– Hamilton victory, Rosberg middle order
– Red Bull threat
– McLaren and Force India possible podiums
As the F1 paddock heads to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix, only one point separates Lewis Hamilton from Nico Rosberg on the Driver’s Championship table. It is said that the Hungaroring is very Monaco-esque in terms characteristics that both circuits offer. With that in mind, the German Mercedes driver looked out of his element in Monte Carlo earlier in the season, placing in seventh, while Hamilton proved that he is a very diverse racer as he stormed to victory on the street track.
However, despite the World Champion adding another P1 to his already established career, it was only at the expense of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo’s blotched pit-stop. The Aussie driver was running in first place when his team let him down and made a mistake during one of his pit-stops. Barring any mistakes, the RB12 could be a major threat for the Silver Arrows going into this weekend’s race.
Moving down the pecking order, less powerful teams like McLaren and Force India could surprise a few in Hungary this Sunday, especially Force India. Sergio Perez, who is only 26-years-old, drove like he was a seasoned veteran when he claimed third spot on the podium in Monaco. If McLaren are to gain their first podium since merging with Honda, the Hungary GP could be their best chance this weekend.