Hungarian GP 2020 – F1 Odds & Picks
After a doubleheader race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Formula 1 will travel to Budapest, Hungary for the third race of the 2020 season. The F1 Hungarian GP is slated to take place on July 17-19, starting with three practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, followed by a qualification run later that day and the main event on Sunday at 3:10 pm CEST. Let’s take a closer look at some of the favorites to take the checkered flag so you can set down your bets against their Formula 1 odds.
Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix 2020
If there is one thing to take away from the opening two races of the season, it’s that Mercedes are arguably a class above the other, seeing how Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton both won one race apiece.
Trailing behind Mercedes are Red Bull, who are currently the closest challenger for the German constructors. Having said that, Red Bull will have to dig a bit deeper and push for a win to close the gap and do so quickly, before the 2020 season turns into a one-horse race.
Ferrari, as the final member of the “Big Three” have dropped down below both McLaren and Racing Point, however, that is not to say Ferrari doesn’t stand a chance to compete with Red Bull and Mercedes. Their Scuderia’s fast-tracked upgrade package holds a lot of promise but has yet to be completed after the unfortunate contact between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel last weekend, which effectively led to both Ferrari drivers retiring from the race. So as long as Ferrari can avoid another disaster next weekend, we can expect a bit more from the Prancing Horses.
Looking forward to the Hungarian Grand Prix, all the eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton, who dominated at the Styrian Grand Prix, which he finished 13.719s ahead of his teammate Bottas and well over 33s ahead of Max Verstappen. Not only is Hamilton traveling to Hungaroring in great form, but it’s also hard to ignore his phenomenal record in Hungary, where he has been victorious seven times already and is surely looking to make it a record-breaking eight times this weekend.
Max Verstappen is entering this race with very generous odds, which seems fair, considering he will have to overtake both Bottas and Hamilton to win. While that won’t be an easy task, we can’t ignore how well he drove last weekend when he claimed bronze. What’s more, in five races in Hungary, Verstappen never finished below fifth – besides in 2018, when he had to retire – and even managed a second-place finish last year, when he set up the fastest lap in the history of the race.
Last but not least, we have to talk about Lando Norris, who shocked the F1 world with his third-place finish in the opening race of the season, to which he added a fifth-place finish last weekend. The young Brit has proven anything is possible, especially if you can drive as well as he does.
Despite all the talent that will travel to Hungary, Hamilton is still the man to beat. From what we have seen in Austria, only Bottas or Verstappen could challenge the Brit, whereas the remaining drivers failed to show anything to make us believe they can claim the checkered flag. We will also keep our eyes on Norris and while it’s hard to imagine he will manage a podium finish, a top-six should be well within his reach.
- Prediction: Lewis Hamilton to win
- Prediction: Lando Norris top 6 finish