2020 F1 preview: Hungarian Grand Prix

Round three of the 2020 Formula One takes place at Hungaroring in Mogyoród, Hungary.

Mercedes were dominant in the first two rounds of the season as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, respectively, went wire-to-wire in their wins at Red Bull Ring. As expected, these two will start one and two on Sunday as Hamilton nabbed his 90th pole on Saturday. Hamilton is the all-time winner at Hungaroring with seven victories. He also has an F1-best average finish of 3.8.

Racing Point had a great qualifying run on Saturday as Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez landed in the third and fourth spots respectively. This is only the second time in Stroll’s career where he will roll off inside the top five on the starting grid (Monza, 2017). Stroll has a solid chance to score points for the first time at Hungaroring.

Perez has a pair of sixth-place finishes to start 2020. With his fourth place position on the starting grid being his best on the year, the 10-year veteran will be in contention for his ninth career podium finish.

Ferrari needs a solid outing Sunday after a disastrous second round. Sebastian Vettel starts fifth, while Charles Leclerc starts sixth. Vettel is a two-time winner at Hungaroring and has finished on the podium at the last three races on the course. Leclerc finished fourth in last year’s race at Hungaroring and is looking to return to the podium in 2020 after retiring early last Sunday.

It was a disastrous qualifying session for Red Bull Racing. Max Verstappen landed in the seventh position, while Alexander Albon fell to a measly 13th. The last time Verstappen started seventh at Hungaroring, he lost power on lap five. He finished second in 2019 but will have to work hard to get back to the podium on Sunday.

In 2019, Albon was able to score points from a 12th starting position, but 13th will be a tough task with the lack of straights and only two DRS zones at the course.

George Russell had another good qualifying run with Williams Racing as he landed in the 12th spot on the starting grid. He is still seeking his first points in F1.

Alfa Romeo will bring up the rear of the field as Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen will start 19th and 20th respectively.

Weather could likely play a factor on Sunday as there is a 30% or higher chance of rain throughout the day.

For those in the United States, TV coverage will begin at 9:05 a.m. EST on ESPN.

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