On the past weekend, we have witnessed a German Grand Prix taking place under highly adverse atmospheric conditions, with the young prodigy Max Verstappen taking advantage of that to win for the 2nd time on the season in Formula 1, in another display of great quality.
Max Verstappen: Red Bull has the new F1’s “golden boy”
Despite having made a couple compromising mistakes last season, the truth is that the young Dutch, at only 21 years of age, is being the great star of a season that’s clearly being dominated by Mercedes.
On the past weekend, in Hockenheim, there was a chance to beat Mercedes taking into consideration the chaos the race turned into due to the heavy rain, and the strategical quality of the Red Bull team allied to the ability of their driver to race under adverse conditions ended up being the ideal recipe for success.
Despite a poor start in Germany that put him in 4th place after the first lap, Max never gave up and kept making his race with great mastery and steady hands, ending up taking advantage of the others’ mistakes.
Lewis Hamilton, for example, even got off track and damaged the front of his car, being forced to make a long stop in the boxes to replace the front of his car, as well as to serve a 5 seconds penalty for getting into the boxes by a forbidden zone.
It’s impossible to demand more from the Red Bull’s pilot this season. He has won the 2 Grand Prix where Mercedes have faltered this season, highlighting that they’ve shown a lot of class on both occasions.
On the first occasion, he pressured Charles Leclerc to the point that the young Ferrari pilot made a mistake that allowed the Dutch to overtake him, and now he was the pilot that better handled the demands that a Grand Prix being raced under a true flood has.
Hockenheim didn’t allow Mercedes to test their improvements
The particular conditions the German Grand Prix took place on have prevented Mercedes from testing if their aerodynamic changes to the front of the car, as well as the update to their cooling system were well achieved.
Now, this weekend in Hungary, it will be possible to finally check that, on a race that gains doubled importance due to the fact that Mercedes has once again opened up a small window for their competition in Hockenheim.
In fact, Mercedes had a day to forget in German soil, with Valtteri Bottas abandoning and Lewis Hamilton finishing on a modest 9th place, only getting 2 points.
The lead of the World Drivers’ Championship continues to offer a large advantage for the British driver. However, Max Verstappen continues to be an example of resilience in every race, which means it would be advisable not to open up space for surprises.
Hamilton is leading the table with 225 points, followed by Bottas with 184, Verstappen with 162 and Sebastian Vettel with 141.
With 63 more points than the closes opponent outside the Mercedes team, Hamilton knows that he could even miss out on two races and continue to be the leader of the World Drivers’ Championship, but that shouldn’t discourage him from attacking the victory already this weekend at Hungaroring.
The Mercedes’ driver and 5-times World Champion is priced at 1.85 to return to winning ways this weekend on 1xbet, followed by the sensational Max Verstappen that is only being priced at 3.00 – a low value taking into consideration the dominance that Mercedes has been imposing this season.
Vettel might finish outside the podium
Despite having managed to get his best result of the season by finishing in 2nd place in Germany, Sebastian Vettel lost ground to
Verstappen once again on the fight for the last place of the podium of the World Drivers’ Championship.
The German driver has been living a dreadful season and only a victory on a Grand Prix could lighten the mood amongst the Scuderia. Could he do it this Sunday already in Hungary?
Vettel has two wins in Hungary throughout his career and last season he finished in 2nd place in this circuit, which means he will have good expectations of getting another good result to follow up his 2nd place in Germany.
It won’t be easy to reach the 3rd place of the World Drivers’ Championship, with Red Bull Honda getting stronger and stronger and Max Verstappen showcasing his reliability.
However, it is up to the German Driver to try and bring some joy to the Ferrari team at this final stage of the season in order to set the stage for a year of 2020 that could be happier for the “Prancing Horse”.