Hungarian Grand Prix 2021: What time is the F1 race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

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Hungarian Grand Prix 2021: What time is the F1 race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds? - Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images
Hungarian Grand Prix 2021: What time is the F1 race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds? - Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

After a dramatic victory in the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap on championship leader Max Verstappen to just eight points.

Hamilton and Verstappen crashed on the opening lap with the Red Bull driver's race ending in the barriers before a trip to the hospital.

After edging out a healthy lead before Silverstone, the Dutchman will be aiming to extend that again in Hungary before Formula One's traditional summer break.

When is it?

The hour-long first and second practice sessions take place on Friday, July 30, with final practice and qualifying on Saturday, July 31. The Hungarian Grand Prix itself is on Sunday, August 1.

What time does it start?

First practice starts at 10.30BST with second practice at 2pm BST. Final practice is at 11am on Saturday with qualifying at 2pm. The race itself is at 2pm on Sunday.

What are the championship standings after 10 rounds?

Drivers' top 10:

Constructors':

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team. Their qualifying coverage starts at 1pm BST on Saturday with their Grand Prix coverage starting at 12.30pm on Sunday.

Channel 4 have highlights for this year with their equally excellent team, with their Saturday coverage starting at 5.30pm and their race coverage at 6.30pm on Sunday.

You can also keep up to date throughout practice, qualifying and the race right here at Telegraph Sport.

What do we know about the Hungaroring?

  • Circuit length: 4.381km

  • First grand prix: 1986

  • Laps: 70

  • Race distance: 306.63km

  • Race lap record: 1:16.627 (Lewis Hamilton, 2020)

  • 2018 winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

  • Number of corners: 14

  • Overtaking chances: Pretty slim, to be honest. It's (perhaps unfairly) known as Monaco without the walls. Still, going into turn one with the aid of DRS is the best place.

What are the latest odds?

  • Max Verstappen 10/11

  • Lewis Hamilton 11/8

  • Sergio Pérez 14/1

  • Valtteri Bottas 16/1

  • Charles Leclerc 16/1

  • Lando Norris 40/1

What is our prediction?

Mercedes were much closer to Red Bull at Silverstone than they had been in the preceding few races. Would Hamilton have been able to hang onto Verstappen had the Dutchman kept his lead at the start? It is impossible to say but Red Bull may have just had slightly the quicker car in race trim.

Verstappen has a fairly mixed record in Hungary, with a couple of second placed finishes, including a very tight one in 2019 where he narrowly lost out to a charging Hamilton. Hamilton has won at this track a total of eight times, including four times in the last five years. It's a track where the car matters, but a driver can still make a difference. Hamilton has usually been able to do that, though more often than not in the quickest car. That may not be the case this year.

I think, as ever, it should be tight between the two teams and top two drivers but would say that Red Bull will probably just about edge it. That does not mean that Verstappen will convert it into victory, however. Could things get spicy on track again? Yes. I predict so. If Hamilton can close the gap to Verstappen even further, it will ramp up the pressure. Verstappen – after his DNF in Britain – will feel like anything but putting another seven or eight points on his rival, is a disappointment.