Formula One Hungarian GP starts with delicious setups. Valtteri Bottas, who leads the World Series, and Lewis Hamilton, who is second, will start the race from the first starting line, with Hamilton being the fastest in yesterday's time trial and Bottas second.
Bottas has a clear task ahead of him on Sunday. The start must be successful so that he can challenge his teammates and harass the reigning world champion already in the early stages of the race.
- It will be an acceleration race on the first bend, Bottas said after Saturday's time trials.
On Saturday, the harassment was already quite successful. Bottas cheered the best pace in the third free practice of the race weekend and left Hamilton second.
In the time trial, the Mercedes duo were in their own speed classes, but Hamilton grabbed the pole position before Bota, who was leading the World Series.
- I saw at the end of the (time trial) that my time is at least very close to Lewis time. We have seen that as a team our level is very strong and quite far from other teams. That, of course, is a good thing for us, Bottas described Mercedes' superiority.
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Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez of Racing Point, who took the second starting line, were about a second behind the top two. Bottas was quite happy with his second place, but a little extra sharpness could have brought a pole position. Hamilton's performance, on the other hand, was so intact that almost miracle tricks would have been required of Bottas.
- My rounds were ok. My lap of the third stage of the time trial was really good, but we couldn’t go faster. Lewis did a great job today as always, Bottas complimented politely.
Hamilton has praised his team profusely for its successes.
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A few warm words to Bottas also came off Hamilton.
- Valtteri doesn't make my job easy. He works well and gives pressure. Tomorrow must be awake at the outset, Hamilton stressed the importance of the start.
Hamilton praised profusely the Mercedes team, which put the British on the pole for the third time in a row in Hungary. In total, Hamilton has seven pole positions in Hungary and a tie of 90 throughout his career.
- I have to pinch myself, Hamilton said, referring to achievements.
In this year’s World Cup, Hamilton is still the chaser. Bottas has amassed 43 points, and Hamilton has six less. Bottas won the opening race of the season and was second last weekend, so on Sunday he will try to continue his podium straight.
- The points situation is pretty good, but I have to win competitions. It is the only goal on Sunday, and I'm sure will be an interesting first lap, Bottas said.
Hamilton is already chasing his eighth victory in Hungary.
Can Hamilton watch Bottas' taillights in Sunday's race?
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Bottas has not managed to rise to the highest podium on the Hungaroring track, but Finnish veteran Kimi Räikkönen has one victory from there.
Räikkönen's season has been tangled when he stopped in the first race in Austria and drove to 11th in the second race. In Hungary, the pace has been lost, and another Alfa Romeo driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, will also start from the last starting line.
- We are still far from where we would like to be. We need to analyze what went wrong and figure out how to get things rolling again. We have quite a lot of work to do in all areas, and we need our momentum back, Räikkönen said in an Alfa Romeo press release.
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The Hungarian GP will start at 16.10 Finnish time. IS follows the race live in another article.