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Hungarian Grand Prix 2016: RealSport’s predictions

RealSport's F1 writers put in their predictions for Sunday's race.


Jarleth Eaton (6-4): Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull

Even though it is nigh on impossible to overtake at the Hungaroring, something about the place has brought out incredible racing over the last two years. Lewis Hamilton’s first win for Mercedes came in Budapest, and comes into the race the favourite yet again to win the race. It would be the fifth time the Englishman won in Hungary, and he would hold the championship lead for the first time in 2016. His teammate Nico Rosberg has traditionally struggled in Hungary, but I’m not going for any of the Mercedes drivers to win. Traditionally, the Red Bull has been strong around the Hungaroring, so I’m backing Daniel Ricciardo to finally convert a second place into a win in 2016.

Chris Goodman (4-6): Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

The momentum is definitely with Lewis Hamilton at the moment, having won 4 of the last 5 races.  With odds at 11/10 currently available on the Englishman I think it well worth a punt for him to make us a tidy sum.  The threat could either come from Rosberg or the Red Bulls who are closing the gap.  However this is one of Hamilton’s favourite tracks, so that’s where my fiver is going this weekend! 

Nick Brown (3-6): Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

After two back-to-back wins, it’s hard to see anyone other than Lewis Hamilton walking away with the winner’s trophy come Sunday afternoon. Hamilton has won four times around the Hungaroring, and was the scene of his first win for the Silver Arrows way back in 2013, so the British driver definitely has an affinity with this particular circuit. Despite this, Hamilton and Mercedes have yet to win in Hungary during the new V6 era of Formula one (the only track at which they haven’t won since they hit the front of the pack in 2014), but I expect Mercedes, and Hamilton to rectify this blip this weekend.

Chris Raftery (5-4): Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Another day, and one feels it will be another procession for Lewis Hamilton. Four times champion around the Hungaroring, four times a winner in the last five races, this should be a walk in the park for the reigning champion. So long as he can avoid a qualifying mistake, or an unfortunate engine failure before Sunday (he’s teetering on a grid penalty if he has to change again), then this one should be in the bag.

Toby Durant (3-7): Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull

Jonathan Homer (3-6): Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes


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