The 2022 Formula 1 season continues in a hectic month of July where the Great Circus has visited Silverstone, Red Bull Ring and Paul Ricard. Complete the quartet of events within the month of the Hungarian GP, a date that also ends the first half of the season, understanding this equator not through events played, but through the layout of the calendar. In the end, the round took place on the track in Budapest gives way to the three-week summer break.
A Hungarian GP with Lewis Hamilton as the most successful driver, as the Briton has had as many as eight victories on Magyar land. He celebrated his last victory in 2020 and thus also achieved the fifth victory for Mercedes in Budapest. Nevertheless, the current winner of this test is Esteban Ocon after a memorable race in which Fernando Alonso gave his teammate a good cape. For now, it’s the Frenchman’s only triumph in the premier class, underscoring the magnitude of this achievement.
Ferrari’s necessary offensive
Looking back on this season and after Charles Leclerc’s accident at Paul Ricard, everything has become very expensive for Red Bull. For this reason, Ferrari must launch a huge offensive in Hungary and go into the summer break with better feelings. Finally, Leclerc is 63 points behind Max Verstappen in the standings and Carlos Sainz is still behind Sergio Pérez as, among other things, his great career in France has not had the spoils it deserves.
In this sense, The Hungaroring was intended to be a favorable circuit for Ferrari’s interests, although the theoretical advantage his car has shown at some stages of the season has been diluted by Red Bull’s push. If we add to this fact that The races in Budapest are quite unpredictablethe truth is that Ferrari risks starring in an offensive that can go nowhere or even turn against him. In this duel between Charles and Max and between Ferrari and Red Bull, the Mercedes drivers are on the prowl.
Special stage for Alonso
The Hungaroring is also something very special for Fernando Alonso. With the hangover of his 41st birthday, the Asturian pilot lands on his trajectory in a magical setting. In 2003, at the wheel of the Renault R23B, the Spaniard scored the first of his 32 victories in Formula 1. He never managed to win the Hungarian Grand Prix again, but on the way there He has left memorable performances like the one that came together in the rain in 2006 or in 2021 to almost give victory to his teammate Esteban Ocon.
Recent display of Alonso’s talent in enviable form and who is excitedly looking forward to this Grand Prix, which will also see the farewell to one of his major competitors begin. Sebastian Vettel has announced his retirement at the end of the season, so the German pilot starts the countdown to hang up his helmet. Total crossing of emotions that also become tangible in a free training session that we will share with you live.