Lewis Hamilton was at his dominant best at the Hungaroring to claim his eighth Hungarian Grand Prix victory, which equals Michael Schumacher’s record for most race wins at the same Grand Prix, with Schumacher’s eight coming at the French Grand Prix, and now Hamilton, who now has the championship lead, heads back home to his beloved Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom as he aims to join Schumacher as the only two drivers to win three different Grand Prix events at least seven times at the 2020 British Grand Prix, Round Four of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Hamilton (63 points) leads the world championship for Mercedes by five points over his teammate Valtteri Bottas (58 points) after claiming the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix in commanding fashion, claiming a Grand Prix hat-trick (pole position, win, and fastest lap) for the 16th time in his career, and only six behind Schumacher in this department in Formula One history.
However, what is more worrying for the opposition was how the 2020 Mercedes, especially in the hands of Hamilton, was performing through the medium and high speed corners at the Hungaroring, cornering like it was on rails, and the speed difference between Mercedes and everyone else was seemingly back to the good old days of 2014 to 2016, when the Mercedes was consistently one to one and a half seconds faster per lap anything else on the grid in the hands of Hamilton and Nico Rosberg back in those three years, and given the high speed and high downforce characteristics of Silverstone, it is hard to see Mercedes being beaten on merit this weekend, or the next, which will also be held at Silverstone for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
However, Bottas will want to improve his performance after a poor race in Hungary, finishing third after a poor start, dropping to sixth after the opening lap, and in seventh position after five laps after most of the grid had a pit stop to change from intermediate tyres to slick tyres, only getting up into third on Lap 36, and if Hamilton, who had a huge lead, had not pitted for soft tyres in order to try and grab the point for having the fastest lap of the race (which Hamilton successfully achieved), Bottas would have most likely have been the last car on the lead lap at the Hungaroring.
Max Verstappen (33 points) is third in the championship for Red Bull Racing-Honda after a strong second-place finish in Hungary, but it almost never happened after sliding softly into the wall on the lap to the grid, and his team had to rush quickly to get a new front wing, and attempt to fix the small amounts of damage on the car in the minutes before race start.
However, despite the great drive from Verstappen, Red Bull’s car in 2020 is simply not good enough, in comparison to the Mercedes, and it is very hard in their current form to see them winning a lot of races, let alone seriously challenging for the world championship, in 2020.
Lando Norris (26 points) is still fourth in the standings for McLaren-Renault despite finishing 13th in Budapest, while Verstappen’s teammate Alexander Albon (22 points), and Sergio Pérez (22 points) for Racing Point-BWT Mercedes are fifth and sixth after the opening three races of 2020.
Charles Leclerc (18 points) follows for Ferrari in seventh position in the world championship despite not scoring points in each of the last two races, with Lance Stroll (18 points) for Racing Point-BWT Mercedes, Carlos Sainz Jr. (15 points) for McLaren-Renault, and Leclerc’s current teammate Sebastian Vettel (nine points) completing the Top 10 in the standings.
As far as the Constructors’ Championship is concerned, Mercedes (121 points) are a dominant 66 points ahead of Red Bull Racing-Honda (55 points), with McLaren-Renault (41 points) in third, just ahead of Racing Point-BWT Mercedes (40 points), who have underachieved to a degree so far in 2020 given the potential shown with their car.
Ferrari (27 points) are a very poor fifth in the world championship, and seemingly looking ahead to 2022, when there will a seismic change in the regulations, for their chance to return to glory.
Renault (12 points) are behind the Prancing Horse in sixth, followed by AlphaTauri-Honda (seven points), Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari (two points), and Haas-Ferrari (one point), with Williams-Mercedes (zero points) yet to get off the mark.
So, who is going to win the 2020 British Grand Prix?
Given the form that he has shown at both the Styrian Grand Prix, and the Hungarian Grand Prix, as well as his amazing record at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton is in my mind at close to unbackable to claim his seventh British Grand Prix victory, and although there will be no crowds at Silverstone this year, you feel that Hamilton has got a very special performance in store for his British faithful, who like everyone around the world, have had a very difficult year in some way, shape, or form!