Formula 1 Racing Odds: Hungarian Grand Prix 7/28/17

Kelvin Reese
July 30, 2017

It was the British driver's first competitive run in an F1 auto since the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2013 when he was racing for Force India.

Ferrari had a awful weekend in Silverstone last time around after both their drivers suffered tyre punctures late in the race.

With just one point between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, today's qualifying will be hotly contested with both drivers wanting to put their cars on pole.

I expect Red Bull Renault to be very strong in Hungary, as their slight power disadvantage will be countered by, perhaps, the best handling of Formula One cars.

"I enjoy coming to Budapest as well, a lovely city, and the track is spectacular". But right now I love being here and the people I work for and work with.

Vettel's time of 1:16.276 was closely challenged by Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who produced a stunning late lap to complete a front-row lock-out for the Italian marque.

"In Monte Carlo, we had much more severe problems". "I felt quite good in the auto from Q1 onwards and we did the laps we had to do".

"Because I'm at the tail of that pack I need to force my way through, so if I am going to move forward it will take some nice moves".

"I looked up and didn't know who was behind me", he continued. "If we can get track position we can help ourselves". But Vettel said that there hadn't been any great overnight revelations. His contract is up next year and when asked about his future he reiterated his admiration for Williams but added: "There is no other team, apart from Ferrari, that would be interesting".

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"We had to guess a bit". I was not quite happy with the balance of the vehicle and I was especially struggling with the rear end.

"To be able to replicate our performance morning and afternoon is good and it shows we are doing well". That's what matters. Really step by step, we're now very happy with where we are as a team.

The Monaco win, nearly two months ago, was their last.

"Also thanks for the support and people believing in us".

Red Bull will also be keen to get into the mix.

"Throughout qualifying we improved and I think we would have been in the fight for pole position", said Wolff.

He is the only driver to have won there from pole since Michael Schumacher with Ferrari in 2004, and the Briton has the best record of any current driver at the Hungaroring with five victories. He will now be looking to convert pole to a win and extend the slender one-point lead he has over Hamilton in the world championship.

"To be honest, numbers - I was decent I would say at maths in school, but it's way too early", he insisted.

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