After the crash at the French Grand Prix last Sunday, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will try to recover in the Formula 1 World Cup at this weekend’s stage in Hungary, the last before the mid-season break, to continue in the race. fight for the drivers’ championship crown.
Everything went wrong for Leclerc at the Le Castellet circuit: he was leading the race when he lost control of his Ferrari on lap 18 and hit the tire barrier, leaving the race open to his main rival, Dutchman Max Verstappen. , from Red Bull.
Verstappen won the race to extend his lead in the Monegasque Drivers’ Championship to 63 points.
At the Hungaroring circuit, which is more than 22 kilometers from Budapest, Leclerc will have the opportunity to adjust in qualifying before F1’s mid-year break.
This season, only Ferrari seems to be in a position to compete with Red Bull, although the team has had more than one problem finishing the race.
In the first 12 stages of the year, the Italian team collects the most people left in the race, a total of seven. Your margin of error decreases with each run.
“Things have become more difficult, but (the title) is not impossible,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto after the French GP.
“The most important thing is to see that we have the potential. There is nothing stopping us from winning the last ten races,” added Binotto.
But for that it will be important to avoid engine breakdowns and questionable strategic decisions. His drivers, Leclerc and Spaniard Carlos Sainz, must also minimize mistakes if they are to be real rivals to the powerful Verstappen and his Red Bull.
The Dutchman, the current world champion, seems focused and aware of his biggest obstacle towards the title: “In Budapest I think it will be more difficult for us. I think Ferrari will be very fast.
Red Bull leads the constructors’ championship ahead of Ferrari (396 points to 314). Mercedes (270) has been slowly closing in on the Italians, especially after Lewis Hamilton and George Russell took the podium at the French GP.
The German team has placed its drivers in the top three at the last four Grands Prix but is yet to win this season.
Hamilton, who holds the record for most wins at the Hungaroring (eight), discovered in France that Mercedes is still not on Red Bull’s level. If the team managed to put two of its drivers on the podium, it was because of Ferrari’s failure (Leclerc’s abandonment, Sainz’s penalty).
The Hungarian GP schedule follows the usual pattern: two free practice sessions on Friday and one on Saturday, before qualifying on the starting grid, and the race on Sunday.
– Schedule of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the 13th stage of the Formula 1 World Cup, at the Hungaroring circuit:
9am-10am: free practice 1
12pm-1pm: free practice 2
8am-9am: free practice 3
11am-12pm: Qualifying practice
10:00: start of the race (70 laps or two hours of racing)
. Drivers Championship Standings:
1. Max Verstappen (HOL/Red Bull) 233 pts
2. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 170
3. Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull) 163
4. Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari) 144
5. George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 143
6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 127
7. Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren) 70
8. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine) 56
9. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) 46
10. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine) 37
11. Kevin Magnussen (DIN/Haas) 22
12. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren) 19
13. Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri) 16
14. Sebastian Vettel (ALE/Aston Martin) 15
15. Mick Schumacher (ALE/Haas) 12
16. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri) 11
17. Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo) 5
18. Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin) 4
19. Alexander Albon (TAI/Williams) 3
20. Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams) 0
21. Nico Hülkenberg (ALE/Aston Martin) 0
. Builders Championship Standings:
1. Red Bull 396 pts
2. Ferrari 314
3. Mercedes 270
4. Alpine 93
5. McLaren 89
6. Alfa Romeo 51
7. Exactly 34
8. Alpha Tauri 27
9. Aston Martin 19
10. Williams 3
Obs.: Sebastian Vettel (ALE), expecting Covid-19, was left out of the first two Grands Prix, replaced by Nico Hülkenberg (ALE)