Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton ready to face Valtteri Bottas, new rivals

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Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ championship battle is set to ignite in Sunday’s Hungarian GP as the closely aligned Mercedes pair sit in first place, with the threat of rain looming.

The Hungaroring Course, which starts at 2:10 pm on Sky Sports F1, also sees Mercedes face new rivals in Lance Stroll of Racing Point and Sergio Perez, who ousted the usual competitors and the most fanciful of the world champions – Red Bull and Ferrari – to seal the third and fourth of the qualifications.

Hamilton admitted he took note of the pink cars, saying that “it was great to have a confusion” and that he “will fight them as hard as he can”, but above all, the Mercedes drivers are focused on each other. on the others. .

Hamilton and Bottas, described as “in a different world” by Sebastian Vettel with their huge one-lap advantage on Saturday, each won a race to start the season, with the Finn three points ahead, and insisted – after being separated by a tenth in the third trimester – that they stimulate each other.

“Either way, it’s intense,” said Hamilton, who is looking for an eighth victory on the Budapest circuit. “We operate at the absolute maximum of our capacities, we are really at the limit.

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Lewis Hamilton says qualifying is never easier, despite his 90th pole position in Hungary ahead of teammate Mercedes Valtteri Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton says qualifying is never easier, despite his 90th pole position in Hungary ahead of teammate Mercedes Valtteri Bottas.

“Yeah, we’ve got a fast car, but we’re lagging behind and we’re throwing this thing. We would like to believe that anyone else can do it, which is what we will continue to do. ” make. He is very close to each other. ”

The forecast calls for intermittent downpours for the third F1 2020 Grand Prix, and Bottas added: “Of course, with the rain, this can create opportunities for other teams. And there are always more risks when it rains.

“But I don’t care what it is.” I just need to find a way to win the race somehow. ”

The rain could make strategic calls a nightmare for teams while opening the field, with Vettel, Charles Leclerc and, surprisingly, Max Verstappen behind the Racing Points and in need of overtaking.

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Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok compare Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s qualifying laps at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Sky Davidson Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok compare the qualifying rounds of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Mercedes said they were shocked by the “big, big gap” of Red Bull, who were due to be in pole position this weekend but finished well over a second behind the pace of qualifying. Verstappen and Alex Albon (from the 13th) have work to do in a car that has been difficult to manage this weekend.

Other teammates to watch are the aforementioned Vettels and Leclercs, who faced off in the first round of last weekend’s race in Austria. Ferrari will desperately want its drivers to avoid repeating this.

Anyway, Racing Point has proven to be the team to beat if there was indeed a battle for that final podium behind the Mercedes duel.

Starting grid for the Hungarian GP, ​​Top-10
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
3. Lance Stroll, Racing Point
4. Sergio Perez, Racing Point
5. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
6. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
7. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
8. Lando Norris, McLaren
9. Carlos Sainz, McLaren
10. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

Sky F1 Hungarian GP calendar

8h35: F3 Race Two LIVE!
10h: F2 Race Two LIVE!
11h20: Porsche Supercup LIVE!
12:30 p.m .: Sunday Grand Prix LIVE!
2:10 p.m .: THE GRAND PRIX OF HUNGARY 2020 LIVE!
4 p.m .: Checkered flag LIVE!
5 p.m .: The LIVE notebook!

6.30 p.m .: Highlights of the Hungarian GP
8 p.m .: complete replay of the Hungarian GP

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