7There are storylines aplenty for F1 fans to keep tabs on over the weekend, when Max Verstappen will aim to keep his foot firmly on the gas at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo’s return, a fresh cost cap saga and the pressure on Sergio Perez have kept supporters intrigued over the past two weeks, and it’s nearly time for the talking to be done on track.
Lewis Hamilton raises suspicions of teams breaking rules as star reignites row
Crossing the line last of the finishers proved to be the final straw for AlphaTauri as Nyck de Vries was ruthlessly axed after the British Grand Prix. Ricciardo has stepped in to take his place, and the fan favourite will hope to make a splash at the Hungaroring this weekend.
Perez will hope not to follow in De Vries’ footsteps as he eyes a significant improvement on a dismal run of results in recent weeks. Verstappen has built up a 99-point lead after 10 races, with the Dutchman racking up four times as many race wins as his team-mate in 2023.
Meanwhile, rumours of a fresh cost cap saga have been denied by the FIA, although all will become clear when the findings are released later this year.
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A downcast Lewis Hamilton said his Mercedes car was ‘at its worst’ on Friday after he could only muster 16th in the Hungarian Grand Prix second free practice session.
The 38-year-old admitted that he had nothing positive to say about the W14 after another troubled practice session but pledged to find the right setup.
“It wasn’t feeling good at all. It was feeling like the car at its worst today, but we’ll work on the setup tonight,” Hamilton said to Sky Sports F1.
“Last year it felt terrible at the beginning and then we tuned it around with some setup changes. So we will work on that tonight and hopefully tomorrow it will feel better.”