The Hungaroring is a tight winding circuit 4.381 kilometers in length. The track features a long pit straight and two DRS (Drag Reduction System) zones to promote overtaking. There are few places at the Hungarian Grand Prix to pass and most overtaking occurs because of pit stops.
The Hungarian GP is run over a total of 70 laps covering a distance of 306.63 kilometers. Many teams use two pit stops but the new 2018 specification tyres may change it to a single pit stop race.
Michael Schumacher holds the lap record at the F1 Hungaroring with a time of 1:19.071 that he set at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2004 while driving for Ferrari. The new rules and specifications for the 2018 Formula 1 cars have resulted in much faster lap times and many lap records have been broken this year.
Lewis Hamilton has won the Budapest Grand Prix five times in his career. Hamilton won the 2016 Hungarian GP by beating his teammate Nico Rosberg by 1.997 seconds.
Hamilton has dominated the Hungarian Grand Prix in the past but he faces a tough task to win at the Budapest race again this year. The Mercedes W08 has proven at times to be inferior to the Ferrari SF70H, especially on the slower and more technical circuits.
Mercedes engineers were forced to make improvements after the Monaco Grand Prix. The changes worked and Hamilton cruised to an easy victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Bottas is driving in his first season for Mercedes replacing reigning World Champion Nico Rosberg who retired after last season.
Mercedes is one of Formula 1 top teams and they expect to win the Hungarian Grand Prix. Bottas won his first Formula 1 race at the Russian Grand Prix earlier this year.
Grid position is important at the Hungaroring GB and Bottas will have to have an excellent Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying for a chance to win the race.
After a poor 2016 season, Sebastian Vettel is back and he means business. Ferrari has designed a race winner in the form of SF70H and the four-time World Champion is a favorite to win the Hungarian GP.
Unlike his rival Lewis Hamilton, Vettel has only won the Hungarian Grand Prix once in his career. This victory came in 2015 when the German benefited from a combination of a safety car period at the Hungaroring and mistakes made by Mercedes to claim the win.
Vettel and Hamilton have proven that they are the two fastest men in Formula 1 this season and they will likely continue their championship battle at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The popular Australian is a long shot to win the Budapest racing this year. The RB13 is a good car but the Renault engine lacks horsepower to make it truly competitive.
Red Bull has been the ‘best of the rest’ and has lots of work to do to catch up to the front-runners for the Budapest Grand Prix. Despite not having a competitive car at his disposal, the hard-working Ricciardo still managed to string together a series of consecutive podium finishes earlier this season.
A win at the Hungarian Grand Prix for Ricciardo seems unlikely but if he can get in front of the Ferrari and Mercedes cars and stay there, anything is possible.
The Hungaroring is a dusty track and cars on the inside of the track often make poor starts due to the lack of grip. There are not many places to pass at Hungarian Grand Prix and the lack of overtaking makes it one of the least interesting races of the year. The key to winning the Hungarian Grand Prix is having a good start and not losing any time during pit stops.
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