Hungarian GP on TV: Mercedes’ concerns


The dominance of Mercedes-Benz in training for the Hungarian Grand Prix pushes the thought: only a defect can prevent Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas from winning. And that’s not the only concern. Team principal Toto Wolff knows: His drivers can drive freely, and Bottas is determined to do what Nico Rosberg has done before in a Mercedes – to defeat Hamilton with the same weapons.

Bottas after the qualification: «If I want to remain World Cup leader, I have to keep winning races. And the basis for a victory in Hungary would be a great start. Then we have a fairly long way to the first corner – it will be a pure acceleration duel between Lewis and me, I have to do it ideally. »

When we listen to team boss Toto Wolff, we don’t get the impression that Mercedes will simply watch the two drivers get on, for example in the form of a different strategy. That was seen at Ferrari a year ago: Sebastian Vettel stayed out on the medium-hard Pirelli for a long time at the start of the race, changed late on the soft tires, and at the end of the Grand Prix he moved past his stable mate Charles Leclerc to 3rd place .

Toto Wolff on Saturday evening: “We will not make decisions that are negligent and that mean that we give points away. Only to see that Red Bull Racing strengthens in the second part of the season and we get into trouble. I’m not saying no to different strategies, but I’m not sure if I want to apply them to Hungaroring. We have to look at it with drivers and technicians in peace. Incidentally, we have already discussed this in Austria. »

If the Mercedes run without complaint, it should only be about 3rd for the opponents. A great duel awaits us here. Because the surprisingly strong Racing Point racers from Lance Stroll and Sergio Pérez in row 2 start on medium-hard tires, the two Ferrari behind them on soft rollers. If Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel want to move near the podium, they have to pass the Pink Panther as quickly as possible.

Whatever happens at the Hungaroring from 3.10 p.m .: The weather may not tip the scales after all. The latest weather model says that it still rains in the Budapest area in the morning, but that the rain stops after 1 p.m. It remains covered, the chance of rain to race is 25 percent.

Sunday July 19th

13.05: ORF 1 – 70 years of Formula 1
14.00: ORF 1 – F1-News
14.00: RTL – countdown to the race
14.00: Sky Sport 2 – preliminary reports on the race
14.35: ORF 1 – preliminary reports, followed by races
14.50: SRF2 – preliminary reports, followed by races
15.00: RTL – start reporting on the Hungarian GP
15.05: Sky Sport 2 – start reporting on the Hungarian GP
15.10: Race start
16.45: Sky Sport 2 – analyzes and interviews
16.45: RTL – award ceremony and highlights
17.00: ORF 1 – Analysis
17.15: Sky Sport 2 – press conference
6:00 p.m .: Sky Sport 2 – Hungarian GP repeat
22.00: Sky Sport 2 – Hungarian GP repeat


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