F1: The Hungarian GP is This Weekend, Ferrari in Focus
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel is leading the F1 championship standings now, and he is keenly aware that he and Ferrari must be on top of the game if he is going to stay in the lead.
This weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix will provide us with Key indicators about whether it is MercedesAMG rather than Ferrari that is now in the drivers seat in the fight for F1 championships.
In the 4 races since its 1-2 on the streets of Monaco Carlo, The Scuderia has delivered 79 points, which is just 2 more than Red Bull has posted despite its reliability issues. The worry is that in that frame MercedesAMG has posted 151 points.
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Recall, that there were claims earlier this year that Ferrari’s engine could now be more powerful than the MercedesAMG.
This is speculation, and Hungary should give us evidence about just where things are at mid-season
Hungry’s circuit is tight and twisty, allied to the likely warmer temperatures that suit the Ferrari SF70H over the MercedesAMG racer. Further it is a track where power is not so important.
So, in a balances race, any signs that one has a clear edge over this weekend will have big implications for the remainder of the campaign especially with MercedesAMG-suited tracks like Spa and Monza coming up after the Summer break.
Note: in the current turbo hybrid era, it has been one win apiece for Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes at the Hungaroring.
Toto Wolff said Thursday about Lewis Hamilton’s victories in Hungry: “He is driving great but you need to have a car that is capable of doing so.
“You remember Sochi when that didn’t work out for him with just a general lack of grip, and very well for Valtteri. Monaco was a big setback.
“With these new regulations, it is not set in stone that it works like it has done so in the past. Going into the Summer break with a lead is nice.”
Ferrari has made changes to its front wing, have a look.
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F1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30a EDT ON NBCSN
Coverage begins Friday on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app at 4:00a EDT with Practice 1, followed by Practice 2 at 8:00a EDT on NBCSN.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream Practice 3 on Saturday at 5:00a EDT, prior to NBCSN’s live coverage of qualifying at 8:00a EDT.
Live pre-race coverage from begins Sunday at 7:00a EDT on NBCSN, followed by the Hungarian Grand Prix at 7:30a EDT, and post-race coverage on F1 Extra at 10:00p EDT.
NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett will call the action. F1 insider Will Buxton will report on-site from Hungary.
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