Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes end first practice for Hungarian Grand Prix in dominant form

And we are back for the third Formula One Grand Prix in three weeks. This time we have moved away from Austria and 250 or so miles across the border into Hungary and the Hungaoring, to be more precise. We had one exciting race at the Red Bull Ring and not not-so-exciting race there, but that is F1 and that is to be expected. And after seven months without ANY race of any kind and nearly four months without any meaningful on-track action, I think we should all be fairly grateful and thankful that the sport is back. 

How is the championship looking at the moment? Well, there will be some extremely satisfied teams, some teams who feel a bit so-so and some who will be hugely concerned about the season ahead in the next five months or so. Mercedes lead the championship comfortably and it does not look like anyone has the capability to stop them winning the constructors’ title.

The drivers’ title is a slightly different thing, but even that looks difficult for Max Verstappen, who is Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton‘s only realistic challenger. And with the Dutchman 28 points behind championship leader Bottas, “realistic” may also be pushing it a bit. Red Bull have been well off the pace in the first two rounds, despite Verstappen’s best efforts.