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Hungarian Grand Prix 2021

Hill reveals which driver could be stunning at the Hungarian GP

Whilst much discussion still surrounds title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen going into the Hungarian Grand Prix, Damon Hill has selected another driver as one to watch.

Norris Hamilton
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Damon Hill believes that Lando Norris could be the one to watch at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

McLaren remain in the battle for third place in the Constructors' Championship with Ferrari, who had a particularly good result at the British Grand Prix when Charles Leclerc finished in second. However, Hill thinks that McLaren could have the momentum at the Hungaroring and that this could see Norris putting in a very strong performance.

"I tell you who could be absolutely stunning, is McLaren," Hill told the F1 Nation podcast. "I think Lando could be on fire in Hungary. I think it could be just their kind of track, in qualifying anyway.

"The kind of car they've got is generating good downforce, usable downforce in a way that makes Hungary suited to it."

Norris has been one of the standout drivers of the 2021 F1 season so far, and remains the only driver to have scored points at every race. The season did not get off to such a good start for teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who arrived for his first year with McLaren following two seasons with Renault.

There were signs of improvement at Silverstone, with Ricciardo finishing in fifth just behind Norris in fourth. However, Hill thinks we will have to wait and see whether the Australian is able to carry this form through to the Hungaroring, which poses a very different challenge.

"[Hungary] is going to suit Lando's abilities. We'll see whether Daniel has got any more of an insight into how the car works for his own liking," the 1996 Formula 1 World Champion said.

"He seemed happier with it at Silverstone, but you cannot compare Silverstone to Hungary almost in any way whatsoever.

"We're going from the hardest compound [tyre] to the softest compound, and we're going to a circuit with long 180 degree corners, slower maximum or minimum speeds in the corners.

"It's all about getting that car to stick in the apex and stay there and be able to get on the power and just let it flow, because you're almost always in a corner in Hungary."

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