Hungarian Grand Prix 2013

Race organizers are expecting track temperature to reach 50C ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend and after this mornings practice it appears Sebastian Vettel is determined to start a hot streak of his own and win back-to-back races for the first time this year.

The world champion was 0.259 seconds quicker than teammate Mark Webber, with Vettel’s title rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso third and fourth.

Vettel heads into the race 34 points ahead of Alonso, who admitted he can’t afford to let Vettel extend his lead.

The Red Bull driver has never won in Hungary, although that was the case in Germany last time out and the 26-year-old promptly went on to make his debut victory.

The Hungaroring is considered narrow, twisty and bumpy and can sometimes produce fairly processional races.

The most obvious overtaking opportunity is down the start-finish straight into Turn One, so as ever the crux of the race could depend on who starts the stongest.

Hungary is the 10th grand prix of the 19-race season, and after it there is a four-week break until the championship restarts in Belgium at the end of August.

It’s therefore vital for Fernando Alonso to try and close the gap at the top of the Driver’s Championship if he is to stand any chance of catching Sebastian Vettel, as the gap between them will only be emphasised over the four week break.

However, on current form, and barring a clutch-shaft failure that dramatically derailed him at Silverstone, Vettel looks likely to shift ever closer to a fourth consecutive driver’s championship.

Hungarian Grand Prix Outright

S Vettel 11/8

K Raikkonen 9/2

F Alonso 6/1

L Hamilton 7/1

M Webber 9/1

N Rosberg 11/1

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