Preview: Hungarian Grand Prix – track guide, prediction, race preview

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Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring, including predictions, a track guide and qualifying results.

Fresh off a win in world championship leader France Max Verstappen will look to extend their 63-point lead in Hungary this weekend.

Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc Currently sits in second place but after failing last weekend he will need a positive result on Sunday to get his title bid back on track.


Race preview

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After putting his Ferrari in pole position and holding off an early charge from Verstappen in the race, Leclerc would have been confident of picking up back-to-back wins.

However, an error on lap 18 caused Leclerc to lose control of his car, who crashed through the barrier and then ended his race.

Leclerc’s mistake benefited Verstappen, who went clear to claim his seventh win of the season.

With Verstappen now 63 points clear of his title rivals and 10 races remaining, the Dutchman remains on course to win back-to-back world titles.

As for Leclerc, he will try to bounce back this weekend, while his teammate Ferrari carlos sainz will look to build on an impressive performance in France, which saw the Spaniard drop from the back of the grid to fifth.

George Russell celebrates his third birthday on May 22, 2022© Reuters

Lewis Hamiltonmeanwhile, is enjoying a string of promising results after finishing on the podium in the last four races.

The seven-time world champion achieved his best result of the season last weekend – with a second place – and now has the chance to claim a podium spot for the sixth time this year on Sunday.

george russell also had a successful afternoon in France after overtaking Sergio Perez in the final stages to clinch his fourth podium of the season.

While the two mercedes the drivers celebrated a positive race, Perez had to reflect on the fourth position, which followed a DNF in Austria, and Red Bull will look for an improved performance from the Mexican this weekend.

Elsewhere on the grid, Sebastian Vettel will compete in his first Grand Prix weekend since announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season.


track guide

Lewis Hamilton pictured June 12, 2022© Reuters

After experiencing several long straights on the Circuit Paul Ricard last season, Formula 1 is heading to the narrow and winding track of the Hungaroring.

The circuit offers 14 corners that not only test the skill of the drivers, but also the agility of the cars.

A favorite of pilots to fly on qualifying day, the Hungaroring can sometimes prove difficult to overtake in the race.

If overtaking is to occur, then the two DRS zones – which are located on the pit straight and from turn one to turn two – will provide some of the best opportunities for a move to be made.

Esteban Ocon celebrates his victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 1, 2021© Reuters

Sunday’s race has a tough act to follow after Esteban Ocon picked up a spectacular victory at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

As well as Ocon, Fernando Alonso, Daniel RicardoHamilton and Vettel have all won the Hungarian Grand Prix over the years.

Hamilton is the most successful Formula 1 driver on the track, with eight victories in Hungary to his name, although a ninth win could prove tricky if Ferrari and Red Bull are fit.

Meanwhile, Championship protagonists Verstappen and Leclerc will be aiming to stand on the top step in Hungary for the first time in their careers.


Ranking of drivers

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 233
2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 170
3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 163
4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 144
5. George Russell (Mercedes) – 143
6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 127
seven. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 70
8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 56
9. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – 46
ten. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 37
11. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – 22
12. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 19
13. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) – 16
14. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 15
15. Mick Schumacher (Haas) – 12
16. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) – 11
17. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) – 5
18. Spear Stroll (Aston Martin) – 4
19. Alexander Albon (Williams) – 3
20. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – 0
21. Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin) – 0


Manufacturer Ranking

1. Red Bull – 396
2. Ferrari-314
3. Mercedes-270
4. McLaren-89
5. Alpine – 93
6. Alfa Romeo – 51
seven. Haas – 34
8. Alpha Tauri – 27
9. Aston Martin – 19
ten. Williams – 3


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They say: Charles Leclerc will win

Leclerc will be determined to right his mistake in France, and with the Hungaroring set to suit Ferrari’s car, we believe Leclerc will win on Sunday to close the gap to Verstappen in the world championship.

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