Hungarian Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

The Hungarian Grand Prix will be held this coming Sunday at the Hungaroring race track in Budapest, Hungary at 2pm local time (1pm GMT). This is the last race before the teams go on a month long summer break. Lewis Hamilton who is one of the most successful drivers in this race, hopes to win it again in order to extend his lead over his rival Nico Rosberg.

Overview

The Hungarian Grand Prix was the first F1 race to be held behind the Iron Curtain. It was first held in 1986 on Hungaroring, a track located near Budapest. This track still continues to be its home up to this day. There are 16 turns on this circuit and two DRS zones (the first along the pit straight and the second between turns one and two). It’s also known for its technical corners and narrow track, which leaves few overtaking opportunities to drivers and also makes the race here as one of the slowest in the F1 calendar.

Hungaroring has a length of 4.381 kilometers. The race here is completed after 70 laps and covers a total distance of 306.663 kilometers. The track in this circuit has an abrasive asphalt surface and its temperature during race day is usually high. Because of this, Pirelli will use their soft (yellow) and medium (white) compounds for this race.

Drivers

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Hungarian GP. He alongside with Michael Schumacher has already won this race four times. Last year, he finished this race only in third place and was denied a hat trick by the surprise winner, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull. Although the possibility of having a hat trick here is now very far away from him, on Sunday, he’ll still have the golden opportunity to be the most successful driver here if he can win it for the fifth time.

The other competitors on Sunday who have already won this race are Jenson Button (2006, 2011), Fernando Alonso (2003) and Kimi Raikkonen (2005). Hamilton’s archrival, Nico Rosberg is yet to win this race and also hasn’t had any podium finish here so far. Last year, he started at the pole, but finished only in fourth (this is also his best result here to date).

Betting Tips

Hamilton’s late come from behind victory in the British Grand Prix more than two weeks ago just proved how great a driver he really is. With his great record in this race and dramatic win in Silverstone, he is once again the odds favorite to win here. Unibet has him at around 1.5 here. As usual, Rosberg comes second again to him and Ladbrokes has him at around 3.25. Sebastian Vettel who is the only other driver aside from Hamilton and Rosberg who had won a race this year is at around 15 in Unibet.

I’ll go for Hamilton in this race. Last year, his car encountered problems during the qualifying sessions and was forced to begin the race from the pit lane. But despite this, he was still able to have a podium finish. With everything going well now on the mechanical aspect of his car, I’m sure he can win this race again for the fifth time.