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  • Chris Sobey

Formula One

The current F1 season has now reached the halfway stage and after a slow start and plenty of bad luck, defending F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton has hit back in style winning four of the last five races and is now only one point behind teammate Nico Rosberg, who is under real pressure having only won one of the last six GP and he’s only finished on the podium in two of these races.

The action now turns to the Hungarian GP at the famous Hungaroring, which has been a regular on the F1 calendar for decade. The circuit is renowned for being difficult to overtake on due to the dust and street circuit feel, as this is the only time the circuit is used throughout the year.

With this in mind certain teams and drivers like Red Bull and Alonso for McLaren perform much better in these difficult and challenging kinds of conditions compared to other circuits, as they have more experience and/or their cars downforce technology is known to give their drivers an advantage compared to the outright speed circuits.

Hamilton and Rosberg both dominated qualifying here last year, but struggled in the race proper managing only sixth and eighth place respectively. Vettel won for Ferrari from third on the grid, both Red Bull drivers Ricciardo and Verstappen finished in the top four last year (Verstappen for Torro Rosso and Kyvat for Red Bull finished second), and both McLaren drivers Alonso and Button finished in the points from lowly grid positions.

With this in mind and the fact Max Verstappen has been on the pace and finished second in the last two GP it’s worth taking a punt on him at 6/1 (1/3 odds 2 places) for the GP on Sunday. Also, McLaren drivers Alonso and Button both finished in the points here last year and can be backed at 5/2 to repeat that result in 2016, which should definitely be considered as they both finished in the points at the Russian and Monaco GP, which both have similar conditions to the Hungaroring.

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