With the summer holidays drawing ever closer, Formula One makes its final stop in Budapest for 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix.
This will be the last race before F1 enters its annual three week shutdown period, so should be a corker as teams jostle for momentum to take on holiday with them.
Race Distance: 4.381km
Tyre Compounds: Medium, Soft, Ultra Soft
Dangerous Red Bull
Red Bull will fancy their chances this weekend around the tight and twisty Hungaroring, particularly after a strong showing in Friday practice for German Grand Prix last time out.
With similar characteristics to Monaco, this circuit should really suit them compared to Ferrari and Mercedes, who will need to maximise their straight-line speed if are to mount any challenge.
Despite contrasting fortunes at Hockenheim, both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were quickly ‘looking forward’, with Ricciardo particularly wanting a win ‘before all head off for the summer break’.
McLaren aim to bounce back
In each of past few seasons, Hungary has been McLaren’s bright point so expect them to bring their A game here as they seek a bounce back after recent struggles.
Whilst Fernando Alonso has had his woes of late, it has been Stoffel Vandoorne who struggled the most and the Belgian feels that this weekend will be ‘a big challenge’ for him although they hope to soon be ‘attacking the weekends again.’
Luckily, Hungary has been their happiest point of past three seasons under Honda so will be hoping for more of same despite switching to Renault power.
Midfield battle hots up
Despite contrasting fortunes around here, Renault, Force India and Haas all need a result here as their midfield battle hots up heading into the summer break.
Force India currently have the momentum after taking double-points finishes at last three races, leaving team principal – Vijay Mallya believing that they can ‘carry this momentum into the holidays.’ but aware that ‘each race weekend can swing the balance’ towards either them, Renault or Haas.
Haas meanwhile appear to have pretty much entered summer shutdown mode already but are using Monaco as the bar for this weekend, given their similarities.
Discussing expectations for Hungary, team boss – Guenther Steiner appears to be using Monaco as the bar, saying; “… nothing will hopefully be as bad as Monte Carlo.” which saw both cars struggle badly.
Renault meanwhile will be relieved to just get some points around here for first time since Vitaly Petrov finished fifth in 2010.
Either way, its game on for all three teams in the race for fourth.
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