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Hungarian Grand Prix: Max to bounce back in Budapest

Date: 01/08/2021

Venue: Hungaroring

Lewis Hamilton claimed a controversial win on home turf in Britain but Max Verstappen is expected to bounce straight back in our Hungarian Grand Prix predictions.

The Red Bull driver was left seething after being shunted off the track by his title rival at Silverstone.

This is his first chance since that setback to make a statement of intent and 4/5 for Verstappen to prevail stands out from the Hungarian Grand Prix odds.

Hamilton’s relationship with Verstappen has been largely cordial but that all changed when the Dutchman was sent crashing out at high speed.

The stewards penalised Hamilton with a 10-second penalty but he recovered to overhaul Charles Leclerc and end a five-race losing streak in dramatic fashion.

Opinions were divided over whether the Mercedes ace should have been more severely reprimanded but his eighth victory on home turf has definitely blown the championship race back open.

However, Verstappen is still eight points ahead at the top of the leaderboard and must focus on the fact he had won four of the previous five races.

Hamilton’s supporters will take heart from his eight past victories in Budapest and he is 7/5 here but the Hungaroring is a track which has played to Red Bull’s strengths in recent seasons.

Now they have a superior set-up in terms of all-round speed, we are confident Verstappen will be able to prove a point this weekend.

How the British Grand Prix finished

1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Leclerc (Ferrari), 3 Bottas (Mercedes), 4 Norris (McLaren), 5 Ricciardo (McLaren), 6 Sainz (Ferrari), 7 Alonso (Alpine Renault), 8 Stroll (Aston Martin), 9 Ocon (Alpine Renault), 10 Tsunoda (Alphatauri), 11 Gasly (Alphatauri), 12 Russell (Williams), 13 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 14 Latifi (Williams), 15 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 16 Perez (Red Bull), 17 Mazepin (Haas), 18 Schumacher (Haas), DNF Vettel (Aston Martin), Verstappen (Red Bull)

Mercedes engineer Andrew Shovlin admits his team face a difficult task to transfer their British Grand Prix performance to Budapest.

He told the F1 website: “Silverstone is one of our best tracks so it would be naive for us to think we can go to Hungary and expect to carry this performance in.

“Red Bull are going to be good at a high-downforce circuit – frankly, they’re good at every circuit at the moment.

“They’re going to be a bit bruised after the last experience, so I’m sure they’re going to come back really strong.”

Those words make 11/10 for Red Bull’s Sergio Perez to secure a top-three finish worth adding to our Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips.

The Mexican has only made the podium twice this year, when successful in Azerbaijan and then third in France, but now is the time for him to really step up.

Pierre Gasly has not had much luck in the last three races but is fancied for a return to form, having previously finished sixth, third and seventh.

The AlphaTauri driver said: “I have done well in the past at the Hungaroring, winning in Formula 2 and scoring points a couple of times in Formula 1.

“It’s a circuit I like a lot, as there are no real straights and plenty of corners, so in the cockpit you are always doing something – braking, turning or managing the throttle.”

Gasly made the top six in Monaco and Azerbaijan and 5/2 for him to do the same again here completes our Hungarian Grand Prix predictions.

Past Hungarian Grand Prix winners

2020: Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen, Bottas
2019: Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen, Vettel
2018: Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel, Raikkonen
2017: Vettel (Ferrari), Raikkonen, Bottas
2016: Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg, Ricciardo
2015: Vettel (Ferrari), Kvyat, Ricciardo

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