Formula One Betting: 8 Reasons Why A Red Bull Will Win The Hungarian Grand Prix


Mercedes are the favourites to win the Hungarian Grand Prix. But while you might be able to get Lewis Hamilton at 2.10 to win and Nico Rosberg at 3.25, the really interesting drivers this weekend are the Red Bull pair.

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are both 6.00 to win this weekend, which is better odds than we've seen for any of Mercedes' rivals for a long time. Here's why Red Bull are being tipped so strongly for victory.

 

They're already on par with Ferrari

"Red Bull is not in front of us," insisted Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene before the previous round. He was right at the time, but for the second Sunday in a row Red Bull out-scored their rivals. The gap between them is down to just six points, and it's looking ever more likely Arrivabene will have to revise his point of view.

 

This is not a power track

The Hungaroring only has one significant straight and it measures a modest 908 metres. Therefore engine performance has a fairly minor bearing on lap time. Red Bull's TAG Heuer-branded Renault engine, which is not a match for Mercedes', will therefore be less of a disadvantage for them.

 

This is a chassis track

Turns four to 11 compromise an almost continuous sequence of bends through which the superbly balanced RB12 is expected to be at an advantage.

 

Red Bull flew in Monaco

The last time F1 went to a track as slow and twisty as the Hungaroring Ricciardo put his car on pole position. He was on course to win until his team brought him into the pits without having the correct tyres ready for him.

 

Ricciardo has won here before...

Two years ago Ricciardo took advantage of problems for the Mercedes drivers to claim his second career victory.

 

...and Mercedes haven't won in the V6 era

Last year Sebastian Vettel took advantage of poor performances by both Mercedes drivers and romped home first.

 

It's going to be hot

While Britain swelters in a heatwave, the temperature in Hungary is expected to be much the same. Mercedes haven't been able to make their tyres last as well in warm conditions this year, and the new surface at the Hungaroring may exacerbate their problems if it heats up as quickly as Austria's did.

 

Red Bull's driver line-up is formidable

In my estimation McLaren have the strongest driver line-up in F1 right now in world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. But they're saddled with an uncompetitive car, while Red Bull have produced an excellent chassis for two of F1's top upcoming drivers.

Max Verstappen has stunned since his promotion to the team and put one over Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on his way to second at Silverstone. Ricciardo is also a proven race-winner and his starving for success after a series of frustrating fourth-place finishes so far this year.

 

Keith Collantine is the editor of Formula One blog F1 Fanatic