The most conspicuous question for every Formula One fan this weekend - game over or game on? With the summer break (two-week compulsory shut down for teams and a four-week break from racing) approaching fast, 10 out of 11 teams will be looking to obstruct Sebastian Vettel from clinching an almost unassailable lead at the Hungrarian Grand Prix 2013.
After an eventful German outing, the Formula One clout now descends upon a tricky and twisty street-circuit-like track of Budapest in Hungary. The track which boasts of 14 corners and an average speed in the region of 180 kmp/h is the second fastest after Monaco. Pirelli has opted for P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft compounds for the weekend as over the course of 4.381 kms, the cars are on full throttle only for less than 10 seconds. Although it is expected to be hot and sunny in Hungary, Pirelli will bring the Cinturato Green intermediates and Cinturato Blue full wets as well, just in case. You can never trust the weather in this part of the world.
The 10th of 19 races on the 2013 calendar would decide whether Sebastian Vettel would stamp his authority on his 4th consecutive championship right away or the fight will go down to the wire. Since Red Bull Racing's 'blue-eyed boy' suffered a gear box failure at Silverstone, the race at Hungary has suddenly become vital in deciding the post summer break strategy for rest of the teams.
Despite being the favourite, Vettel has never won in Hungary. Red Bull got its maiden win at the circuit when Mark Webber took the chequered flag in 2010. McLaren has dominated the circuit with five wins in the last six races and Lewis Hamilton has been the most successful amongst the current pack. However, looking at McLaren's current scenario, the chances of even a podium look incredibly bleak. Moreover, it won't be wise to discount Lotus on this track as last year Kimi Räikkönen finished second, and Romain Grosjean third. The Lotus duo has shown flashes of brilliance as the team sits comfortably at the third