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Ian Rounce 24th Jul 2014 - 10:39

F1 Hungarian GP Preview - on to Budapest

In a quick turnaround the Formula 1 heads to Budapest's Hungaroring. Inevitably the two Mercedes cars are demanding the media coverage.

As they travel from Hokkenheim, Rosberg will be the happier of the two Mercedes drivers as he conjured some breathing space in the race for the Championship. His immaculate performance now sees the prices tightly poised at 10/11 the pair for the title.

A brake failure during qualifying in Germany resulted in Hamilton leaving himself a mountain to climb during the race. He admirably managed 3rd position from 20th. He made no friends however, as he barged his way through the field.

Despite this, it was another example of the pressure Rosberg is continuously applying on his team mate. Hamilton's obsession with analysing Rosberg's data led him to the decision to change his brake type for qualifying. Rosberg was gaining time on Hamilton during the early part of the lap in Friday practice.

Hamilton's solution was the change on Saturday, which ultimately contributed to his crash in Q1 and a starting grid position of 20th.
For the fifth race in a row Rosberg has now out-qualified Hamilton and he stands at 6/4 to be on pole in Hungary.

Paul Hembrey, Pirelli motorsport director, stated "Hungary is well-known for being a tricky layout, where it's difficult to overtake and to find a perfect set-up for the whole lap." This means qualifying position will be vital this weekend.

Track conditions are often a talking point in Hungary. Temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius last year and similar conditions could have a huge impact on tyre degradation. Continuous cornering gives the tyres very little time to cool and the weather could play a big part in Sunday's race.

Ex-driver Jean Alesi discussed this week "It's a track where you run maximum downforce, because of all the slow corners and low-gear acceleration." Downforce is one of Red Bull's saving graces this year and they will be hoping to capitalise on this at the weekend.

Daniel Ricciardio has consistently out-performed Sebastian Vettel this year and he will be hoping he can produce another podium performance at 2/1. His driving last weekend even produced plaudits from Fernando Alonso as he stated, "I think he is doing unbelievable, he's driving fantastically."

This was a far cry from the petty exchanges in Silverstone between Alonso and Vettel.

The Williams team are performing at a very high level, especially young driver Valtteri Bottas. He was strongly fancied in-play on Sunday's race, as he finished an excellent second. He now has three podiums in a row as he builds on his exceptional promise. He stands 7/4 to repeat his string of podiums.

This track might not play to their strengths during qualifying but the sheer power of their engine will always make them a difficult overtaking proposition come race day.

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