F1 action resumes this weekend on August 1, 2021, in Hungary. Hungaroring circuit hosts its 36th race in the Grand Prix history, the track has tight corners similar to Monaco. The Hamilton vs Verstappen battle took a new dimension at Britain. A spicy race is on the cards for the F1 fans.
Waves of criticisms and opinions about the crash in Britain flooded the internet last week. Speeding through turns, both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen showed no signs of backing down. Just before Copse, Hamilton tucked into the inner lines and forced Verstappen out. But the Dutchman was set and he didn’t budge at all. The British champion’s car might have understeered a little bit and Mercedes’ front tire prodded Red Bull’s rear. Verstappen crashed hard into the tyre barrier.
Experts and former racers expressed their views on the incident. The most sensible one is that it is a racing incident. Bringing any more emotions into it will cause adverse effects. Hamilton could have tuck closer or, Verstappen could have taken a wide line, but they both didn’t. They wanted a cutthroat race and achieved it. The Dutchman accused Hamilton of the post-race celebration. Hamilton pressed upon the importance of giving space in the track. Anyone of this two might win the F1 world championship. But one thing is for sure. Races won’t be the same hereafter, in this year.
In the UK, Sky Sports is the official broadcaster of Formula 1 this year, the online platform Sky Sports F1 will stream the races. Besides, the European audience can watch the event live on their gadgets through the Sky Go application.
ESPN channel provides live coverage in the United States, the millennial F1 fans can live stream the event ESPN+ OTP platform.
Indian subcontinent can witness the race in Star Sports network in the comfort of their homes. Disney+ Hotstar has procured the rights for broadcast on their platform.
In Australia, Fox Sports and Network Ten broadcast the live event.
Play Sports is the go-to network for Max Verstappen’s fans in his home, Belgium.
Additionally, bet365.com streams the event live for active bettors on race day.
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Hungary GP Schedule
Thursday 29th July
|Formula 1||Press Conference||12:30 – 16:00|
|F1 Experiences||F1 Experiences Track Tour/Grid Photo||15:30 – 16:30|
Friday 30th July
|FIA Formula 3||Practice Session||10:05 – 10:50|
|Formula 1||First Practice Session||11:30 – 12:30|
|W Series||Practice Session||12:55 – 13:25|
|Formula 1||Press Conference||13:00 – 14:00|
|FIA Formula 3||Qualifying Session||13:50 – 14:20|
|Formula 1||Second Practice Session||15:00 – 16:00|
|FIA Formula 3||Press Conference||16:05 – 16:35|
|W Series||Qualifying Session||16:30 – 17:00|
|Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup||Practice Session||17:25 – 18:10|
|Paddock Club||Paddock Club Track Tour/Grid Photo||18:15 – 18:45|
|Paddock Club||Paddock Club Pit Lane Tour||18:15 – 18:45|
Saturday 31st July
Sunday 1st August
* Please note that this timetable is subject to amendments
Hamilton holds the record for the fastest lap (1:16.207) in Hungaroring, which he set yesteryear with his W11. Now, the atmosphere has changed all around. Red Bull is the prideful owner of the fastest car on the track, not Mercedes. This fact might have ended fatally in the last race but luckily it didn’t. Hamilton managed to win in Britain despite the ten seconds penalty. Now, he is a mere eight points behind Verstappen. Nonetheless, narrow circuits like Hungary favour the fastest wheels, as witnessed in Monaco. The Dutchman and Red Bull are fuming in anger. They will unleash their wrath on the track and come first.
F1 rules 2021 & teams
Significant changes in the FIA rules include a further decrease in the minimum cost cap. Last year’s cap of $175 million is reduced to $145 million.
Lower order teams will be allowed more internal test runs than the top order teams. Chassis & suspension won’t receive major innovations for the year. Big fishes in the sea are prohibited from massive power unit upgrades.
The FIA decided that the teams will race with the same cars from the past season, the new era is postponed to 2022. All machines will feature the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid engine.
Perhaps the most nightmarish regulation for Mercedes will be the prohibition of slots, holes and any design tweaks at the floor in front of the rear tire. An original cut will be maintained.
Tracks saw an immense increase in downforce throughout last year. FIA keeps a check on that, the machines will have to reduce their downforce by 10 per cent.
The dual Axis Steering (DAS) system, the brainchild of Mercedes, will be abandoned. Lewis Hamilton will have to keep W12’s toes straight in the track.
The minimum weight of the F1 cars is increased by 3 kg, while the 749-kilogram baseline will make the giants’ frown, a parallel increase of the power unit to 150 kg will compensate for it.
No stone is left unturned, the strakes of the diffuser will be shortened by 50 millimetres.
Scraping all the problems they had in last season and getting an edge over the Silver Arrows through a rule change, Red Bull appear a threat to Mercedes’ eighth world championship. As it turns out, Red Bull’s high-rake angle and new floor regulation have paired well.