Lewis Hamilton Believes Key Rear Wing Change May be the Reason for Red Bull’s Struggles at Hungary

Published 08/01/2021, 5:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


Lewis Hamilton took his 101st pole position of his F1 career at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The 7-time world champion finished ahead of his teammate Bottas and championship rival Verstappen. Hamilton put in a scintillating lap to take provisional pole and then held off Max in the final run to end the session as the fastest driver.

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The Mercedes driver was over four-tenths quicker than his Red Bull rival. But Hamilton might have an answer to their surprising gap at Hungaroring.

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This is a track that Red Bull has been strong at before: Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes driver did not expect the gap to his rivals would be so big. When asked about the reason for the huge gap to Red Bull, Hamilton said –

“We saw today that they changed from their big wing to their smaller wing today. Whether that has hampered them, I don’t know, but it’s definitely a real surprise to see us have that sort of pace on them. But of course, we are happy with that,” stated Hamilton.

My lap time on the medium would really have been on the edge: Verstappen

As reported by formula1, Max Verstappen will start from third on the grid with softer tires than Mercedes. The tires might give him an advantage on the start but might fade later on. Verstappen stated the reason for Red Bull to start on the softer compounds.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in third place Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

“My lap time on the medium would really have been on the edge for a top-10 and that’s why we finished the lap [on soft tires in Q2]. It would have been safe to go through but only by two- or three-hundredths so I don’t think you want to risk it that much, and that’s why they told me to finish the lap. It is what it is; we’ll find out tomorrow how the tires are going to behave.” said Max.

There are certainly some unanswered questions regarding the tires and their impact on the track and fans will be on the look-out to see the fall-out of these changes.

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Can Max challenge the Mercs in the race? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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