Ferrari’s Hungarian Grand Prix disaster has left them with little hope of ending their long Formula 1 driver and constructor world championship droughts.
Following a French Grand Prix they should have won, Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring should be Ferrari’s bounce-back race, where they close the 82-point gap to Red Bull in the Formula 1 constructor standings and one if where. Charles Leclerc closed the 63-point gap with Max Verstappen in the driver standings.
Throughout the weekend and even most of Sunday’s 70-lap race around the 14-turn, 2.722-mile (4.381-kilometer) Budapest road course, it looked like they would do just that, as the nature of the course was practical . adapted to the strength of the F1-75.
But another mistake in strategy dropped Leclerc from a potential race-winning position to sixth place, and teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. could only manage fourth after seeming to lose the pace he had shown all weekend.
Verstappen won the race after starting in 10th place. In 27 previous Grand Prix wins, he has never started outside the top four, and despite spinning during the event, he managed to take the checkered flag from five in a row.
Another weekend full of “When I die, I want the Ferrari strategists to take me down to my grave, so they can leave me alone one last time.”
Red Bull’s lead over Ferrari in the constructor standings is now 97 points, and Verstappen’s lead over Leclerc in the driver standings is now 80 points.
Ferrari’s 2022 season has been characterized by mistakes, be it on the reliability side, on the strategy side, or on the driver side.
Despite these deficits, there is a legitimate case to be made that they have the fastest car on the grid, having taken eight pole positions to Red Bull’s four so far.
While single-lap pace and race pace can tell different stories, Leclerc has also retired while leading on three occasions.
But things took a turn for the worse for Ferrari following the 13th race of the 22-race season, the last race before the summer break.
WynnBET now lists Verstappen as -1000 favorite to win this year’s world championship, meaning a successful $1,000 bet will only win you $100.
Before the race, he was in the -300 to -400 range.
They list Leclerc as second favorite, but as a massive underdog at +750, meaning that a successful $100 bet will win $750.
Before the race, he was in the +250 to +400 range.
The odds for the other contenders are as follows.
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes: +4000
- George Russell, Mercedes: +4000
- Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari: +7500
- Sergio Perez, Red Bull: +10000
As far as the constructor battle goes, things are a little less bleak for Prancing Horse, but they’re still not looking good.
- Red Bull: -750
- Ferrari: +600
- Mercedes: +1100
Action is set to continue on Sunday, August 28 with the Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Will this be the final Formula 1 race contested at Spa?