Hungary looks like being Vettel’s to lose

Posted on July 30, 2010

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Sebastian Vettel has destroyed the field in practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, laying down the strongest possible marker of his intent.

Sebastian Vettel has everything he needs to dominate in Hungary. Credit: Getty Images/Red Bull Racing

The Red Bull cars were clearly quickest today, though the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso is not far behind. McLaren look set to struggle as they still do not have their blown diffuser package working effectively.

But the weekend is set to be fought in the wake of what happened in Germany. Felipe Massa has been protesting all week he is not a number two driver: if this was the case he wouldn’t have been told to pull over. This argument will be waged all weekend to the detriment of the concentration on racing.

But I sense the mood is with those opposed to team orders. Both McLaren and Red Bull principals have insisted they believe their drivers should race, as have the drivers themselves. Christian Horner and Martin Whitmarsh are powerful voices in Fota and they will be backed by many of the fans and media.

The weekend itself should be easy to predict. Vettel and Red Bull will dominate, possibly to the extent they can wrestle control of both championships. It may rain in qualifying and this could change everything.

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