F1: Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

F1: Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

F1: Hungarian Grand Prix Preview


So far in the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship, there’s just one point separating the top two drivers after 10 races.

So, we can expect that Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel and MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton, will be giving it their best at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The race take place at The Hungaroring located just outside of the City of Budapest, and since it is held in the middle of the European Summer the weather and atmosphere there will likely be perfect.

This year racers and fans are expecting Sunny conditions for both Saturday’s qualifying session and Sunday’s race. T

The peak temperature should be around 80F on both days.

As for The Hungaroring, the circuit has hosted more than 30 F1 Grands Prix. And its technical layout still makes it a challenge for the drivers.

The layout is 2.7 miles consisting of an uncompromising line up corners that tests cars and drivers to the limit, and the reliance on slow-corner traction makes it a solid test of a car’s mechanical grip.

Pirelli has nominated its medium, soft and supersoft compounds for this weekend’s action.

After the initial practice session, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo came fastest, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen and MercedesAMG’s LewisHamilton.

Going into the weekend

Mr. Vettel leads the Drivers’ Championship with 177 points, Mr. Hamilton is 2nd with 176 points and fellow MercedesAMG driver Valtteri Bottas is 3rd with 154 points.

In the Constructors’ Championship, MercedesAMG leads with 330 points, Ferrari is 2nd with 275 points and Red Bull Racing is 3rd with 174 points.

Last year’s winner at Hungary was Lewis Hamilton.


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.

Tune in enjoy the racing


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