Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix will be the last before the sports takes its traditional summer holiday. A race renowned for being the first to be staged behind the Iron Curtain, the track has changed little in 35 years.
Resultantly, the track is dated and not one conducive to competitive 2022 action. If there is no safety car used during the latter part of Sunday’s race, up to half of the field can be expected to be lapped at some point.
The Ferrari team looks to have a car best suited to the circuit, but their reliability and strategy are under the spotlight. Furthermore, by his own admission, Charles Leclerc is making decisive mistakes.
The Monegasque driver is just 6/4 to win Sunday’s race but it is of no value even on a sunny day in an incident-free race. The latest weather forecast suggests the sun will not be shining. Rain is forecast throughout Saturday’s qualifying session and during the opening laps of Sunday’s race.
Incidents are more probable than possible. That is underlined by odds of 2/5 about the use of a safety car and 4/9 a virtual safety car will be called into play.
Lando Norris Can Claim a Top-6
Looking for a big-priced selection is probably the best policy this weekend. OK, 6/4 about Lando Norris finishing in the top-six may not be a huge price but it is a fair bet.
The young Brit has a knack of keeping his car on track – he has only suffered one retirement this season – and his McLaren should like this ‘high-downforce’ circuit.
Lance Stroll Can Get in the Points
Elsewhere, bet365 are offering 11/4 about Lance Stroll finishing in the points – AKA a top-10 finish. That’s very attractive given the Canadian has breached the top 10 in four of the 12 races that have taken place this year.
He may have his drive in the sport thanks to his wealthy father, but Stroll does do a good job of keeping his Aston Martin on the track and he must be praised for finishing every race this year.
Should the predicted rain and carnage arrive, he is one driver capable of avoiding it and Stroll could easily defy his odds. As a confidence booster, consider the 23-year-old finished an excellent fourth in this race in 2020.
Back Bottas for Another Top-6 Finish
This week both the “points finish” (top 10) and the “top-6” markets are also of interest with Valtteri Bottas. With six top-10 results in his first seven races, the Finn has enjoyed a strong start to the season.
Despite the fact that he has since seemed to lose steam, there are valid reasons for his recent poor performances. The Alfa Romeo driver has finished in the top 10 seven times out of 12 races, so odds of 11/10 offered for a top-10 finish looks an acceptable price.
The 10/1 on finishing in the top-6 is an even stronger bet after three top-six and two seventh-place results.
Recommended F1 Hungary Bets
- Lando Norris to finish in the top-6 - 6/4 BetVictor
- Lance Stroll to finish in the points - 11/4 bet365
- Valtteri Bottas to finish in the top-6 - 10/1 bet365
- Valtteri Bottas to finish in the points - 11/10 bet365
* F1 odds correct at the time of writing. Subject to changes.
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