Lewis Hamilton to get off the mark at Hungarian Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton could secure his first victory for Mercedes at the Hungary GP – a happy stomping ground for the 28-year-old and British racers.

Hamilton has won three races in Hungary (2007, 2009 and 2012) and is priced at 6/1 to retain his title this season.

Despite being yet to win a race so far this campaign, the former McLaren man has three podium finishes and heads to Hungaroring, near Budapest, in good form.

Hamilton took pole position at both the recent German and British GP’s, and although he finished fifth and fourth respectively, a first win in 2013 does not look out of reach.

One more victory in Hungary will help the Hertfordshire-born driver match Michael Schumacher’s record of four GP successes in the Eastern European nation, and make Hamilton the sixth British winner in eight years.

However, Championship leader Sebastian Vettel is the 6/4 favourite, although his best result in Hungary was a runner-up place two years ago.

Vettel has already won four of nine races this season though, and he will be in confident mood having just ended his GP hoodoo in homeland Germany.

The three-time World Champion’s team-mate Mark Webber is available at 7/1 in the Formula One betting, with the Red Bull racer currently fifth in the standings.

Like Hamilton, Webber is yet to win this season but he has picked up a few fastest lap triumphs, and could be a force in Hungary.

Lotus found the circuit rewarding last season, finishing second and third in 2012 with Kimi Raikkonen taking silver and Romain Grosjean picking up bronze.

Raikkonen won here in 2005 and could do so again at 6/1, while Grosjean could be one to watch at longer odds of 20/1.

Formidable Spanish driver Fernando Alonso is going well again this season having won in his homeland and China, and at 5/1 he is the second favourite for Hungary.

Hamilton’s partner Nico Rosberg is also in contention for Mercedes at 8/1, while Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa is a huge 50/1.

The chances of Jenson Button adding another Hungary GP success to his 2011 and 2006 triumphs looks unlikely with odds of 100/1 this time around.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.