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Charles Leclerc has great chances of winning glory in Hungary
Best Formula 1 bets, tips and analysis for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
where to watch
Sky Sports F1, 2 p.m. Sunday
Charles Leclerc winner of the Hungarian GP
2pts 11-8 general
Fernando Alonso cracks top six
2pts 7-5 Betfair
No safety car deployed
1pt 7-4 general
Hungarian Grand Prix
George Russell came out of nowhere to snatch pole position from Carlos Sainz on Saturday, but the King’s Lynn driver will need a good slice of luck to convert his first pole on Sunday.
The Hungaroring has a reputation for being a difficult circuit to cross – and rightly so – but only three of the eight Grands Prix of the turbo-hybrid era have been won from pole and, with both Ferraris out of breath, Russell is unlikely to be the fourth.
Despite the relative underperformance from the front of the grid, only two Hungarian Grand Prix winners have come from further back than the second row.
One of those two winners was Esteban Ocon, who took advantage of last year’s opening lap chaos to lead most of the race, ironically pointing out how difficult it is to pass around the 14 corners of the Hungaroring.
Even serial winner Max Verstappen, who qualified a dismal tenth after experiencing car trouble in Q3, could struggle to fight through the field there.
With Charles Leclerc’s World Drivers’ Championship battle on the verge of collapse, this could be the perfect opportunity for him to carve out a 63-point lead over Verstappen and he looks a worthy favorite, especially with his teammate placed on the dirty side of the grid. .
Carlos Sainz, starting second, may have had the pace advantage over his teammate in qualifying, but Leclerc had the upper hand on race day and the team’s controls could come into play on Sunday, further increasing the Leclerc’s chances of a fourth victory of the season.
Further on, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso qualified with an impressive fifth and sixth place and they look set for another excellent Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ocon and Alonso finished first and fourth respectively last season and the Spanish veteran has a particularly good relationship with the Hungaroring.
He won his first World Drivers’ Championship there in 2003 and finished in the points at 14 of his 18 Hungarian Grands Prix, with 11 top-six finishes, and hasn’t failed to score points since. his retirement in 2009.
Alpine have secured 17 top-ten finishes out of a possible 24 this season and five of their failures have come in the first five rounds. Both drivers have been in the points in five of the last seven races and it’s clear Alonso has the car to challenge at the front of midfield, so a top six is within reach.
Only half of the 12 Hungarian Grands Prix held since 2010 have seen a safety car deployed and with the chance of rain in the race now at seven per cent, a small punt with no safety car deployed at 7-4 offers a good value.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 6:46 PM, JULY 30, 2022