Hungarian GP: Mercedes face stiff challenge from Red Bull
21 July 2016,
New Delhi: The back-to-back world champions Mercedes are once again leading the standings in 2016 but under increasing pressure from Red Bull and McLaren. Both are well placed to challenge Mercedes at the technical Hungaroring this weekend.
Mercedes have already said they regard Red Bull as a “major threat” in Hungary, as it shows every sign of being able to take them on.
The track for the Hungary GP has been resurfaced since last year which could be the deciding factor for the positions at the end of the race. The Hungarorian used to have a slippery, dusty track with a unique, abrasive, low-grip asphalt. But the new surface is the very high bitumen, dark-surfaced asphalt similar to what is used in Austria and Brazil.
The previous track was very similar to Monaco’s- relatively low speed, lots of corners, very few straights which would have suited the Red Bull team. But with the resurfacing, the chances of Red Bull defeating Mercedes have become bleaker even though they are the only team other than Mercedes to have won this year.
This is one face-off that is to happen on July 24. The other is to be fought between four-time Hungarorian champ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who leads his teammate by a single point.
World champion Lewis Hamilton is driven to erase the memories of failing to win in Hungary in each of the last two years and has that fire inside him as he targets a third consecutive victory which would move him ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.