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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari, Formula One, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz Jr. (Photo courtesy of Arthur Thill) Getty Images/ATPImages ) Ferrari’s disaster at the Hungarian Grand Prix gives them little hope of ending their long Formula One driver and constructor world championship droughts. Following a disappointing French Grand Prix, Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring was supposed to be Ferrari’s comeback race, one in which they would close the 82-point gap to Red Bull in the Formula 1 constructor standings and Charles Leclerc would close the 63-point gap to Max Verstappen in the driver standings. They looked like they were going to do just that throughout the rest weekend and even most of Sunday’s 70-lap race around the 14-turn, 2.722-mile (4.381-kilometer) Budapest road course, as the nature of the course is practically tailored to the strengths of the F1-75. However, another strategy blunder dropped Leclerc from a potential race-winning position to sixth, and teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. could only finish fourth after seemingly losing the pace he had shown all weekend. Meanwhile, Verstappen won the race after starting in tenth place. He had never started outside of the top four in his previous 27 Grand Prix victories, and despite a spin during the race, he was able to take the checkered flag from row five. It was another weekend filled with “When I die, I want Ferrari strategists to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one more time.” Red Bull now has a 97-point lead over Ferrari in the constructor standings, and Verstappen has an 80-point lead over Leclerc in the driver standings. Ferrari’s 2022 season has been marred by errors, whether on the reliability, strategy, or driver front. Despite these shortcomings, they can legitimately claim to have the fastest car on the grid, having taken eight pole positions to Red Bull’s four thus far. While race pace and single-lap pace can tell different stories, Leclerc has also retired while leading three times. However, things got worse for Ferrari after the 13th race of the 22-race season, the final race before the summer break. WynnBET now has Verstappen as the -1000 favorite to win the world championship this year, which means that a successful $1,000 bet would only net you $100. He was in the -300 to -400 range prior to the race. They have Leclerc as the second favorite, but as a massive underdog at +750, which means that a $100 bet would win $750 if it was successful. He was in the +250 to +400 range prior to the race. The odds for the remaining contenders are as follows. +4000 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes +4000 George Russell, Mercedes +7500 Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari Sergio Perez, Red Bull: +10000 In terms of the constructor battle, things are looking up for the Prancing Horse, but they aren’t looking good. -750 for Red Bull +600 Ferrari +1100 for Mercedes The Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is set to resume action on Sunday, August 28. Will this be the last Formula One race held at Spa?