The Hungarian Grand Prix is one of the most popular fixtures on the Formula One schedule and fans will be delighted to welcome its return in early August. Practice gets started in Budapest on Friday 2 August and is followed by qualifying. The Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 4 August and can be followed live on a number of major TV stations around the world, including Sky Sports.

Followers of F1 racing have enjoyed some memorable outings in Budapest over the years and are hoping the 2019 version lives up to the hype. It’s a track that favours the speedsters, but the tight turns and challenging course ensures there’s plenty of drama along the way. Not known as a Grand Prix that is easy to conquer, you can expect a few surprises along the way.

Ramp Up your Interest

Qualifying and practice will be exciting but there’s one sure fire way to ramp up your interest in the Hungarian Grand Prix and that’s with a bet on the action. There’s something for everyone here and if you haven’t gambled on F1 in a while you’ll be surprised at the level of coverage offered by bookmakers. Have your say on the winner of qualifying – which driver will start on pole position – or keep your powder dry until the main race.

When betting on the Hungarian Grand Prix you can predict the winner or take advantage of the many specials markets. There’s fastest lap, podium finish, points finish, safety car to be used, king of the road and even match bets. The latter is particularly popular as it gives you the chance to win your bet and secure a profit without your driver winning the Grand Prix.

Traders pick out two drivers who are similar in talents and recent form, they then ask you to gamble your stake money on which one will have the better race. They could finish anywhere in the pecking order, first and second or second last and last, as long as your driver ends higher up the finishing order than his match bet opponent, you’re on to a winner. This bet gives you an interest right up until the end of the race as it could change at any minute. Worth a second look.

Hamilton Wins a Nervy Race

Last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix was won by Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes as the Briton tightened his grip on the drivers’ championship table. It was a tense, nervy afternoon where tactics proved to be more important than speed, but backers knew their cash was in good hands on Hamilton as he’s an intelligent driver who is backed by a knowledgeable crew and state-of-the-art mechanics. Lewis can race with the best of them over the straight tracks but what sets him apart from the crowd is his intelligence. He’s shrewd, experienced and wise enough to grind out ugly wins when they are needed. It was certainly needed that day in Budapest.

In behind Hamilton there was carnage from the other drivers, a list of costly mistakes and silly errors helping to hand the Englishman a big lead in the drivers’ championship leader board. Sebastian Vettel has enjoyed success here in the past and was expected to apply real pressure to his main rival for the world title, but his chances went up in smoke when Ferrari made a hash of a pit stop, delaying their driver and seeing him lose. The German was forced into the pits earlier as Valterri Bottas messed up a defensive movement, so much so he slid into the kerb, damaging the Ferrari in the process. Vettel was able to scrap his way back into second place, but the chance to pour pressure on Hamilton was gone by the time he did.

Kimi Raikkonen ended on the third step of the podium, meaning Ferrari, despite that mistake in the pits, ended with two drivers in the best three. That boosted their points tally in the constructors’ championship, but it did nothing to wash away the bitter taste of disappointment. A chance missed by the team.

Hamilton Dominates the Betting

The betting for the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix is dominated by Lewis Hamilton and traders expect a repeat performance from last year, pricing the Brit as hot favourite to extend his advantage over the chasing pack ahead of the summer break. Will things go to plan? If they do it won’t be without incident, that’s for sure. Opposing Hamilton has proven to be a costly business so far this season and it’s not something the traders want to make a habit of doing. Lewis sits proudly atop the league table and will take some shifting. He’s favourite to win another world title and he’s expected to do it with a Budapest victory achieved along the way.

The current betting for the Hungarian Grand Prix has Lewis Hamilton no better than the 4/6 being offered by William Hill. That’s short but his recent form makes it impossible to argue against and, despite being odds on, it’s a better quote than you’ll get with other major firms. Some traders are so convinced Hamilton will win this race they are offering a cramped 4/7. Now, as any experienced punter will tell you, back enough 4/7 shots at odds of 4/6 and you’ll make a steady profit over the course of the season.

Drive at a Bigger Price

Odds on betting isn’t for everyone, however, especially in a race that’s as unpredictable as this one has been in the past. Therefore, backers may want to cast their eye a little further down the pecking order in the hope of finding a plucky outsider who is more than good enough to cause an upset at a decent price. Valtterri Bottas is second favourite and Unibet are offering a market best price of 7/2 on him doing the business. The same bet is 5/2 with most other firms. It’s possible to back Bottas at 7/2 and cash out for a profit early in the race if he makes a strong start.

Others worth a mention in the Grand Prix winner market are Charles Leclerc who can be picked up at 10/1 with William Hill, a price shared by Max Verstappen when getting your cash down at bet365. There’s 12/1 trading at Betfair on German driver Sebastian Vettel and that’s an offer that will catch the attention of value hunters.

Vettel hasn’t enjoyed his best F1 season to date but he’s a dangerous man to write off and is more than capable of winning this Grand Prix. 12/1 is much bigger than he should be and we’re expecting a good bit of interest in that bet. One thing’s for sure, if he has a good qualifying campaign that price will shorten significantly.

There’s Real Value in Vettel

You can back Sebastian Vettel, or indeed any driver involved in the Hungarian Grand Prix each-way with most major firms giving place terms of 1/3 the odds a place 1-2. This acts as a bit of a safety net if you’re backing a driver you believe is good enough to win the race, but you want to see a return on your investment if he finishes second.

Another bet worth considering in this Grand Prix is the fastest lap. This doesn’t have to come from the race winner, any driver involved can post a fastest lap time, regardless of where they finish in the final list. Bottas enjoyed particularly impressive times last year and traders have kept that in mind when putting together their fastest lap market this time out. William Hill are offering 9/2 and that looks on the generous side.

Vettel each-way at 12/1 at Betfair