The 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix (formally the Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydíj 2017) is scheduled to be held on July 30, 2017 at Hungaroring in Mogyoród, Hungary. Mercedes and Ferrari have identified this as the last race to show their mettle – and the last chance for online betting before the traditional summer break.
Neck and neck race
With just a single point separating the leading title contenders – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, it will be interesting to see how they will fare. The gap between Mercedes and Ferrari has been close all season. Heading into Hungary, Vettel has 177 points to Lewis Hamilton’s 176. While Mercedes seems confident of good performance this time, Ferrari need a strong performance to convince themselves and the rest of the world that they have not started to lose any steam on their battle for the championship title.
“Our drivers have been one of our biggest strengths so far,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff observes. “Lewis has delivered some consummate performances this year, in China, Canada and Silverstone in particular. The win in front of his home crowd was emotionally charged and I am sure he is carrying that energy with him right now. As we see almost each weekend, he is equaling and matching new records in our sport’s history – and building a legacy as one of the sport’s greatest drivers.” The twisting, narrow circuit in Hungary provides very few overtaking opportunities for modern Formula 1 cars. So, the winner will be decided mainly by the ability of the cars’ chassis more than their power. Meanwhile, for Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen believes that even though they are lacking a bit of speed compared to their rivals, the Hungarian track suits them better.
Red Bull and McLaren are in high hopes of giving a strong performance this time around, with their cleverly upgraded and modified cars. It will not be a surprise if they bring an upset this time. Hungaroring is very hard on tyres, so Pirelli are bringing the same Yellow soft, Red supersoft and P Zero White medium options as 2016.
The Hungaroring is a comparatively little-used venue and owing to that, the surface is rather low on grip and takes a while to ‘rubber in’ over the course of the weekend. That will put traction at a premium, especially at the exit of slow corners like the first one. And it will make live online betting all the more interesting. The event will begin at 1400 hours local time (1200 UTC) and be run over 70 laps or 306.630 km (190.553 miles).
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