Lewis Hamilton was so dominant when successful in Spielberg last weekend that he is hard to oppose in our Hungarian Grand Prix predictions.
Following a poor performance at the same venue in the season opener, the six-time world champion was simply awesome throughout the Styrian Grand Prix.
Hamilton finished 1.2 seconds faster than anyone else after a wet qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring, before blitzing his rivals from the front on race day.
The 35-year-old had 13.7secs to spare over Valtteri Bottas when passing the chequered flag, with his Mercedes teammate overtaking Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for second late on.
After claiming the 85th victory of his Formula One career, Hamilton beamed: “This has tended to be one of my weaker tracks, so I am over the moon to have a performance like this – so, so happy.
“This feels like a long time coming since the final race of last year and it is a great step forward to come back from a difficult first weekend.”
Last year’s wide-margin win here was his seventh course victory, putting him three clear of Michael Schumacher and four ahead of Ayrton Senna.
How the Styrian Grand Prix finished
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Verstappen (Red Bull), 4 Albon (Red Bull), 5 Norris (McLaren), 6 Perez (Racing Point), 7 Stroll (Racing Point), 8 Ricciardo (Renault), 9 Sainz (McLaren), 10 Kvyat (Alphatauri), 11 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 12 Magnussen (Haas), 13 Grosjean (Haas), 14 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 15 Gasly (Alphatauri), 16 Russell (Williams), 17 Latifi (Williams), DNF Ocon (Renault), Leclerc (Ferrari), Vettel (Ferrari)
With Hamilton feeling so assured on this circuit, he may take the opportunity to ease through the early exchanges on Friday.
That view makes 3/1 for Verstappen to go quickest in free practice a value option for our Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips.
The Dutch ace pipped the Mercedes duo to pole position in qualifying here 12 months ago and had the fastest lap when runner-up on race day.
Despite struggling to keep pace with Hamilton and Bottas in Austria, Verstappen is hopeful of being more competitive this week.
He said: “P3 is of course good points but it’s still not what we want, we want to fight for victories every weekend, so I hope Hungary is better for us.
“With less straights, we should hopefully have more chance – and maybe it will be hotter, too.”
Team principal Christian Horner added: “It has been a huge effort from everyone back at the factory who enabled us to bring upgrades this weekend in order to close the gap and we will continue to push on all fronts.
“It’s great to be racing again and now our focus is on Hungary, where we hope to close the gap further.”
Past Hungarian Grand Prix winners:
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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