Hungarian F1 Grand Prix 2018: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2018

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 27: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes WO9 on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 27, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Lewis Hamilton reclaimed the initiative in the Formula One world championship battle last time out as he took a brilliant victory at the German Grand Prix.

While the Briton was battling from 14th on the grid to the front of the race, his championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, crashed from the lead.

Now the focus turns to Sunday's Hungarian Grand PrixHamilton is a five-time winner at the Hungaroring circuit, so the Mercedes man will be confident of potentially extending his 17-point championship lead before the summer break.

Vettel has more than enough ability to cause problems for Hamilton in his Ferrari, though, and his victory in Hungary last year means he will be comfortable around the tight, twisty circuit.


Date: Sunday, July 29

Start Time: 3:10 p.m. local, 2:10 p.m. BST, 9. 10 a.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports F1 (UK), ESPN2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), ESPN Player (U.S.)

For a full drivers list, visit the Formula 1 website


There are 10 races left in the 2018 F1 season, including Hungary, but the championship race is firmly between Vettel and Hamilton.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen is 40 points back from team-mate Vettel and does not look to be a threat given he has not won a Grand Prix since 2013.

Hamilton and Vettel have four wins apiece this year, while Daniel Ricciardo has two and Max Verstappen one.

The problem for the Red Bulls has been competing consistently in races.

Australian Ricciardo has retired in two of the last three races—his third and fourth of the season—but he has decent form at the Hungaroring, per Channel 4 F1:

Channel 4 F1® @C4F1

Daniel Ricciardo is no stranger to success at the Hungaroring 💪 The Red Bull racer won here in 2014 and finished on the podium in 2015 and 2016 🏆 He also remains the only driver not to lose a position on the first lap of a race this season 😉 #C4F1 🇭🇺 #HungarianGP https://t.co/j50lLuM0Vk

Verstappen, meanwhile, also had to retire at the British Grand Prix back on July 8, but he has finished first, second, third and fourth in the last four races.

If anyone is to break the Vettel-Hamilton duopoly again this weekend, it will likely be one of the Red Bulls.

Given the summer break begins after the Hungary Grand Prix—the next race is not until August 26 in Belgium—Hamilton could potentially be forgiven for racing conservatively this weekend in order to ensure he remains at the top of the standings. 

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 26:  Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 26, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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That is not the four-time world champion's style, though, and he is clearly of the opinion he needs to take every point he can when they are on offer.

Hamilton insisted ahead of Hungary that Ferrari still have the fastest car despite the fact that he is leading the championship in his Mercedes.

Per Matt Morlidge of Sky Sports, he said:

"It's the most intense battle, we're racing a team that are faster than us this year. Last year we were quite balanced, some weekends they were faster than us, some weekends we were faster than them, but this year it's swinging more in their direction so we're having to overdeliver on weekends, and try to pull out more from weekends where we're not quick enough.

"The pressure to extract absolutely every millimetre or every ounce is absolutely greater than ever if I want to be number one at the end."

Vettel will have to make Ferrari's speed count this weekend and look to cut Hamilton's lead or else he risks the British driver taking a daunting advantage into the break.