Lewis Hamilton had a weekend to forget in Germany but we’re expecting normal service to be resumed this Sunday in our Hungarian Grand Prix predictions.
The Briton showed last year how quickly he can recover from disappointing displays and the rest of the drivers will be fearing another backlash at the Hungaroring.
During the 2018 season, Hamilton failed to make the podium only three times when completing the course and on each occasion he rallied to win next time out – in Azerbaijan, France and Brazil.
It was a similar story this year when he followed up fifth place in Austria by storming to victory at Silverstone.
Whilst struggling with illness, Hamilton made not one, but two uncharacteristic mistakes at Hockenheim, crashing from the lead and later spinning, too.
However, he still managed to extend his championship advantage over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to 41 points ahead of the final race before the summer break.
“What a crazy race,” said Hamilton. “This has been one of the most difficult races we’ve had as a team for a long time.
“I thought I had the race under control, but we took a risk going out on slicks and the race fell apart from there.
“I went wide at Turn 16 and it was like ice out there, then hit the wall and damaged my wing. I made a mistake and paid the price.
“I was in the lead and then finished P11. I’m not even sure how, but that’s very painful and I’m just glad it’s over.
“It’s hard to perform when you’re not at 100 per cent. I need to make sure I’m fit and healthy again in time for the next race.”
How the German Grand Prix finished
1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Vettel (Ferrari), 3 Kvyat (Toro Rosso), 4 Stroll (Racing Point), 5 Sainz (McLaren), 6 Albon (Toro Rosso), 7 Grosjean (Haas), 8 Magnussen (Haas), 9 Hamilton (Mercedes), 10 Kubica (Williams), 11 Russell (Williams), 12 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 13 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), DNF Gasly (Red Bull), Bottas (Mercedes), Hulkenberg (Renault), Leclerc (Ferrari), Norris (McLaren), Ricciardo (Renault), Perez (Racing Point)
Charles Leclerc was another driver left to rue costly errors in Germany when crashing out of contention for the top prize.
Leclerc has impressed in his debut season at Ferrari, proving an even match for team-mate Sebastian Vettel, but the 21-year-old Monegasque is some way from the finished article.
He should have won on Sunday, running behind Hamilton, when he lost control of his Ferrari and skidded into the wall at the final corner.
Earlier this year, he blew his chances of victory in Azerbaijan, crashing out of qualifying when he was the favourite to secure pole.
Vettel was faultless for a change, displaying great composure in his fightback from last to second on home turf, but he too has had more than his fair share of problems this season.
The German and Ferrari have excellent records at Hungaroring, but that might tempt them to push too hard in challenging Mercedes and Red Bull.
Let’s finish off our Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips with a speculative punt that at least one of the Ferrari drivers does not finish in the points this weekend at 14/5.
Past Hungarian Grand Prix winners:
2018: Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel, Raikkonen
2017: Vettel (Ferrari), Raikkonen, Bottas
2016: Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg, Ricciardo
2015: Vettel (Ferrari), Kvyat, Ricciardo
2014: Ricciardo (Red Bull), Alonso, Hamilton
2013: Hamilton (Mercedes), Raikkonen, Vettel
Join bwin today and receive up to £10 money back as a FreeBet if your first wager at odds of 1/1 (2.0) or greater is a loser! Terms and conditions apply.