only good enough for filling out the second-row. As well as that, both Verstappen and Sergio Perez will start on the soft tyre – while the Mercedes have the medium compound.
What Red Bull will be hoping for is to utilise the grip advantage of the soft tyres at the start to leap ahead of the cars on the front row. But given the scorching conditions, they won’t last as long in terms of durability as the medium.
Behind the leaders, Pierre Gasly led the best of the rest in qualifying ahead of Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc, whose respective teams in McLaren and Ferrari have been locked in a battle for third in the constructor’s championship.
They’ll hope for an outside opportunity for a podium if anything were to happen to the top four drivers, given Hungary’s nature to produce something out on the ordinary on race day.
Daniel Ricciardo will once again have to work his way up the field if he is to score points for McLaren as he failed to qualify inside the top ten. Despite such a small margin at the end of Q2, it still wasn’t enough for the Aussie – though an open choice of starting tyre could help him around soft-tyre runners ahead.
A record ninth victory in Hungary and a century of career wins awaits seven-time world champion Hamilton, while Verstappen will seek to heal the wounds of Silverstone and redeem his lost win from 2019 here.
Tune in for live blog coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix on The Roar from 10:50pm (AEST) as the two title heavyweights get to duke it out once again on the track.
Lights out: 11pm (AEST)
Venue: Hungaroring, Budapest
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull), 5. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), 6. Lando Norris (McLaren), 7. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine), 9. Fernando Alonso (Alpine), 10. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), 11. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), 12. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), 13. Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo), 14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 15. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), 16. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), 17. George Russell (Williams), 18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams), 19. Nikita Mazepin (Haas), 20 Mick Schumacher (Haas)