London, July 15
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will likely be doing all he can to cease six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton finishing a Mercedes hat-trick and matching one other of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One data in Hungary this weekend.
Verstappen has lined up on the entrance row for the primary two races of the season in Austria, gained by Mercedes’ championship chief Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton respectively, and the rivalry is hotting up.
The Hungaroring exterior Budapest might be third time fortunate for the Dutchman who took pole final yr and led earlier than being hunted down on worn tyres and handed by Hamilton 4 laps from the tip.
The sluggish and twisty circuit will swimsuit his automobile, however how way more aggressive it will likely be stays a giant query.
“I don’t know. That’s the simple answer: I don’t know. But I hope it’s going to be a bit better,” mentioned Verstappen.
Hungary can be a favorite for Hamilton, who has gained there seven occasions and might equal Schumacher’s feat of successful the identical grand prix eight occasions.
The Ferrari nice, whose 91 wins are wanting more and more susceptible after Hamilton celebrated his 85th final Sunday, did that within the French Grand Prix at Magny Cours between 1994 and 2006.
“Every time I’m reminded of the records that Michael had, it’s just still mind-blowing to me,” Hamilton informed reporters after successful the Styrian Grand Prix. “I’ve at all times beloved it, Hungary.”
“Budapest and Montreal you’d probably say have been my strongest (circuits), particularly at the beginning of my career. So I’m excited to go back,” added the Briton, who’s six factors behind Bottas within the standings.
“It is a circuit that the Red Bulls usually do really well, I think they led the race there last year. It’s not going to be easy.”
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has gained twice on the Hungaroring however the Italian crew head east from Austria licking self-inflicted wounds after Sunday’s race lasted 20 seconds earlier than their drivers collided.
Sunday presents four-time world champion Vettel and Charles Leclerc an opportunity to assemble composure, even when extra ache awaits with a automobile down on efficiency.
“I am generally optimistic and at least I don’t have to wait long to be back in the car, so let’s hope that Hungary will be a better place for us,” commented Vettel.
The race, once more with out spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will likely be a tricky one for all concerned since strict guidelines in Hungary imply groups – already in a bubble – can’t depart their inns apart from to go to the circuit or airport.
“Our focus will be on what’s happening on track and not about the inconvenience of being confined to a hotel room,” mentioned Red Bull crew boss Christian Horner.
“We know we have a gap to close to fight for this championship and that is what we will do.” Reuters