Hungarian Grand Prix Betting: A Happy Hunting Ground for Britain's F1 Racers


Formula One teams head to the Hungaroring for the second race on consecutive weekends knowing that the August summer break awaits them on the other side of it.

A quick glance at the list of recent Hungarian Grand Prix winners reveals it has been a happy hunting ground for British F1 talent in recent seasons, who have won six of the last eight races at the track:

2006: Jenson Button, BAR

2007: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren

2008: Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren

2009: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren

2010: Mark Webber, Red Bull

2011: Jenson Button, McLaren

2012: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren

2013: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Hamilton's victory in last year's race was his first for Mercedes, and one which vindicated the surprising announcement he made in 2012 that he was jumping ship to join the team from McLaren. Although any doubted it at the time, it has paid off handsomely since then, and Hamilton has a serious chance of taking a second world championship title this year.

A third consecutive Hungarian Grand Prix victory this weekend would set him on course to do just that - and it's exactly what he needs after more poor luck in Germany last week.

 

Mercedes miles ahead

The three-pointed star just can't stop piling up the wins and pole positions this year. Nico Rosberg's German Grand Prix victory was their ninth out of ten races so far, and barring a repeat of the double failure they experienced in Canada it's hard to see them being beaten again before the season is over.

That being so, and Hamilton's Hungary form being so strong, there are no great surprises in the odds this week. Hamilton is favourite for pole position - at 1.75 - and victory - 1.75 - with Rosberg on slightly longer odds - 2.10 and 2.10 respectively. 

However in the championship Rosberg's 14-point lead means he is the narrow favourite for the drivers' crown. With 500 points available to win (a maximum of 25 per race except the finale which controversially pays double this year) Rosberg is on 1.75 to emulate his father's 1982 title win, and Hamilton is on 1.95 to repeat his 2008 championship victory.

 

Choose Red Bull over Williams

But as we all know by now you have to look beyond the Mercedes drivers to get the most rewarding odds.

It's clear from the list of winners at the top that McLaren have great form here. They're also on something of an upward curve at the moment - a new rear wing introduced in Germany improved their performance, but a first-lap tangle for Kevin Magnussen and a strategic mis-step by Jenson Button's crew disguised the full extent of their gains in Sunday's race.

Williams are another team who've made obvious gains in recent races, with rising star Valtteri Bottas reeling off a trio of podium finishes – he is 2.40 to get a podium finish in Hungary. But aerodynamic efficiency and straight-line speed are their strengths, and those are not well-rewarded at the twisty Hungaroring.

The team to keep an eye on for that is Red Bull. Their win record at this track doesn't reflect the fact they have usually been among the front-runners here, and they should have one of their better weekends with the RB10 in Hungary. Look out for odds of 12.00 to have a driver in pole position, and with an outside chance of rain on Sunday, odds of 34.00 for Sebastian Vettel or Daniel Ricciardo to win may be worth a punt.

Keith Collantine is the editor of Formula One blog F1 Fanatic.

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