Honda boss knows who will win in France & Hungary

Honda sees Red Bull ahead of Ferrari at French Grand Prix. Masashi Yamamoto, formerly head of Honda’s F1 programme, believes the Formula 1 French Grand Prix will be a great opportunity for Red Bull to extend its lead over Ferrari.

On the eve of the French Grand Prix, the twelfth round of the 2022 Formula One World Championship, Red Bull leads the constructors’ standings by 56 points over Scuderia Ferrari with only two races remaining before the traditional summer break. The next two Grands Prix will be held on two completely different tracks, starting with the French GP on the fast and fluid Paul Ricard circuit before moving on to the Hungaroring in Budapest, considered by the teams to be a “little Monaco”.

 

Against this backdrop, Yamamoto believes Red Bull will have a slight advantage over Ferrari at the Paul Ricard track this weekend, while the Maranello-based team is likely to be more competitive the following week in Hungary:

“I think Red Bull will have an advantage in France, so we can’t waste this opportunity,” Yamamoto told Japanese website Autosport Web.

“It will be a crucial moment. On the other hand in Hungary, I have a feeling that Ferrari, which has good low and medium speed traction, will win. But I think Red Bull will take some steps. I would like to see them finish the last two races before the summer in good shape.”

 

 

Last year it was Red Bull driver Max Verstappen who won the French Grand Prix last year, with the Dutchman finishing ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Sergio Perez.

Max Verstappen qualified on pole, ahead of the Mercedes team’s cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. A mistake by Verstappen at the start handed Hamilton the early lead, but Verstappen regained the lead following the first round of pit stops.

 

 

Red Bull then decided to use an alternative strategy, bringing Verstappen in for a second pit stop and dropping Verstappen eighteen seconds behind Hamilton, who reassumed first place. Verstappen (who had also claimed the bonus point for fastest lap) went on to win the race after he overtook Hamilton on the penultimate lap, with the newer tyres allowing his Red Bull greater speed.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez overtook Bottas late in the race to claim third place. The result allowed Red Bull and Verstappen to extend their respective leads in the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships over Mercedes and Hamilton.

 

 

 

 

 

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