Formula 1: Ferrari under pressure in Budapest

Formula 1: Ferrari under pressure in Budapest

From: 28/07/2022 6:54 pm

Sebastian Vettel begins his farewell tour, Ferrari is under pressure and Mercedes wants its first victory before the summer break – the truth about the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel begins his farewell tour, Ferrari is under pressure and Mercedes wants its first victory before the summer break – the truth about the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen has accelerated Leclerc

Before the 13th out of 22 races of the season, Dutchman Max Verstappen in Red Bull leads the overall standings with 233 points. The second is the driver of Ferrari Chales Leclerc with 170 points, the third is Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez (163 ).) The last Formula 1 race before the summer break takes place in Hungary. Verstappen (seven wins of the season so far) and Leclerc (three) are favourites.

Multiple streams on “kart track”

Due to the lack of long straights, the Hungaroring, about 20 kilometers north-east of the Hungarian capital Budapest, is often compared to a kart track. More angles in a row mean the cars need more down force. In “Monaco without walls”, high speed does not play a role, even if the only good chance to win is at the end of the start and finish straight. In any case, the song is built perfectly for the audience on the site. The circuit is in a natural pit, and motorsport fans can see almost the entire circuit from the upper levels at the start. Lewis Hamilton is the record winner with eight wins. Michael Schumacher won four times, Sebastian Vettel twice.

Vettel begins a farewell tour

The emphasis in Hungary was not the sport before, but Sebastian Vettel’s farewell. The four-time world champion announced the end of his career at the end of the season, will not extend his expiring contract with Aston Martin and would like to focus more on his family in the future. Sunday’s race (July 31, 2022) will be the start of his farewell tour through the Premier class, with Hungary there are ten races to come.

Schumacher continued with the piñata

Of course, everyone at Vettel will be watching very closely. Heppenheimer himself is confident in the race. “I think the arrangement is compatible with the strength of our car, I hope for a positive result,” he said. It is difficult to predict Mick Schumacher. After two strong weekends in Silverstone and Spielberg, which brought World Championship points each, there was little failure in France.

Ferrari under pressure and pugnacious

Ferrari recently suffered a turbulent weekend in France. Leclerc took the pole position, fended off Verstappen’s attack in the race – and then made a mistake that put his Ferrari in the track barrier. That is why he is almost doomed to win in Hungary with a deficit of 63 points. The “Reds” have been waiting for the title since 2007, but Mattia Binotto, the boss of the Scuderia team, has not yet written it off. “There’s no reason why we can’t win ten races between now and the end,” he claimed, insisting: “We don’t just want to win in Hungary, we want one-two!”

Budapest specialist Hamilton hopes

World record champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are also aiming for a first win. In France, the “Silver Arrows” scored a double podium with a second place for Hamilton and a third place for fellow Briton George Russell – and now they want to continue that in Hungary.

“Hopefully our car will be good and we can be close to the others,” said Hamilton. “I like the track, I hope the car feels good there.” Hamilton has now finished on the podium four times in a row, but is sixth in the drivers’ standings, 106 points behind Verstappen. Russell is fifth – 90 points behind the leader.