Hungaroring Speed Trap: Who is the fastest of them all?

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Hungaroring Speed Trap: Who is the fastest of them all?

Balance supersedes top speed when it comes to the Hungaroring and its notoriously twisty layout, but good velocity down the main straight is still a handy asset.

Top speed will help set up an overtaking opportunity at Budapest's Turn 1, the only corner on the 15-turn, 4.381km track where a driver stands a reasonable chance of passing a rival.

But with so much more time to gain overall around the track's twisty section, especially in qualifying as grid position is paramount, aero configuration and set-up work is focused first and foremost on a car's handling.

In qualifying, poleman Lewis Hamilton was just 1.5 km/h faster than Max Verstappen's Red Bull down the main straight, which, added to the Mercedes W12's slightly superior balance, delivered a 0.421s edge for the Briton over Verstappen in Saturday's top ten shootout.

But to thicken the plot, Mercedes and Red Bull have opted for different tyre strategies for Sunday's race, with the Brackley squad targeting on paper a one-stop race by launching its drivers on the medium tyre while the bulls will blast off the grid with the soft compound bolted on to their RB16Bs.

Unless Verstappen's succeeds in out-dragging his Mercedes rivals down to the first corner at the start and upholding his lead, the Dutchman could be hard-pressed to beat Hamilton to the checkered flag this afternoon.

But then again, there's the 'Max' factor...

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Leclerc, Norris pile on the criticism of Bottas

Valtteri Bottas was predictably taken aim at by several of his colleagues following the Finn's first corner blunder... The post Leclerc, Norris pile on the criticism of Bottas appeared first on F1i.com.

Leclerc, Norris pile on the criticism of Bottas

Valtteri Bottas was predictably taken aim at by several of his colleagues following the Finn's first corner blunder at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver suffered a slow start from the front row and then overcooked it while braking into the first corner, hitting the McLaren of Lando Norris who then ran into Max Verstappen.

Bottas than rammed the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez, but the mayhem continued with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc harpooned by Aston Martin's Lance Stroll.

After the race was red flagged, Leclerc took to Twitter to vent his frustration. "Nice bowling game. So frustrating" wrote the Monegasque.

With Bottas, Perez, Leclerc and Stroll out on the spot, Norris was initially able to return to the pits but only for his McLaren crew to assess the damage and retire the MCL35M.

"Not much to say," Norris told Sky F1. "Just annoyed I guess.

"Lap 1, I don’t know why that has to happen, why risk doing those kind of stupid things. But nothing I can do though. Not a lot to stay."

Asked whether Bottas deserved a penalty, Norris said that he hopes the stewards would use "common sense" and sanction the Finn, especially considering that the Briton had been previously penalized for "not even doing anything wrong on other tracks".

As for Perez, the Mexican who had enjoyed a good launch off the grid called the Turn 1 pile-up "unbelievable".

“It's such a shame, I was already up to third place," Perez said.

"I outbraked the McLaren and thought I was well ahead, and unfortunately Bottas did a big mistake and just ruined our race.

"I don't know what else to say. It was all over. The engine is damaged. He went all the way into the radiator."

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