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Red Bull an outside chance for Hungary? Friday 24th July 2015

The Hungarian Grand prix has always produced some astonishing results. Jenson Button got his first win for Honda here and Damon Hill so nearly won the race in an Arrows, only to be overtaken by Jacques Villeneuve in the last few laps as his machinery failed him.

Nigel Mansell produced his legendary ‘impossible’ pass on Ayrton Senna and last year Daniel Ricciardo overturned the form book and confirmed his class by taking his second win of the year, a race when Mercedes almost didn’t make it onto the podium.

The Red Bull team may be having a torrid time of it in 2015, but after FP2 today in Hungary the two Red Bull Racing cars sit second and third on the timesheets. Ricciardo AKA ‘The Honey Badger’ has said that the team’s future engine supply is going to be hammered out in the next two weeks, and this is set against a backdrop of a possible announcement that Renault are buying back the Enstone team (Lotus) they sold to Genii Capital.

For the race Paddy Power have both Daniil Kvyat and Dan Ricciardo at 33-1, which has to be a temptation for an each way bet. Certainly better odds than the Ferraris at 16-1 for Vettel and 25-1 for Raikkonen.

Ironically this is one of the most popular races on the calendar for Finnish supporters to travel to, so Raikkonen (who came top in a fans’ survey of favourite drivers) and Valtteri Bottas (80-1) will be spurred on by Finnish flags in the crowd. In the week preceding the GP, Bottas has been linked to a drive with Ferrari, and should the Scuderia release Raikkonen in 2016, it could well be one Finn out, one Finn in.
Williams prefer power circuits to the tight twisty confines of the Hungaroring and are not looking to repeat their strong results from Canada, Austria and Great Britain. No disruptive rain is expected for Budapest on Sunday with temperatures likely to be in the mid-twenties.

Bets we’d like to see Paddy Power create some odds for

  • What are the chances that we will see Jenson Button in a Williams next season if Valtteri Bottas leaves?

  • The GP calendar for 2016 has been launched with 21 races and seven back-to-back weekends including the debut for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. What are the chances of it staying like that?

  • What are the odds on both McLarens finishing the race… on the lead lap?