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Who Can Stop Hamilton in Hungary?

Lewis Hamilton heads into the Hungarian Grand Prix trailing Nico Rosberg by only a single point as the Formula 1 Championship reaches the half way mark.

The defending champ is on a roll and it’s going to be extremely hard to keep him from bringing home the silverware at the end of the season. On the other side of the garage, Rosberg needs to bounce back this weekend and only a victory could slow his teammate’s current sublime form.

The upside for the German is that he has confirmed that he will partner Hamilton at Mercedes until the end of 2018. This will surely take a weight off his shoulders and perhaps it’s just the motivation he needs to conquer his rival and teammate. Hamilton on the other hand looks unstoppable and only his own mistakes have slowed him down. No one is getting near to the sure speed that the Brit is extracting from his Silver Arrow.

Ferrari are on the back foot at the moment and are in serious need of some podium finishes. After all indications at the beginning of the season that Ferrari would be the team to take the fight to Mercedes, it’s been Red Bull who have been finishing the best of the rest behind the Mercedes duo.

The flying Bulls have also been mixing it up with the leaders which has been great to watch and Max Verstappen continues to leave us breathless with some amazing driving in his wheel to wheel battles. Ferrari will need to step things up very quickly because Red Bull are now only 6 points behind the Scuderia in the fight for second place in constructors championship and are only getting faster as the season progresses.

All the “big teams” have confirmed their driver line-up for 2017. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have retained their drivers from this year for next season. The seats that have been attracting the most attention is who will partner Fernando Alonso at McLaren if Jenson Button gets the boot and who will replace Felipe Massa at Williams if he is not offered another contract at Sir Frank’s team.

The track has been resurfaced at the Hungaroring while an electronic detection system will be used in turns 4 and 11 in a bid to stop drivers exceeding track limits like we saw in Austria and at Silverstone. The FIA have confirmed a change in the radio rules after Rosberg got told how to fix a problem he had with his car and after the race only received a 10-second penalty. Teams have been enforced to pull drivers into the pits or retire the car if they inform them of a potential failure.

My picks from last week weren’t great but 2 out of 3 on the podium wasn’t bad, although Verstappen got bumped up into 2nd place after Rosberg’s radio penalty. Look out for a battle between Mercedes and Red Bull this weekend in Hungary.

  1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Nico Rosberg 3. Max Verstappen

Enjoy the race and if you’re taking a bet, the best of luck to you. You can also catch me on Twitter @ChrisFletch46 for questions, comments and all sorts of banter.

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