2021 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

As Formula One heads to Hungary ahead of the summer break, here is a preview for 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Following a dramatic British Grand Prix, Max Verstappen’s championship lead over Lewis Hamilton is now down to just eight points with one race left before the summer break.

Hamilton though is looking to make history this weekend as he looks to claim a record ninth victory at a single Grand Prix, yet Verstappen will be keen to extract revenge following a controversial collision at Silverstone thus setting up an intriguing race.

Elsewhere, Mercedes and Red Bull look to continue their scrap for the constructor title, with McLaren and Ferrari still scrapping for third, whilst AlphaTauri, Aston Martin and Alpine carry on their three-way scrap for fifth.

Now here is everything that you need to know ahead of 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

 

Track Guide

Hungary

 

Circuit: Hungaroring

Laps: 70

Race Distance: 306.630km

Tyre Compounds: C2, C3 & C4

 

Schedule

Date Session Time (BST)
Friday 30 July 2021 FP1 10:30am
Friday 30 July 2021 FP2 2:00pm
Saturday 31 July 2021 FP3 11:00am
Saturday 31 July 2021 Qualifying 2:00pm
Sunday 1 August 2021 Race 2:00pm

 

Five Key Pointers

  • Like Monaco and Baku, Hungaroring is a high downforce dominant track which should suit Red Bull given there performances at the former two circuits earlier this season.
  • Having performed well at high downforce characterised tracks this season, Ferrari will be looking to challenge Red Bull and Mercedes this weekend on single lap pace.
  • Traction out of Turn 14 will be crucial in the race to defending off drivers close behind on the long run to Turn One.
  • Hot temperatures are forecast for Practice and Qualifying before dipping slightly on race day, which could make the difference in tyre strategies if drivers can manage tyre degradation.
  • Having found breakthroughs in his single lap Qualifying pace, George Russell will now be looking to improve his race pace.

 

Last Time Out

Hamilton emerged victorious after delivering a dominant performance at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, despite the race beginning in damp conditions after a rain shower with Verstappen recovering from a crash on the way to the grid to finish second ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

Lance Stroll finished a surprise fourth for Racing Point after initially running second as Alex Albon rounded out the top five, with everyone from sixth-place downwards all lapped at least once.

 

Race Recaps

If missed any of the ten previous rounds of the 2021 season, please click on the links below to catch up on the missed action.

 

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