Nico Rosberg may have arrived in Budapest for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix leading the Formula 1 drivers’ championship, but the German will know that the momentum lies chiefly with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Four wins in the past five races have brought Hamilton back into the title fight, cutting the gap from 43 points to just one in the process.
Hamilton arrives at the Hungaroring keen to pick up a record-breaking fifth victory at the circuit and give Mercedes a full set of wins at all 21 tracks on the F1 calendar.
MotorSportsTalk writers Luke Smith and Tony DiZinno have made their picks for this weekend’s race. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)
Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton. No driver has won more times at the Hungaroring than Lewis Hamilton… yet it is the only track Mercedes hasn’t been victorious at in the hybrid era. Still, I’m tipping Lewis to keep his roll going and seize the championship lead for the first time in 2016.
Surprise Finish: Max Verstappen. We’re yet to see Hamilton and Verstappen duke it out together on-track – why not on Sunday? Max to split the Mercedes drivers for a third race in a row.
Most to Prove: Ferrari. Because if Ferrari can’t win here, where can it?
Additional Storyline: Radio rules. After the debate surrounding radio communications at Silverstone, tweaks have been made to the rules
Predict the Podium
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)
Race Winner: Daniel Ricciardo. Lewis hits a rough patch at a track that should favor the Red Bulls this weekend. After Ricciardo’s frustrating near miss at Monaco, I’ll peg him to finally bank his first win in two years now.
Surprise Finish: Fernando Alonso. Where horsepower doesn’t reign and where both McLaren Hondas scored points here last year, solid points finish could be on the cards for Alonso.
Most to Prove: Nico Rosberg. Austria contact, Britain radio transmission and general lack of form in comparison to Hamilton in recent weeks. Is at risk of losing the title lead for the first time this year and must fight back.
Additional Storyline: Rain? Possible storms on Sunday usually spices up this race, which on the whole has been more interesting in recent years compared to most of its history.
Predict the Podium
1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull