Roy The Boy previews the Hungarian Grand Prix and believes Fernando Alonso is a solid bet for a podium finish.
Now, with Valtteri Bottas landing us a 5/2 winner last weekend and taking his third podium finish in as many Grand Prix, you probably think I’d be all over him for this weekend’s race in Hungary. Wrong!
It is very unlikely his William’s car will enjoy this circuit which is notoriously difficult to overtake at and not conducive to the long straights and high speeds that it likes.
The Hungaroring’s longest flat-out section is only 750 metres; it’s a very short circuit (4.3km) and requires very high downforce levels. It is like Monaco without the yachts.
These conditions are normally favourable for the Red Bull cars but the recent banning of a front/rear inter-connected suspension system is thought to have adversely affected them more than any other team on the grid.
Additionally, in recent seasons, the Red Bull car appeared to be custom made for the demands of this Hungarian circuit but, for some reason, it has never really performed around here.
With the Mercedes unopposable – I strongly fancy Hamilton over Rosberg this weekend considering his four previous wins here – and question marks over the Red Bull and Williams’ teams there could be a podium position waiting for Fernando Alonso.
He is a brilliant driver who has finished every race this season, nine times in the top-six. His car enjoyed Monaco and he will enjoy proving difficult to pass on this outdated ‘kip’ of a track. To underline its nature: 2012’s Hungarian GP featured no on-track overtaking beyond lap 1!
It’s very possible that the elements will lend a helping hand. Temperatures are normally very high, which has a habit of making cars unreliable. Brake and gearboxes are severely tested here and if anything prevents a Mercedes 1-2 it will surely be one of these factors. They have already contributed to Mercedes DNF’s this season.