Can Lewis Hamilton become Hungary GP's most successful driver and claim title lead?
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It seems hard to believe, but this year is the 30th anniversary of the first Hungarian Grand Prix.
When the race first appeared on the calendar in 1986, the world was a very different place. For a start, Hungary was a communist country under the control of the Soviet Union. It was, in fact, the first grand prix ever to be held behind the 'Iron Curtain'.
Now, Hungary is within the orbit of the west as a member of the European Union. But while the political background to the event has changed, it has held on to its uniqueness.
The Hungaroring was built on a dusty piece of land 12 miles or so outside - but in many ways a million miles away from - the boulevards, cobblestones and historic squares of central Budapest.
And yet on this unpromising natural amphitheatre, the Hungarians built a special grand prix track, with unprepossessing looks but a unique challenge.
"Like a street circuit without the houses," Martin Brundle famously remarked on F1's first appearance there; a reference to the track's tight and twisty nature. In reality, it is more like a go-kart track writ large.
Corner tumbles after corner as the track plunges and rises around its bowl of hills, the drivers subjected to a relentless cascade of curves.
The long, downhill hairpins of Turns One and Two, followed by a downhill kink at Three, then the very fast uphill sweep at Four into another long, long hairpin.
After the chicane that follows, the mid-section of the lap is a blast - left, right, left, right in a series of medium-fast sweepers that test a driver's skills and his car's aerodynamics and balance to the limit.
The incessant corners and short pit straight make overtaking very difficult, and yet still somehow the place seems to produce its fair share of great racing.
Many of the recent races there have been terrific - and Daniel Ricciardo's fighting win for Red Bull in 2014 was an all-time classic.
Perhaps it's the breathless, relentless nature of the track, which teases errors out of drivers; perhaps it's the low-grip, low abrasion surface; probably, it's both.
Whatever, with a great little race track allied to one of Europe's great cities, it is a low-key highlight of the season.
And with Lewis Hamilton chasing yet more history - a win would see him become the most successful driver here with five wins - there's plenty to play for this year too.
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lewis is a sensational driver, so glad he is a brit.
You know he wins when you do that, right? The more people talk about him, like you do every single day, the more exposure he gets to outlets that market him based on interest.Keep up the good work PGB, great job.
You do know that the first B in BBC stands for British don't you?
LH is a British driver competing for a world championship so it's only natural that they would prioritise him. If you want to read about NR may I suggest you go to a German site or DR Australian etc. etc.
Meanwhile only Max or maybe Daniel are a threat for the race but not a serious one I would say
You're wasting your breath on PGB Adick. He's just a Honey Monster fanboy that hates any driver that's better than his heartthrob Danny boy, so that is practically the entire grid.
With a trouble-free weekend, he probably will.
A thought for the man whose record he'd surpass: keep fighting Michael.
If LH had preferential treatment these last few years, like MS FA SV notoriously need and always try to get, then LH would be on about 65 wins overtaking Prost for 2nd easily and he'd be the top pole sitter with about 79.
He'll achieve those goals anyway..
Yes, weave this yarn about Lewis chasing his fifth win into the story, but:
- which teams are likely to go well there?
- what is the tyre strategy?
- the weather forecast?
- anyone got any upgrades?
- do pole sitters typically win there?
I posted a quote that YOU claimed was out of context so I posted a link which clearly showed that it wasn't.
According to YOU, even though SM quite clearly states how highly he rates LH, even comparing him to Clark, it never happened.
I repeat, unless you know more about motor racing than SM, let it go. Makes you look even sillier than usual
Why don't you join a classic f1 forum, an Australian DR forum or the "I hate LH" facebook page?You'd fit right in .
Why oh why do the BBC continually describe everything as "making history" to the point where the phrase has been totally diluted to have no real meaning. If LH were to win more grand prixs than anyone else overall.....that would be "history", not simply winning the most a newish minor track.
LH has won races every year for 10 years, only current driver to do so.
LH has titles with multiple teams. Only current driver to do so.
As for Fangio? 8 years in f1 makes 7/8 winning a race. Also 5xWDC in only 51 races, his first title at 40yo, also very overweight. Different times.
In case you did not realise this is the UK, we have a world champion called Lewis Hamilton. Are suppose to sing the praises of Fernando? in Spain there is no other drivers other than Fernando, I am sure we are not like that here but do appreciate that one of our own is a World Champion and is going for a record.
In most drivers mindsLewis is the person to beat, do you know why?
It's odd how the BRITISH broadcasting corp has latched on to stories about the MOST SUCCESFUL BRITISH F1 DRIVER OF ALL TIME and published them for BRITISH fans to read in their native tongue. Very odd.
Wonder if the Germans totally ignore Vetel on their dedicated sites?