After an action-packed weekend in Germany where both races were won by precise strategy and brilliant driving, the series has a quick turnaround and heads to the narrow Hungaroring circuit in Budapest.
Championship leader Jolyon Palmer is the only driver to score points in every single race this season. Palmer goes into Hungary a sturdy 41 points ahead of closest rival Felipe Nasr.
Nasr, who’s shown more consistency in the past few races, currently has the most wins, with one feature race and two sprint race wins. This is certainly a step up from his previous GP2 seasons where he failed to record a single win.
There has only been one driver change for the upcoming weekend in Hungary; Alexander Rossi is out as Kimiya Sato returns to Campos Racing after spending the last round competing in the Auto GP series in Austria.
New Zealander Mitch Evans is starting to make his charge to consistently be at front end of the pack. The Russian Time driver has won the past two feature races in exceptional drives, including the series’ 200th race last round in Germany, where he came from 15th on the grid to hold off a pressing Stoffel Vandoorne.
After scoring four podiums in the last six races, Vandoorne is looking dangerous to take a win this weekend in Hungary.
Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti was the other race winner at the Hockenheimring in Germany, taking the out the sprint race after gambling on a risky alternate strategy.
The team have shown that they are capable of challenging for pole position and wins, however aside from Coletti’s win at Hockenheim the team has failed to capitalise on their speed.
Especially through Ferrari academy driver Raffaele Marciello, whose run of bad luck continue to cost the Italian valuable points and podium finishes.
Johnny Cecotto Jr. had an average outing in both races last round, especially during the sprint race where he found himself in a spin attempting to find grip on the slick tyres; however he still sits third in the drivers’ championship 27 points behind Nasr.
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