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Hungary 2008 - The race // McLaren line up at the head of the field ready for a long race

Published by Christine

Race day in Hungary and it's hot. According to Stuart in the comments, the track temperature is up to 35C already, and only likely to get hotter.

Post-qualifying yesterday, we learned that Bourdais had received a five-place grid drop for impeding Heidfeld. Personally, I think this is a bit harsh, but no doubt it makes Heidfeld feel slightly better and masks the fact that he still hasn't put his qualifying woes behind him. Teammate Kubica starts from a much better position up front in fourth, and I'm looking on him to get a good start and mix it up with the McLarens.

At a track where there is very little overtaking, McLaren's 1-2 makes them almost unbeatable, especially considering how strong Hamilton has been recently. It may be that Hamilton can get his third consecutive win, but it would be even better if Kovalainen could get his maiden victory, proving his extended contract is worthwhile.

As for the rest, and I'm now counting Ferrari in that bunch, Räikkönen may get stuck behind Glock in the Toyota, and if Glock is capable of a Trulli-train himself, Kimi will want to put his foot down. I'm also curious to watch the battle between Alonso, Webber, Trulli and Piquet at the bottom of the top ten. We know the Renault drivers like a battle, and Alonso will be hoping to get the upper hand this weekend. Keep your eye on Vettel as well, in 11th, as the Toro Rosso has appeared strong so far in Hungary, and has whatever fuel load the team desire.

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Race day in Hungary and it's hot. According to Stuart in the comments, the track temperature is up to 35C already, and only likely to get hotter.

Event start

13:00GMT +01:00

3 August 2008