Formula 1 specialist Ben Issatt (@BenIssatt) previews the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s race.
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2019 Hungarian Grand Prix Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 04/08
- Time: 14:10pm BST
- Venue: Budapest, Hungary
- Channel: Sky Sports F1
The final stop before Formula 1’s summer break sees the grid head from Hockenheim to the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Last weekend’s race in Germany saw wet-weather chaos as Mercedes suffered their worst result of the season, allowing Max Verstappen to take his second win in three races.
Sebastian Vettel produced an excellent recovery from 20th to second and Daniil Kvyat gave Toro Rosso just their second F1 podium in third.
Fast forward six days and the momentum is still very much with Verstappen, who claimed his first career pole on Saturday in Budapest.
Valtteri Bottas, who crashed out in Germany, also proved a point by beating Lewis Hamilton into second, with the two Ferraris fourth and fifth as Charles Leclerc once again out-qualified Vettel.
This sets up a fascinating grid for Sunday at one of F1’s more understated races.
Hungary is one of the longest-running events on the calendar, taking place every since 1986, a record only five other Grand Prix’s can boast.
In that time, the Hungaroring earned the slogan of ‘Monaco without the barriers’ due to the slow corners and lack of long straights.
But as F1 cars have gotten faster, that perception has changed with the circuit now a real challenge of precision for the drivers through the sweeping turns.
What hasn’t changed however is overtaking remains particularly difficult and that can make finding good bets pretty tricky.
Key Stats & Facts
- Mercedes has only won twice in Hungary during the hybrid era.
- Hamilton holds the record for most wins with six.
- Verstappen became the 100th different driver to claim pole in F1.
- Max Verstappen – 13/14 (MarathonBet)
- Lewis Hamilton – 5/2 (UniBet)
- Valtteri Bottas – 6/1 (SportingBet)
- Charles Leclerc – 20/1 (Bet365)
- Sebastian Vettel – 20/1 (Ladbrokes)
Ahead of the race, the big unknown is the tyres after rain on Friday limited running and left teams largely in the dark on the levels of degradation.
Warmer temperatures are also expected to play a role but the top three teams all have the flexibility of starting on the medium compound meaning a one or two-stop race is likely.
The start will be crucial as drivers in the odd-number positions will likely benefit from better grip than those in the even number grid slots.
Mercedes can also take optimism from Verstappen’s poor starts in Austria and Germany and potentially attack into Turn 1.
As for Ferrari, while they are close, they’re not close enough to challenge for the win on pure pace and instead, will be hoping for action ahead for a chance to score a podium.
In the midfield, McLaren once again leads the way with Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz starting seventh and eighth.
For Norris, a good start could well give him the chance to threaten Pierre Gasly in the Red Bull and that will be a fun battle to watch in the race.
Given the tyre uncertainty, starting just outside the top 10 could be perfect for gaining places in the race.
The likes of Nico Hulkenberg and the Toro Rosso’s have more strategic flexibility than Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean ahead and that could make the difference in the final points-scoring places.