Hamilton’s fight for F1 Driver’s Championship is not over yet


July 22, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 28, 2015

The Formula One title race is keeping everyone on the edge of their seats this year as the two Mercedes’ drivers, Lewis Hamilton and NicoRosberg,continue their ding dong battle for the Driver’s Championship.

The Hungarian Grand Prix will take place at Hungaroring circuit this week, with practices on Friday 25 July, qualifiers on Saturday 26 July and the race itself on Sunday 27 July. Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix four times, so it’s a circuit that he’s comfortable with, and he’ll be doing all he can to secure a fifth victory there this Sunday.

At the German Grand Prix last weekend, British driver Hamilton slipped 14 points behind his German team-mate NicoRosberg, thanks to a brake failure. And only just before the race at Hockenheim, Hamilton was on a high having won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and was just 4 points behind Rosberg. The brake failure meant that Hamilton was 15th on the grid, but as he had to change his gearbox, he also had to accept a five-place penalty. Mechanical failure on Hamilton’s car has led to him falling behind Rosberg three times this season so far.

Rosberg, meanwhile was triumphant at home at Hockenheim, winning a Grand Prix on German soil for the first time ever. It finished off what must have been a perfect week for the German driver – who not only saw his national football team win the World Cup, but also tied the knot and got married last week too.

However, even though Hamilton had started out 20th on the grid, he managed to claw his way through to third place by the end of the race. The British driver showed an optimistic attitude to the points’ deficit, saying he enjoyed a challenge and didn’t like to win easily.

Anyone betting on the Driver’s Championship will know that the title race is now between the two Mercedes drivers only, but as for who will win the Hungarian Grand Prix, the favourites include Hamilton and Rosberg, but also ValterriBottas and Felipe Massa (both drive for Williams), Daniel Riccariardo and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull). Massa was out of the German Grand Prix after the first corner of the race, when he collided with Kevin Magnussen’sMaclaren and flipped the Williams car, coming to a halt on the side of the track. Luckily, Massa walked away unhurt from the accident.

The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and NicoRosbergis becoming ever more intense between the two drivers and they’re now being compared with other famous Formula One team-mates who have been rivals on the track. Examples from previous F1 seasons include The McLaren drivers Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna and the Williams drivers Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet.

The two Mercedes drivers will be able to take some time to reflect on the rest of the season after Hungarian GP as Formula One will then take its summer break. Racing then resumes on 24 August with the Belgian Grand Prix.