Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips: Hamilton on cloud nine
Preview and odds for Sunday’s race
Lewis Hamilton bids to reign in World Championship leader Max Verstappen this weekend as we look at some Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips.
The Briton overcame first-lap contact with his title rival and a 10-second penalty to take an eighth British Grand Prix win at Silverstone, passing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc – who led for the majority of the race – with just three laps to go.
Red Bull’s Verstappen, who had opened up a commanding 32-point lead before heading to Silverstone, has now seen his lead over Hamilton in the driver’s championship reduced to eight points.
The title battle and the recriminations after Silverstone lead the agenda, with Sunday’s race being shown on Sky Sports and starting at 2pm BST.
Mercedes back in business
Having won the last seven drivers’ and constructors’ championships, Mercedes have been challenged by Red Bull in the first 10 rounds of the season.
Yet their package of upgrades, Mercedes’ last of the year, saw the team enjoy an upturn in performance at Silverstone following five straight victories for Red Bull, with Hamilton fastest in qualifying.
The Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips stats show Mercedes have dominated at Hungaroring in recent years and Hamilton will be seeking a ninth victory at the track.
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Hamilton claimed their first victory in over two months at Silverstone and is 7/5 to win at Hungaroring while his Dutch rival, who has won four of the last six races, is 4/5 to give Red Bull their sixth win in seven.
Remember how competitive Ferrari were in Monaco? Well, the Hungaroring has plenty of tight and twisty corners and some similar characteristics with Monte Carlo and could be another strong venue for Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
It was not so long ago that Leclerc took back-to-back pole positions. He is available at 16/1 for a race win and 2/1 to make the podium while Sainz is 40/1 to land his first Grand Prix win and 9/2 to have a top-three finish for the fourth time.
Silverstone fall-out may spill over
Red Bull thought Hamilton was completely in the wrong at Silverstone, and considered the penalty too lenient, whereas Mercedes were adamant their driver had followed overtaking guidelines and the penalty was harsh.
Others, some including rival drivers, viewed it as a racing incident with neither title protagonist clearly more to blame than the other.
It was not the first time they have had contact in a race. They came together on turn one at Imola, so we could yet see a few thrills and spills.
Budapest marks round 11 of the season, with 23 races set to take place. After a three-week break there will then be 12 rounds in 15 weeks as the season really gathers momentum.
Mercedes have won the last three Hungarian Grands Prix and four of the last five, with Ferrari winning in 2015 and 2017.
In sharp contrast to Silverstone, the Hungaroring is a slower circuit that might could potentially suit a Red Bull car that dominated Monaco in May and it is 6/4 the team have a double podium finish.
Yet Hamilton’s record at the Hungaroring cannot be overlooked. He earned a seventh pole position in Hungary last year and is 7/4 to claim an eighth with team-mate Valtteri Bottas, also on the front row last year, a 12/1 chance to claim pole in the Hungarian Grand Prix betting tips.
Perez bids to bounce back
Not much went right for Sergio Perez at Silverstone.
The Mexican retired from Sprint qualifying on Saturday while he finished outside the points in Sunday’s race after a strategic decision from Red Bull.
He was running 10th in the closing stages before being called into the pits for new tyres.
Red Bull opted to do so in hope Perez would set the fastest lap of the race, which he did, and prevent Hamilton from earning an extra World Championship point to go along with his victory.
Yet his win in Azerbaijan and a podium in France shows he is a real force and while he has not had much success here in the past, he has not had a car this quick.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication