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Charles Leclerc went to the French Grand Prix in full confidence after his return to winning ways in Austria but it turned out to be another dismal weekend for the Monegasque driver as he crashed out, leaving World Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen to coast to his seventh win of the season.
Now, the Formula 1 entourage heads to Hungary for the final race before the summer break with the reigning champion 63 points clear in the standings.
F1 expert Alex Wrigley landed four of his five French Grand Prix tips last weekend for over five units of profit in total, and now he looks for a fourth successive profitable Grand Prix in July.
Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying predictions
Charles Leclerc to be fastest qualifier at 4/5
Charles Leclerc has taken pole position seven times in 12 races this season and, after returning to the front of the grid in France last weekend, I can see him doing so again in Hungary.
The Hungaroring is a downforce limited track and the Ferrari has shown it has a clear advantage in that department this year, especially over a single lap.
A Ferrari has been on the front row in 11 of the 12 Grands Prix this year and Leclerc has only qualified lower than second twice.
He might be lacking in race pace and reliability, but Leclerc is one of, if not the, best qualifier on the grid right now and backing him to take pole on a circuit that suits his car looks an excellent choice.
Hungarian Grand Prix race predictions
Max Verstappen to win at 13/8
Charles Leclerc is favourite to take the win again but it is hard to back against somebody as consistently brilliant as Max Verstappen, especially with Ferrari’s inconsistencies.
Verstappen made the most of yet another Ferrari mistake – this time from Leclerc himself – last weekend as he coasted to the chequered flag at Paul Ricard to make it seven wins from 12 races this season.
Between strategy errors, reliability issues and the odd driver mistake it is very difficult to be confident in Ferrari at the moment, and it is also worth noting that fewer than half of the 30 Hungarian Grands Prix have been won from pole.
They have seven retirements between them this season and strategy errors have cost Leclerc two potential race wins in Monaco and Britain, so backing the faultless Red Bull and Verstappen is the way to go in Hungary.
Hamilton to finish on the podium at 6/4
Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth successive podium in France last weekend and the resurgent Brit has a fantastic record in Hungary.
He has won the Hungarian Grand Prix a record eight times, including three of the last four, and the Hungaroring also happens to be a track that should suit this year’s Mercedes.
The Mercedes has struggled with power-limited tracks due to the severe porpoising effect but the Hungaroring is much more downforce-focused. Just 44% of the lap is taken at full throttle and 12 of the 14 corners are taken at a relatively low speed.
Hamilton’s main rivals for the podium will be Ferrari, Red Bull, and George Russell. Ferrari have seen four retirements across the last five races and Sergio Perez seems to be going backwards as car development shifts to suit Verstappen, while Hamilton has finished ahead of Russell in each of the last four Grands Prix.
Add that to a 20% chance of rain on Sunday – conditions in which Hamilton excels in – and another top-three finish for the seven-time world champion looks a good bet.
Both cars points finish – Alpine at 11/10
Alpine are making their claim for title of best of the rest at the moment and another double points finish could be on the cards for the French team.
Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso, after their eighth and sixth place finishes last weekend, have secured 17 points finishes from a possible 24 this season and five of their failures to do so came in the opening five races.
In the seven races since then they have enjoyed double points-scoring finishes five times and they had both cars in the top ten in Free Practice 1.
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