Teams set for final race before summer break

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The FIA F1 World Championship will visit Hungary this weekend before taking its annual summer break for a four week period, writes James Beckett.

The Hungaroring will host round ten of the 2013 season and the race for the title is finely balanced. Sebastian Vettel holds the advantage and his position at the top of the standings is more than one race win ahead of second-placed Fernando Alonso.

The Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas team will be looking to continue their run of form in Hungary, and the tight and twisty circuit should suit the Silver Arrows during qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton said this week: “I am looking forward to the Hungarian Grand Prix. Obviously the talk will all be about tyre wear again but I think we could be in a strong position for qualifying.

“Front row qualifying is all-important at the Hungaroring. Overtaking can be really difficult at the track, so it is best to be at the head of the field.”

Hamilton’s team-mate, Nico Rosberg, added: “This is the last race before we have a short break, although obviously we keep thinking ahead to the next race.

“I have scored two victories this season for Mercedes-Benz and it would be good to win again this weekend.

“My car was very strong around the streets of Monaco and this track in Hungary has many slower sections. I think we will be in good shape.”

Other local Advertiser & Review cars in the race will be driven by Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta, who will race for the Sahara Force India team, while Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne will drive the part Bicester-based Toro Rosso entries.

Ricciardo drove for the Red Bull team during last week’s Silverstone Young Driver Test, and said: “I really enjoyed driving the Red Bull.

“Sadly I made one small mistake and had a spin at Luffield but I held my hands up and said it was my fault.

“Apart from that I think it went well and I feel I am in a strong position to join the team next season.”