Hungarian GP | Sebastian Vettel wins despite steering issues

Sebastian Vettel wins the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The summer break engages with Sebastian Vettel leading the championship, after victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hammering home his pole position advantage and continuing the dominance of the front row at the Hungaroring. Whilst Hamilton fought but handed third to Bottas, falling back in the standings after surging to just a point behind.

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Hungarian GP | Ricciardo tops FP2, Wehrlein, Palmer bring out red flags

Daniel Ricciardo tops free practice two at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Atop the timesheets once again sat Daniel Ricciardo at the Hungaroring. Putting his upgraded Red Bull ahead of the field on the supersoft tyres, above Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton missed his chance at a flying lap thanks to yellow flags for Felipe Massa and a red flag when Pascal Wehlrein suffered a heavy head on crash at Turn 11.

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Hungarian GP Preview | Hamilton within 1 point of Vettel

Preview the final round before the summer shutdown, the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The summer break is nearing and the Championship lead is down to a single point. But can Sebastian Vettel stretch his advantage into his holidays or will Lewis Hamilton continue his charge to snatch the top spot at the Hungaroring? A track that has been a happy hunting ground for the British racer, with five wins to his name.

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Daniel Ricciardo wins his second Formula One Grand Prix at the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo goes into the summer break on the back of wining the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix. Ricciardo secured his second Grand Prix win after an exhilarating race packed full of action.

Nico Rosberg started the race on pole position whilst his team-mate was resigned to starting from the pit lane. Hamilton was joined by the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen as well, following his crash in the final stage of qualifying.

In the final hour leading up to the start of the race, the threat of rain crept over the Hungaroring. With dark black clouds and wind swiftly getting closer to the track it was clearer than ever that we would start with a wet track. Something that could have helped Hamilton make his way through the field/ But by the start of the race the track was mostly dry.

Come the start of the formation lap, every driver had opted for the intermediate tyres thanks to the damp track. For Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso he unfortunately would be joining the queue in the pit lane for the start of the race after a loss of power meant he was unable to pull away.

As the red lights changed green and the race was underway, the reduce traction meant a slow start for most. Bottas was able to capitalise early on and make his way past Sebastian Vettel for second place. However, the poor conditions and cold breaks resulted in a spin for Hamilton into turn 2. One of the biggest issues with starting from the pit lane is that you do not get to carry out a formation lap. The lap drivers need the most for a race as it allows them to build tyre and break temperature.

Over the early laps of the race the track conditions improved for the DRS to be enabled. With the improving track, Hamilton was also able to start picking his way through the rear of the field whilst his team-mate stormed away at the front.

Unfortunately for all, on lap nine the safety car was deployed following a heavy crash for Marcus Ericsson at turn 3. Ericsson’s Caterham was completely destroyed by the impact. With all four corners of the car showing damage.

Under the safety car the field pitted for fresh rubber with almost all drivers choosing to switch to slick tyres. Unlike McLaren who opted to pit Button for fresh intermediate tyres with Magnussen staying out on track. As the top four, Rosberg, Bottas, Vettel and Alonso, they were unable to pit immediately when the safety car was deployed as they had already passed the pit entry. This resulted in the four of them falling back into the pack for the restart. A restart that was delayed further with Romain Grosjean spinning behind the safety car and ending his race.

When the race eventually restarted, having the intermediate tyres meant Jenson Button was able to take the lead of the race and go on to set the fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately he would need to keep up this pace for the next lap as the rain McLaren were hoping for did not turn up and he was forced to pit again. Sending the Brit from the front to the rear of the field, along with his team-mate.

Under the safety car, Rosberg appeared to have an issue with his rear brakes. He was told by the team to change his break bias in order to reduce to use of the rear brakes. But this came as no help to Nico when the race was underway as he kept dropping places and now had Hamilton a few cars behind.

From lap sixteen, Hamilton began a scrap with Vettel for sixth place. Unfortunately no matter what he tried out of turn one, an overtake was never on the cards as the inside of turn two remained too wet. Any potential move would have resulted in Lewis and Seb either crashing into each other or both going out onto the run off.

Moving on to lap 23, a big crash for Sergio Perez meant he was out of the race and brought out another safety car. Force India already had one car out of the race after Hulkenberg retired earlier on. This time, Sergio crashed after running wide on the exit of the final corner. Once he got a wheel onto the astroturf he lost control of the rear, sending him straight into the pit wall.

At the restart, Alonso led from Vergne, Rosberg, Vettel, Hamilton and Ricciardo, who had pitted under the safety car. Alonso went on to extend his lead over JEV on the following laps, setting new fastest laps whilst lapping a second quicker than the drivers behind him.

Come lap 33, Rosberg headed to the pit lane to keep his strategy on track. As Nico hit the pit lane speed limit line, a spinning Vettel came into the shot. In an almost identical spin to that of Perez earlier on, Vettel dipped a wheel onto the astroturf and span across the track. Luckily for him, he suffered no damage to his Red Bull, despite making contact with his rear wheel.

Now with Rosberg and Vettel out of his way, Hamilton was now targeting Vergne for second place. It took the Brit just one lap before he made his move on the Frenchman. On the run up the hill for turn four, Hamilton pulled to the outside of Vergne, dipping his wheel onto the grass but a daring move resulted in a gain of position.

A few laps later Hamilton briefly had the lead of the race after Alonso carried out his second stop. Lewis only led for the one lap but by the time he exited the pits on the medium tyres, he was now ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg. Despite Lewis starting from the pit lane and Rosberg from pole.

From lap 45 a battle between the Mercedes boys was on the cards with Nico closing Lewis down quickly whilst on the soft compound tyres. The Mercedes team thought it best to step it before this battle hotted up however, telling Lewis not to hold Nico up. But at no point did Hamilton pull over and let his team-mate pass, simply because at no point did Nico get close enough to Lewis for it to make sense. For multiple laps the gap between the two remained around one second, with Nico constantly on the radio moaning he was still behind.

At the time, Lewis was P3 with Nico P4 but out in front Ricciardo continued to lead the race in a strong position. However, he could not keep his commanding position after fears on the tyres life span resulted in Red Bull bringing the Aussie into the pits for fresh tyres.

With Rosberg pitting a few laps later, it looked like the battle for the win would be between Alonso, Hamilton and Ricciardo. But with Ricciardo on fresh rubber, he set new fastest laps on his way to closing the lead duo down.

The battle for the lead soon tightened up with the three spread out by just 1 and a half seconds on lap 62. Hamilton had DRS on Alonso, whilst Ricciardo had DRS on Hamilton. Meaning no one could close down enough for an overtake just yet.

But over the next few laps the gap continued to tighten, and with Alonso holding Hamilton and Ricciardo back, Rosberg was gaining rapidly at the trio. Knowing Nico could be joining the battle for the win, Ricciardo began to threaten Lewis even more into turn two.

Eventually into turn two on lap 67 of 70, Ricciardo dove down the outside of Hamilton. Although Hamilton forced the Red Bull wide, he found the grip and ensured he was ahead going into turn three. Then, just one lap later he had the lead of the race after overtaking Fernando Alonso into turn one after breaking late.

Now with just two laps remaining, Alonso continued to keep Hamilton at bay with solid defending into turn two. Despite his tyres fading away, Lewis was unable to make a move after his tyres also faded away. Meaning Nico Rosberg was able to close down even more.

But over the final laps no more overtakes at the front meant Daniel Ricciardo took the top step of the podium to win his second Formula One Grand Prix in his debut season at Red Bull. Fernando Alonso securing 2nd place meant the Spaniard took his first podium of the season since the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix. And finally, it was pit lane to podium for Lewis Hamilton after he took third place ahead of his team-mate. The gap between Ricciardo and Alonso at the chequered flag was just over 5 seconds. Whilst the gap between Alonso, Hamilton and Rosberg was just 1.1 seconds. Another driver who made a lot of progress through the field was Raikkonen after the Finn started in sixteenth.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 70 Winner 4 25
2 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +5.2 secs 5 18
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 +5.8 secs 22 15
4 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 70 +6.3 secs 1 12
5 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 70 +29.8 secs 6 10
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 70 +31.4 secs 16 8
7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 70 +40.9 secs 2 6
8 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 70 +41.3 secs 3 4
9 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 70 +58.5 secs 8 2
10 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 70 +67.2 secs 7 1
11 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 70 +68.1 secs 11
12 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 70 +78.4 secs 21
13 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 70 +84.0 secs 20
14 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 69 +1 Lap 10
15 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 15
16 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 18
Ret 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 32 +38 Laps 13
Ret 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault +46 Laps 17
Ret 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +48 Laps 12
Ret 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +56 Laps 9
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +60 Laps 14
Ret 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault +63 Laps 19

Nico Rosberg secured pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg broke Lewis Hamilton’s clean sweep for the Hungarian Grand Prix after securing pole position. A lap time of 1:22:715 was enough for Rosberg to edge out Vettel to take the top spot, following another disastrous qualifying for Hamilton..

Across all three free practice sessions, Hamilton had ended the session on top. But those sessions were in hot, sunny conditions. Not the same conditions experienced at the start of qualifying with dark clouds looming over the circuit with a 30% threat of rain.

At the start of Q1 the track remained dry with temperatures reaching 47 degrees Celsius as Jules Bianchi led the field from the pits. He was soon joined by a lot of the other drivers, mostly on the medium compound tyres, unlike the Caterham pair who were both on the softs.

Without even setting a time, we had an early retirement with Pastor Maldonado pulling to the side of the track with a technical problem. Without setting a time in Q1, Maldonado is set to start tomorrow’s Grand Prix from last position, providing there are no penalties awarded to the cars ahead.

One of the cars directly ahead of Maldonado could be the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, unless the team start him from the pit lane. Hamilton joined Pastor on the side line of Q1 after the pole favourite was forced into bringing his car to a halt. As the Brit made his way around the final sector of the track, the rear of his car set ablaze and his session was over. Mercedes later confirmed the fire was due to a fuel leak.

Walking away from his burning car, Lewis’ body language said all that needs to be said. Hanging his head in his hand, it was clear to see just how dejected Hamilton was. Back in Germany last week, Hamilton ran out of luck in qualifying when his brake failed, and his luck appears yet to return.

As for times, Button was the early pace setter in his McLaren just as Hamilton’s fire started. Rosberg soon was making his way up the leader board as well after setting the fastest time in the first sector. And for sector times, amazingly it was Gutierrez in his Sauber who was the early pace setter in the middle sector.

Rosberg took the top spot early on with the medium compound tyres, but it was the Toro Rosso of Vergne who finished Q1 on top with a 1:24:941. Fastest in the middle sector, Vergne managed to beat the Mercedes to the top spot with Kvyat in third.

Other than the retirement of Hamilton from qualifying, the other big name to drop out of qualifying in Q1 was Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari. The team took the risk of not sending Kimi out on the soft compound tyres but his 1:26:792 was not enough to keep him in qualifying after Jules Bianchi eliminated the Ferrari driver. Bianchi, potentially the man to replace Kimi at Ferrari when he moves on, knocked the Finn out of qualifying in the final moments after the flag dropped and Bianchi improved to take sixteenth.

Out of Q1 were: 17) Raikkonen, 18) Kobayashi, 19) Chilton, 20) Ericsson [21) Hamilton, 22) Maldonado with no times set]

Sergio Perez was the first man out of the pit lane at the start of Q2. His initial time of a 1:25:211 however was not enough to keep him at the top as both Williams, Kvyat and Hulkenberg all beat him.

For Rosberg however, the top spot was all his as a 1:23:310 rocketed him away from Bottas by almost seven tenths. The Red Bull pair soon were stamping their mark on second and third however as the two set almost identical lap times.

Unfortunately for Sergio Perez, he would be the next driver eliminated from qualifying with a car issue. A hydraulic leak on his Force India resulted in the Mexican staying in the pits.

As the chequered flag waved to mark the end of Q2, both McLaren’s were able to improve and move themselves away from the drop zone. Button improved to take P7 with Magnussen tucking in behind for eighth. The threat of being pegging back into the drop zone for them was soon eliminated as well after a spin for Kvyat.

Under breaking for turn 12, the young Russian dipped his front left onto the grass and sent his Toro Rosso into a spin. Bringing out the yellow flags, meaning other drivers were unable to improve.

Joining Kvyat knocked out of Q2 were Sutil (12th) Perez, Gutierrez, Grosjean and Bianchi.

Now onto Q3 the rain had began to fall but drivers went out on the soft compound tyres in the hope they could get a quick lap in before the rain got to heavy. Nico Rosberg was the first man to go into the wet first corner, but was unable to make it stick and sailed on into the run off.

Behind Nico Rosberg was the McLaren rookie, Kevin Magnussen. Going down the pit straight, the rain didn’t appear to be too heavy. However, under breaking Kevin was unable to slow down like Nico, but got on the grass and span into the barrier. Not only did this mean Magnussen was out of qualifying, but it brought out the red flag.

The red flag potentially helped the other drivers as Hulkenberg reported the rest of the track was fine. This meant when the session was back underway everyone headed out to the dry track on the dry tyres.

With nine minuets of the session still remaining, Mercedes were aiming to carry out two stints with Rosberg. But for Bottas, he was flying from the off. Going fastest in the first sector by over a second and set the fastest lap of the session so far. A second quicker than Ricciardo who was fastest in the middle sector.

As the first lap times hit the board, Ricciardo and Rosberg were being pushed down the order by Alonso and Button. However, Ricciardo found time on his second lap to move up to second behind Bottas who had pitted.

But for drivers still out on track, Sebastian Vettel stormed to the top spot with a 1:23:415. Over a second faster than his team-mate. With the sun shinning over the Hungaroring, the track conditions kept improving and Rosberg romped to the top.

Now into the final stints of qualifying, Vettel was informed that there was a little bit of rain down at the first corner. But that didn’t stop everyone returning to action. From the off drivers were improving on their previous best times with Button moving up to P4. Valtteri Bottas was the next man to improve as he crossed the line, but he ended the lap one tenth down on Rosberg at the top.

Into the final lap of qualifying, Sebastian Vettel was once again improving as he went purple in the second sector. Come the end of the lap Vettel took provisional pole with a 1:23:201 but with Rosberg still to complete his lap. And when Rosberg finished that lap he secured pole position as he became the first man to break into the 1:22’s.

Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo will make up the second row for the start of tomorrow’s Grand Prix. As the two finished their laps within four hundredths of a second of each other.

Tomorrow’s Grand Prix is set to be exciting as Hamilton works to battle his way through the field to limit the damages. But at the front Rosberg may have a fight on his hands if his start isn’t perfect.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.227 1:23.310 1:22.715 20
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.662 1:23.606 1:23.201 16
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:25.690 1:23.776 1:23.354 19
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.495 1:23.676 1:23.391 18
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.087 1:24.249 1:23.909 17
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:26.592 1:24.030 1:24.223 19
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.612 1:24.502 1:24.294 21
8 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:24.941 1:24.637 1:24.720 19
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:26.149 1:24.647 1:24.775 22
10 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.578 1:24.585 13
11 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:25.361 1:24.706 14
12 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.027 1:25.136 12
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:25.910 1:25.211 11
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.709 1:25.260 10
15 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.136 1:25.337 16
16 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:26.728 1:27.419 14
17 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:26.792 5
18 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:27.139 10
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:27.819 7
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:28.643 10
21 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes No time 2
22 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault No time 1
Q1 107% Time 1:30.886


FP3 for the Hungarian Grand Prix topped by Lewis Hamilton

After a double sweep in FP1 and FP2, Hamilton secured the hatrick as he topped the time sheets for the third and final free practice session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Going into Saturday, Hamilton had topped every session as the Mercedes pair looked comfortably ahead of the rest. Despite a poor start to the day, Williams improved in FP2 compared to FP1. However they still looked far behind the Mercedes duo despite being their closest challengers in recent races.

Come the start of the final free practice session a heap of drivers headed straight out to the 4.381 km track, with Vergne’s Toro Rosso leading the way. But it was not till a little later when the first time was posted, a 1:36:947 by Kamui Kobayashi. Kamui’s time was soon pushed down the order by his team-mate. Followed by much faster laps by Rosberg and Magnussen.

As the drivers carried on their runs on the medium tyres, Hamilton was lapping a lot slower than his rivals. It appeared as if Lewis was carrying out longer runs with more fuel on board, which would support his slower laps. But as for his rivals, the Red Bull’s and Williams appeared to have closed the gap between their best times and the best time Rosberg had set. Ricciardo and Bottas both had surpassed Rosberg’s 1:26:292 with Ricciardo now topping the session with a 1:25:999.

Come the mid mark of the session, Hamilton was still yet to post a competitive time. But he had still posted a time to speak of, unlike Fernando Alonso. For the Spaniard, his Ferrari had remained in his garage for most of the opening half hour, only completing two installation laps. However, once Fernando hit the track and actually set a time, he sent his Ferrari straight to the top spot with a 1:25:954.

Similarly to Fernando, once Hamilton set a flying lap in FP3 he sent his Mercedes straight to the top spot. Lewis’ best time of the session resulted in a 0.272 second advantage over Fernando. This meant lewis was the only driver to have a significant advantage in the top four.

It took until 48 minuets of the hour-long session had been completed before the first driver to use the soft compound tyres hit the track. Today, it was Alonso being the first to venture out on the option compound tyres that drivers managed to find around 1 and a half seconds on yesterday in the second free practice session.

On his first soft compound timed lap today, Alonso managed to take off over a second to his best lap time and regained the top spot of the session after a 1:224:769. For Raikkonen, he also found time on the softer tyres to slot in behind his team-mate. But as you would expect, it was the Mercedes that secured the top spot when Rosberg went fastest of all throughout the first and second sector. Nico could have set the fastest sector time in the final sector as well but made a mistake. Which in turn then allowed Hamilton to go top by four tenths of a second.

Over Nico’s next couple of flying laps, he managed to half the deficit on each lap. Initially closing the gap to two tenths, before shaving a further two tenths off his time before the chequered flag dropped. Now as the German entered his in lap the gap was just five hundredths of a second.

That meant Hamilton topped another free practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix 2014 weekend. With Hamilton taking less laps to set the fastest time he may have more of an advantage come qualifying later today than he has already shown. On the other hand however, in the battle of the Mercs, Rosberg may also have something held back for later today.

The advantage the Mercedes driver have over the field appears to be closer than at most races this season. For this mornings session it was the Red Bulls who finished as the ‘best of the rest’ but Ricciardo in fourth was still six tenths off of Hamilton.

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.048 21
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.095 0.047 24
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.455 0.407 16
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.678 0.630 15
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:24.685 0.637 21
6 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.769 0.721 11
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:24.818 0.770 19
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.867 0.819 21
9 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:25.162 1.114 17
10 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:25.170 1.122 19
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:25.231 1.183 18
12 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.468 1.420 14
13 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:25.829 1.781 22
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:25.859 1.811 19
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.934 1.886 21
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.023 1.975 23
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:26.035 1.987 19
18 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:26.142 2.094 17
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:27.560 3.512 23
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:28.083 4.035 17
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:28.605 4.557 22
22 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:28.821 4.773 14

Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

In a double-header of Formula One action, the season rolls on to the Hungaroring for the last Grand Prix before the annual summer break.

Just one week after the Hockenheimring hosted the 2014 German Grand Prix, the season moves on to Hungary for the eleventh round of the Formula One World Championship. After winning in Germany, Nico Rosberg carries a 14 point lead over his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton as the Mercedes drivers continue to battle it out. But if Lewis is going to take the challenge to Nico in Hungary, he will need to improve his qualifying performances and start near or on the front row.

In the previous three races Lewis has left himself with work to do from the start after poor performances. In Austria, track limits caused a lot of drivers issues and their times being removed in qualifying. But it cost Lewis heavily and he started the race down in ninth. At Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, a poor decision not to complete a flying lap in the mixed conditions resulted in Lewis’ best Q3 time falling down the order as the other drivers found heaps of time. This time Lewis started the race down in sixth place. To round up Hamilton’s poor qualifying of late, he was only able to qualify down in 16th place for the German Grand Prix.

Fortunately for Lewis, the Hungarian Grand Prix has been a good track for him over his F1 career. Going into this weekend, Lewis has the joint most Grand Prix wins at the Hungaroring with Michael Schumacher. With both having won the race on four occasions and Lewis having won the most recent Hungarian Grand Prix in 2013. The race in 2013 also marked Hamilton’s first win at Mercedes since his switch from McLaren.

Hungaroring track guide - From

Hungaroring track guide – From

The Hungaroring itself is a short 4.381 km track set 19 kilometres away from Budapest in Hungary. Based in a valley, providing natural viewing areas for spectators, work began on the circuit in 1985, before the first Grand Prix was held in the following year. When the track was designed it used the natural aspects of the location to create a challenging track for the drivers. With almost all of the track visible from certain grandstands.

The first sector of the track is made up by the two longest straights of the circuit. Between the straights however, will provide overtaking opportunities. Following on from the pit straight, which will be used as the first DRS area for the race, drivers battling could exit turn one within close proximity. On the run down to turn 2, the second DRS zone can enable a driver to pull away from the person he just overtook or provide him with a second chance. Here there are two options for the overtake. The driver can either send his car down the inside of the corner and forced his opposition out wide. Or a more bold move would be to try to go around the outside. If this move is to be pulled off however, they will need a strong exit to hold the inside line into turn three and the run up the hill.

At the top of the hill, turn four is a challenging corner where the drivers need to slow down slightly, but still enough to flick their car to the left without exceeding the track limits. If a driver is to run off here and gain an advantage, a penalty is almost guaranteed.

Through the middle sector of the track, overtaking opportunities come very rarely with the narrow twisty nature of the sector. The turn six/seven chicane is the best chance for an overtake whilst in the middle sector but a mistake can cost you severely if the field is bunched up. After this chicane the middle sector becomes fast and twisty. Drivers will be forced to follow the car ahead until the start of the final sector.

Here another straight allows for overtaking opportunities under breaking before the drivers bunch back up to wrap up the lap. It’s not impossible to overtake into turn thirteen as a driver may drift out wide, leaving the inside open for a late move. If a driver does attempt the overtake here however, they leave themselves open to attack with the DRS detection coming soon after.

If you wish to watch the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix live in the UK it will be available on TV courtesy of SkySportsF1. The BBC will have highlights of the race on TV later on in the day, with live coverage on their radio station; BBC5 Live.

For SkySportsF1, their schedule for the Hungarian Grand Prix is:

Thursday 24th July
17:00: F1 Drivers Press Conference

Friday 25th July
08:45: F1 Free Practice 1 – Live
11:00: GP2 Practice – Live
12:45: F1 Free Practice 2 – Live
14:50: GP2 Qualifying – Live
16:00: F1 Team Principle Press Conference

Saturday 26th July
08:45: GP3 Qualifying – Live
09:45: F1 Free Practice 3 – Live
12:00: F1 Qualifying – Live
14:35: GP2 Feature Race – Live
16:15: GP3 Race 1 – Live

Sunday 27th July 
08:20: GP3 Race 2 – Live
09:30: GP2 Sprint Race – Live
11:30: The 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, Track Parade – Live
12:00: The 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix – Live
15:30: The 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, Paddock Live
18:00: The 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, Highlights

As for the BBC, their schedule for the Hungarian Grand Prix is:

Friday 25 July
08:55: Free Practice 1 – BBC 5 live sports extra & live text commentary online
12:55: Free Practice 2 – BBC 5 live sports extra & live text commentary online

Saturday 26 July
09:55: Free Practice 3 – BBC 5 live sports extra & live text commentary online
12:55: Qualifying – BBC 5 live sports extra & live text commentary online
17:40: Qualifying highlights – BBC Two

Sunday 27 July
13:00: The 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, race live – BBC 5 live & live text commentary online
17:10: The 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, race highlights – BBC One