It’s with a heavy heart that F1 arrives in Budapest for the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix. The events of the past week have taken their toll on everyone involved in the sport, and tributes to Jules Bianchi are expected to take place throughout the weekend, as it fitting.
The drivers will get back behind the wheels of their cars and race hard in Jules’ honour, aiming to pay tribute to him in the best possible way – with hard racing. 70 laps around the Hungaroring will see the title fight between Hamilton and Rosberg resume, with the gap standing at 17 points prior to the race.
Last year saw a dramatic race, with Hamilton forced (for the 2nd race in succession) to start from the pitlane. He would fight his way up the field, aided by safety car spells that unhinged Rosberg’s race and saw Daniel Ricciardo take his second win. It seems unlikely he will repeat this feat this year, given the ongoing problems Red Bull have faced, whilst Fernando Alonso is extremely unlikely to repeat his 2nd place finish! (then again Ricciardo and teammate Kvyat did manage 3rd and 2nd in practice, so they might have a better race than expected)
Hopefully we’ll have a good race, a race that stands as a powerful memorial to Jules.