Lewis Hamilton is back on top of the world championship standings after a dominant win in Hungary and we’re sticking with him in our British Grand Prix predictions.
That was an eighth triumph in Budapest, matching Michael Schumacher’s record of wins at one venue, and now a seventh Silverstone success is on the cards.
Hamilton was so far ahead of the chasing pack in Hungary that he could afford to stop for new tyres late on in order to post the fastest lap and claim a bonus point.
“It was a flawless effort from our team and in all areas we delivered, so it was difficult for the others to compete,” beamed the Briton.
Hamilton’s 86th career triumph came a day after his landmark 90th career pole and any demons remaining from a laboured display in the season opener have now been exorcised.
He was a wide-margin scorer at the Styrian Grand Prix and cruised to victory in Budapest.
“In round one, I was hit by multiple different punches that I was not ready for,” added the 35-year-old.
“But I refocused and the last two races have been fantastic. I have been on point. I need to keep it up.”
Hamilton finished almost 25 seconds clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at Silverstone 12 months ago, making it five wins in the past six renewals of this contest – his other triumph coming back in 2008.
The lack of a 140,000-strong partisan crowd roaring him on is unfortunate, but Hamilton is still hard to oppose once more.
He stated: “Although I’ll miss the energy the fans bring, I hope I can perform for them there as I know they’ll be watching from home.”
How the Hungarian Grand Prix finished
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Verstappen (Red Bull), 3 Bottas (Mercedes), 4 Stroll (Racing Point), 5 Albon (Red Bull), 6 Vettel (Ferrari), 7 Perez (Racing Point), 8 Ricciardo (Renault), 9 Sainz (McLaren), 10 Magnussen (Haas), 11 Leclerc (Ferrari), 12 Kvyat (Alphatauri), 13 Norris (McLaren), 14 Ocon (Renault), 15 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 16 Grosjean (Haas), 17 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 18 Russell (Williams), 19 Latifi (Williams), DNF Gasly (Alphatauri)
Bottas could only manage third in Hungary after a slow start but still showed far superior pace to Red Bull runner-up Max Verstappen.
Having pipped Hamilton to pole at Silverstone last year, the flying Finn may feature in some British Grand Prix betting tips as a value option at 11/4.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff commented: “Valtteri had a difficult start and that dropped him into the midfield, but he fought back well to finish P3.
“We leave the Hungaroring with three wins out of three races and very happy.
“The car seems to be in a good place, but to maintain it, we know we need to keep working hard and adding performance.”
Verstappen can be backed at 6/1 after putting in a heroic effort to overcome a crash on the warm-up lap and starting down in seventh on the grid.
The Dutchman said: “To be second here between the two dominant Mercedes cars is an unbelievable result and we did not expect it after qualifying and such a difficult weekend.”
Bridging the gap will be hard, though, unless Red Bull can get to grips with a few technical issues.
Team principal Christian Horner commented: “The car is in better shape in race trim and strategically we are sharp, but we have updates that aren’t behaving as expected, compared with pre-season testing.
“So, we need to go through all the data we’ve collected and understand it before Silverstone.”
Past British Grand Prix winners:
2019 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Leclerc
2018 Vettel (Ferrari), Hamilton, Raikkonen
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Raikkonen
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen, Rosberg
2015 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg, Vettel
2014 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Ricciardo
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