Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Hungarian Grand Prix 2021: What to expect as the latter half of the season begins?

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Formula 1 caravan moves to Hungary for the second half of the season. This will be the last race before the mandatory two-week break. The teams are ready and so are the drivers. The intensity of the title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will be at an all-time high after the infamous crash at Silverstone.

The controversial crash changed the whole situation. Max Verstappen, who had a 35 point lead now sits on his wobbly Thorne with just 8 points difference in his bag. The incident also heavily affected the Constructors championship as well. Red Bull’s mammoth of a lead got cut down to just 4.

Mercedes will be looking to take charge of the season after 6 races. Red Bull will be hoping to get their revenge for the British Grand Prix upset. Max Verstappen is out of the hospital and is perfectly fit. He was quite vocally upset with the events at Silverstone. As a result, he will be looking to get his revenge.

McLaren and Ferrari also looked good at Silverstone. Norris’ car had pace and for a good few laps, he was looking forward to a battle with Leclerc for P1. Daniel Ricciardo also had a good weekend as he finished 5th accumulating 10 points. He will be looking forward to carrying that momentum.

Hungarian Grand Prix

Why Hungarian Grand Prix matters?

The Hungarian Grand Prix will be taking place at Hungaroring in Budapest. Drivers will be going head to head for 70 laps at a 4.38 km long track having 14 turns. The weather forecast at Hungarian GP tells us that there will be a 60% chance of rain. As a result, strategies might see some last-minute changes leading which are prone to some errors.

The red-hot Championship battle will also begin to shape the future strategies of the teams. Bottas having accepted the no. 2 roles will be assisting Hamilton in his Title endeavours. Checo Perez who quite clearly was the Red Bull’s no. 2 will be looking forward to assisting Max to the victory.

The Hungarian GP will also shape the mid-table Battle as McLaren and Ferrari will be competing for the third spot. AlphaTauri, Aston Martin, and Alpine will also be battling for the 4th spot before going to the break.

The Results at Hungarian GP will also help teams decide the strategies for 2022 back at the factory. We have seen teams like Alpine and Ferrari already announce the focus shift to 2022. Points distribution here will also have a huge say in the R&D department back at the factory.

Expectations from the Hungarian GP

The Battle between the Titans, Lewis Hamilton, and Max Verstappen is too tough to call. The intensity is at an all-time high. We are expected to see some nail-biting fighting at the top. Bottas and Perez have also been driving well and could end up on the podium.

Norris and Leclerc, who were the hidden stars of the last race will be looking to pull off another upset for the leaders. They have good cars and have been driving decent the whole season. Ricciardo and Alonso will also be going for strong points finish as they recently found their mojo on the track.

Aston Martin will be hoping to improve their average performance this season and hoping for a much-needed double-points finish. AlphaTauri will also be relying on Gasly to lead from the front and get some strong championship points for the team.

Williams will be looking to get their first points as Russell has been looking good since the last few races. All the teams will be trying to improve their positions before the break. The Results however will be clear on Sunday as the weekend progresses.

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