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Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying and Race Preview: July 29

By Michael Spiegel

After yet another win for Max Verstappen in France this past weekend, marking his 7th on the season; Formula 1 heads to the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Mercedes fans were absolutely thrilled with the result last weekend at Paul Ricard. A double podium finish for the Mercedes drivers pushed them to within 50 points of Ferrari in the Constructors. Mercedes is definitely not out of this title fight yet. However, Hungary poses new problems for them. Known for being “Monaco without walls,” the Hungaroring is one of the slowest tracks on the F1 calendar. Russell managed to finish P5 in Monaco earlier this season, whereas Lewis only finished P8. He was very disappointed with his drive at that time; however, he seems to have picked up his pace since then. Russell has been phenomenal for Mercedes this season, finishing in the top 5 of every race that he has completed. He has been known as ‘Mr. Consistency’ for the Mercedes team this season and is one of the reasons that they are still in the Constructors conversation. The Mercedes duo is something to keep an eye on this weekend as they attempt to continue to make up ground in the championship fight.

Ferrari and Red Bull are going to be interesting to watch this weekend. While Ferrari has the edge in cornering, and Red Bull has the advantage with top straight-line speed, the Red Bull was still quicker in Monaco earlier this season. This weekend has huge implications for both teams. On the one hand, with a dominant performance by Red Bull this weekend, they can put this championship out of reach, whereas if the Ferrari can come out on top, then they are right back in this fight. I have a good feeling about Ferrari for this weekend but only time will tell.

My Picks:

Charles Leclerc – Fastest Qualifier -125 (PointsBet): While I don’t think Charles will win this weekend, I do think he will start on pole. He has been so quick this year and I feel another pole position coming his way this weekend. Most sportsbooks have him featured at -150 favourites to qualify fastest; at PointsBet you can get him at -125.

George Russell – Podium Finish +250 (bet365): George Russell is all but guaranteed to finish in the top 5, however, sportsbooks know this and value him at around -450 to finish in the top 6 in any given race. I’m taking a bit of a gamble and betting that he will get another podium finish this weekend. At +250, that’s some pretty good value. Most sportsbooks have him at less than +200.

Carlos Sainz – Race Winner +740 (Sports Interaction): I have a good feeling about Sainz this weekend. With already one race win under his belt this season, I think he’ll get his second one here. He has been very quick in the Ferrari this year and already has a few podium finishes. Most sportsbooks have him to win at around +600, but at Sports Interaction you can get him at +740, which I think is excellent value for someone driving arguably the fastest car on track this weekend.

Grid Position of Winner – 3rd or 4th +550 (bet365): Since I don’t think Verstappen or Leclerc will win this weekend, I’m betting on someone winning from the second row. At +550 that’s pretty good value if you think that the first row isn’t going to win. Could be a fun little side-bet.

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