28th July 2012
Formula One Betting: Looks plain sailing for Hamilton and McLaren in Hungarian GP
Hungarian Grand Prix
Race eleven of the Formula One Championship at the Hungaroring Circuit in Budapest will see Lewis Hamilton start on pole position after a very impressive performance during qualifying on Saturday. The McLaren driver never looked under any threat and is the Even money favourite to win the 70 lap race with bookmakers BetVictor.
The McLaren team have a superb record here winning four out of the five Grand Prix in Hungary and it will take a super human effort by either main rivals Sebastian Vettel or Fernando Alonso to get past the Englishman on this showing. We have a summer break after this race and it will be a perfect tonic for McLaren after some recent disappointments and will get them back into the battle for the constructor’s title.
Qualifying was completed in dry conditions which was a nice change from Friday’s practice and last weeks dramatic scenes at Hockenheim, we had no real shocks in first round of laps although Vettel and Webber only just scraped through and it was Daniel Ricciardo who was unlucky driver to exit along with the usual suspects.
In Q2 Hamilton showed his dominance early on and was much quicker than his nearest rival Vettel, the Red Bull’s team mate Mark Webbber had a shocker and was a surprise absentee from the top ten and he will start in eleventh. Both Mercedes went out in the second session also to continue their poor weekend so far and will find it very difficult from that far back on the grid.
Q3 was pretty boring as top ten shoot outs go, once again Hamilton went out early and set a quick time and at one time it looked like only half of them were actually interested in going out to set a time but eventually the Williams and Ferrari teams decided to play their hand but was never going to trouble the leaders. Vettel had one last go but went into second only for Roman Grosjean to show a glimpse of his talent to nudge him off the front row. Button and Riakkonen couldn’t make any impression either and it was left to Hamilton to put in the quickest lap of the day and extend his lead and take the 150th pole position in McLaren’s history.
It’s really hard to see beyond Hamilton, it’s a tricky place to overtake at the best of times and with the McLaren so far ahead in all sectors he surely just has to get away cleanly and stay trouble free for a win this weekend. The rule changes seem to have affected Red Bull and Alonso will just want to defend his lead in the championship. Grosjean has to get his brain into gear over the first few laps to have any chance of fending off those behind him and by that stage Hamilton should be long gone down the road.
With McLaren in top form and Jensen Button driving so well last week he looks the value to get on the podium at around the 7/4 mark while the consistent Sergio Perez looks a fair bet at odds against to get into the points.
4pts Lewis Hamilton Evens Totesport
2pts Jensen Button Podium Finish 7/4 Ladbrokes
2pts Sergio Perez Points Finish 11/10 Betfred
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Author: Pitstop Pete