Wolff expects Ferrari and Red Bull to provide tough competition in Hungary
Hamilton will go head-to-head with Vettel again this weekend. The Mercedes chief is worried despite Hamilton being 17 points ahead following his 66th career win.
Hamilton too is feeling the pressure, even greater than he has ever experienced before, yet he remains confident, as he expressed;
“The pressures are huge. The demands and the desires of myself and Sebastian are higher than ever.
“The pressure is higher than ever. I am not fazed by it. I am excited by it.”
Hamilton, who said his drive to victory from 14th on the grid was one of the greatest of his career, said: “I do take a lot of pride in being a perfectionist and not making mistakes. With the pressure we are under, I really work hard to position myself mentally and physically that I am the last to crack. It is not easy but I am happy with where it is right now.”
Wolff is also happy with where they stand going into the Hungary GP; “We’ve had our fair share of bad luck this season, but it felt like our fortunes turned around in Hockenheim,” Wolff told Mercedes’ official website.
“A one-two is always a great result. To get it on Mercedes home turf after starting from P2 and P14 on the grid was absolutely incredible.
We all know that no prizes are given out for half-time champions, so we will keep pushing to improve our performance.
“Hungary will see another tough fight with both Ferrari and Red Bull. It’s a high downforce track and on paper they should both be very fast in Budapest.
“However, if there’s one thing the German Grand Prix taught us, it’s the fact that predictions don’t determine race results.
“We will give it everything to go into the summer shutdown with as many points as possible.”
Hot weather is expected in Hungary with temperatures forecasted to exceed 30 degrees but there remains to be a risk of rain during Saturday’s qualifying session.
The forecast for race day indicates no chance of rain at the moment, and as the cloud lightens air temperatures will reach 33C. This should be similar to what the drivers encounter when they make their race preparations on Friday afternoon.
The Hungarian Grand Prix: Fri 27 Jul – Sun 29 Jul 2018
Practice 1: Fri 11:00 – 12:30
Practice 2: Fri 15:00 – 16:30
Practice 3: Sat 12:00 – 13:00
Qualifying: Sat 15:00 – 16:00
Race: Sun 15:10 – 17:10
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