With F1 racers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg separated by just 14 points at the top of the F1 Standings, it makes this weekend’s 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, at the Hungaroring, all that more important and exciting. This race has been a stronghold for Lewis Hamilton. The Briton is the joint most successful driver at the track, having won it four times in seven attempts. Only Michael Schumacher has won as often at the Hungaroring. As a result, Lewis Hamilton goes into this race weekend as the favorite despite losing out to Nico Rosberg at Hockenheim last week. This weekend, the forecast suggests that heavy rain and thunderstorms could grace the Hungaroring. Expect a crazy race to turn everything on its head and leave us a lot to mull over ahead of the, summer break, and the final stretch. Below is a preview of the top favorites along with the most up-to-date 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix Odds.
Lewis Hamilton (2/3) is the hallmark of a legendary driver in Formula 1 and he has the ability to create an association with a circuit by winning there, making it their own. For Lewis Hamilton, it is the Hungaroring. Four wins in seven years, and even when the McLaren was a pig of a car back in 2009, he dragged it to victory. Last year, he claimed his first win for Mercedes at the track, calling it a “miracle”. Hamilton should move clear of Schumacher and claim a fifth win in Hungary on Sunday.
Nico Rosberg (3/2) is on a high after his success on home soil in Germany on Sunday. But, if previous results are anything to go by, Rosberg would not seem to have much of a chance to hold off Hamilton. Rosberg’s last three placings at the winding, slow Hungaroring circuit have been going from bad to worse — ninth, 10th and 19th. Hamilton, meanwhile, won in 2012 and 2013 and was fourth in 2011. He also took the top spot on the podium in Hungary in 2007 and 2009.
Felipe Massa (16/1) again misses out at the German Grand Prix. He qualified well but was out of the race at the first corner. Realistically, a podium might be pretty tough at the Hungaroring. Massa has a best result of fourth, achieved in 2010. Last year he had a great duel with the Lotus of Romain Grosjean en route to eighth place. Massa has scored just 12 points in the last three races, so he really needs to start finishing races again.
Valtteri Bottas (20/1) drove yet another flawless race to record his third podium in a row. He qualified on the front row for the second time in his career, and despite a slightly difficult start he managed to hold the place into Turn 1. His Williams never had the pace to live with Nico Rosberg up ahead, and Bottas settled in to a comfortable second. Bottas is looking more and more like a champion of the future, and no one has done a better job in the last three grands prix.
Hungary Grand Prix – Race Winner
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 2/3
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 3/2
Felipe Massa (Williams) 16/1
Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 20/1
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 33/1
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 33/1
Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 50/1
Jenson Button (McLaren) 125/1
Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) 150/1
Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 200/1
2014 Hungarian Grand Prix
When: Sunday July 27@8:00 PM ET
Pick: Hamilton 2/3
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