F1 Tips: 4 best bets for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix

Paddy's F1 expert Robert Bentley is back after backing Verstappen for the win last weekend.


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France saw Max Verstappen ease home to extend his lead at the top of the standings to 63 points after another unforced error from Charles Leclerc. Anything other than a win in Hungary this weekend for the young Monegasque driver will surely all but end his title hopes.


The Hungaroring houses one of the windiest tracks on the circuit. The short straights make overtaking extremely difficult, so qualifying is key.

Cast your mind back to the chaos and drama of last season. The first lap crash, Esteban Ocon securing the victory, Sebastian Vettel being disqualified after the race had finished, and who can forget Lewis Hamilton? The image of him restarting the race on his own whilst others pitted for tyres, before a masterclass saw him secure his spot on the Podium. Surely we can’t expect more of the same this weekend?

Charles Leclerc to qualify on pole

One thing is for sure I wouldn’t be too confident on backing Ocon to repeat his feat. I’m not sure it’s a given that Verstappen will continue his winning form either. The lack of straights could really play into the hands of Ferrari this weekend.

The Qualifying, Race double is definitely on for the team if they get their tactics right. With Charles Leclerc continuing his Saturday form he seems a banker for my first selection, to qualify on pole. It is quite short, but that is reflective of his dominance over qualifying this season.

Carlos Sainz to win

I think Carlos Sainz to win the Hungarian Grand Prix looks a good price. Despite starting from the back of the grid in France, he drove one of his most complete races to secure a P5 finish and with Leclerc proving prone to unforced errors, I’ll be backing his teammate this weekend.

Hamilton, Russell & Norris all top 6 finish

Looking at the Top 6 Finish market and the British drivers. Lewis Hamilton, George Russell & Lando Norris all Top 6 Finish looks a good bet. The double Podium from Mercedes last week was a feat which seemed very out of reach not too long ago, but as the upgrades have come so have the performances.

Both drivers have been able to pick up consistent Podiums, in fact you’d have to go back to Monaco to find the last time a Mercedes driver didn’t find themselves in the Top 3. Lewis and George will be looking to both finish in the Top 6 as a minimum this weekend.

Looking to join them will be Norris. McLaren had a good weekend in France and they will be looking to continue that form in Hungary. The upgrade introduced worked and Norris was able to split the Mercedes in qualifying. And whilst he wasn’t able to replicate his form on race day, the double points from McLaren was welcomed. With the track style resembling Monaco, Norris will be quietly confident of a good result here.  

Under 16.5 classified drivers

Whilst the weather won’t make driving conditions as treacherous as last season, the track will still be difficult to navigate, and the heat will wear the tyres quickly. When the track possesses as many tight corners as Hungary I like to look at the number of drivers classified market. We saw last season how one wrong move can have disastrous consequences. I’ll be going for under 16.5 classified drivers here.

Hungarian F1 Grand Prix Tips

Charles Leclerc Overall Qualification Winner
Carlos Sainz to win
Hamilton, Russell & Norris all top 6 finish
Under 16.5 classified drivers

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