By Lee Dover
The wild rollercoaster ride that is Formula One 2012 is enjoying a period of calm, thanks largely to the superb steering of Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard’s victories in the European and German Grand Prix races, as well as a second-place finish in the British Grand Prix sandwiched in between, have calmed the waters of the prestigious motorsport. (http://www.formula1.com/results/driver/2012/30.html)
After all, this run of form is a complete contrast with the start of the F1 season, when just about every person who could steer a car was getting onto the winner’s podium – yep, even Venezuelan pitbull Pastor Maldonado. (http://www.formula1.com/results/season/)
However, anyone who has been on a rollercoaster will know that a rest in the action never lasts forever, with more twists and turns right on the horizon. The question then is when that next shock will arrive.
Those who are confident that Alonso will be celebrating once more at the Hungarian Grand Prix have plenty of reason for optimism.
After all, the Spaniard knows what it is like to reign on the famed Hungaroring circuit – he blitzed the field in his plucky Renault car back in 2003. Add to this the momentum Alonso has gained recently and his comfy cushion atop the driver’s rankings and many signs point towards a Spanish reign in Hungary. (http://www1.skysports.com/formula1/grandprix/hungary/results/2003)
We said most signs though, not all. That’s because it will be hard to totally ignore Jenson Button when it comes to the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Brit was the last man in F1 to have sampled the sweet taste of victory on the Hungaroring and has managed to turn a corner after a frustrating few months in the motorsport. (http://www1.skysports.com/formula1/grandprix/hungary/past-winners)
Need more convincing to back Button? Well, listen to these comments from the 2009 world champion: “We didn’t get lucky in Hockenheim because we did a great job – and that was because we all stayed strong. With some tweaks to the car and a good race weekend, it makes a big difference to my confidence. It’s also nice that it is a back-to-back weekend as well because we have the momentum to take with us.” (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/motorsport/4444842/Formula-One-news-Jenson-Button-is-ready-to-turn-up-the-heat-on-Fernando-Alonso.html)
But wait, if McLaren are starting to make improvements to their car then surely that has to be a confidence boost for Lewis Hamilton too?
The 2008 world champion has left other drivers eating his dust on the Hungaroring on two previous occasions and has the ability to make it a terrific trio on Sunday (July 27th). Well, that’s as long as that pesky McLaren pit team don’t trip over themselves again.
So here’s to more organised chaos in F1 this weekend.