Just one point separates the top two drivers in the world championship after Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel endured contrasting fortunes at the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton dominated from start to finish at Silverstone to secure a record-equalling fifth victory, and his fourth in succession in front of his home supporters. The Briton’s triumphant weekend was made all the more sweeter when Vettel, on course to finish third, suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap.
Vettel’s tyre failure saw him drop to seventh, and allowed Hamilton to take 19 points out of his championship lead as he bids to become the first Briton to win four titles. The Ferrari driver will be under pressure to get his season back on track in Hungary, having finished on the podium in just one of the last four races.
Hamilton is the most successful driver in the history of the Hungarian Grand Prix though with five wins. Michael Schumacher (4) and Ayrton Senna (3) are the only other drivers to have won this race more than twice.
In contrast, Vettel failed to win the Hungarian Grand Prix during his four successive title-winning seasons and his victory in 2015 was his sole success here.
Recent form and previous results all suggest Hamilton is the obvious choice for victory at 9/10 in our Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips.
How the British Grand Prix finished
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 4 Verstappen (Red Bull), 5 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 6 Hulkenberg (Renault), 7 Vettel (Ferrari), 8 Ocon (Force India), 9 Perez (Force India), 10 Massa (Williams), 11 Vandoorne (McLaren), 12 Magnussen (Haas), 13 Grosjean (Haas), 14 Ericsson (Sauber), 15 Kvyat (Toro Rosso), 16 Stroll (Williams), 17 Wehrlein (Sauber), DNF Alonso (McLaren), Sainz (Toro Rosso), Palmer (Renault).
Hamilton has been cut to 57/100 to win the title after his home race went even better than even he could have imagined.
“I did not expect to come away from this weekend just one point behind Sebastian,” Hamilton said. “This result really opens up the championship. Obviously the pendulum swung a little bit this weekend and I think that’s only good for Formula One, only good for the fans, and super-exciting for them to see the close battle that we’re continuing to have.
“Without a doubt we hope it stays the way that it’s swung this time but, as you know, a pendulum swings, and we’re just hoping that we can be on our toes to react to whatever is thrown at us in the next races.”
As well as Vettel, the British Grand Prix was also a disappointment for Daniel Ricciardo, as his run of five consecutive podium finishes came to an end. He has a fine record in Hungary though, having won this race in 2014 and finishing third in the two subsequent years.
The second of our Hungarian Grand Prix predictions is Ricciardo for a top-three finish at 2/1.
Finally, Valtteri Bottas ensured he remained in the title battle by storming from ninth – after serving a gearbox penalty – to finish second at Silverstone. The Finn has won twice this season, out-qualified Mercedes team-mate Hamilton on a number of occasions and 7/10 for a top-three finish completes our Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips.
Past Hungarian Grand Prix results
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg, Ricciardo
2015 Vettel (Ferrari), Kvyat, Ricciardo
2014 Ricciardo (Red Bull), Alonso, Hamilton
2013 Hamilton (Mercedes), Raikkonen, Vettel
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