Hungarian Grand Prix Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Hungarian Grand Prix | Sunday 26 July, 2015 | Hungaroring | 13.00 BST
Following on from the high-speed British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Formula 1 takes a change of pace this weekend at the Hungaroring in Budapest.
Similarly to Monaco, although without the tight walls, the track in Budapest doesn’t leave a lot of space for engine power to come into play which means the field looks set to be far more closely bunched than in several recent races.
Daniel Ricciardo took his second win in Hungary last year after successfully capitalising on the timing of a safety car. The season before saw Lewis Hamilton win twice in succession, totting up his total number of victories at the Hungaroring to four after wins in both 2007 and 2009.
In addition to Hamilton and Ricciardo, Jenson Button is only other current driver to have won on multiple occasions in Hungary.
For the slower-moving Hungaroring circuit, Pirelli will be bringing the white-banded medium tyres and the yellow-marked soft tyres.
“It’s a real challenge for the driver, car and tyres as they are always working hard,” said Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery. “Apart from the pit straight, there is no real point on the circuit where there is any respite.
“One of the biggest challenges is the weather: it can be extremely hot in Budapest in July and obviously this has a significant effect on thermal degradation. In order to find the right balance between performance and durability, we’ve selected the medium and soft tyres, which is the same nomination as last year.
“This selection is soft enough to provide the mechanical grip needed to negotiate all the corners, yet hard enough to withstand the punishing weather conditions and track layout of the Hungaroring.
“This is not always the easiest circuit to overtake on so tyre strategy can make a real difference.”
Mercedes will of course be the team to beat but the running order behind that could be somewhat shaken up to what we have come to expect.
Williams may have been the best of the rest at Silverstone, but with a slower circuit and short straights the car may not perform to its best.
Red Bull could well put some pressure on Ferrari and challenge for the podium positions as the RB11 is better optimised for a circuit where downforce is key.
Another bonus for Red Bull is that their lack of horsepower won’t hold them back so much in this race with just one real straight on the whole circuit.
Hungarian Grand Prix Betting Tips