The F1 juggernaut has arrived at Hungaroring in Hungary under a dark cloud following the passing of F1 driver Jules Bianchi on 17 July following head injuries he sustained in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in October last year. A minute of silence will be observed in memory of the French driver before the start of the race.
Lewis Hamilton comes in as the overwhelming favourite to win this race due to his great form at this circuit in recent years. He has won the Hungarian Grand Prix thrice in the last six years. However, last season saw Daniel Ricciardo record a surprise win on a wet circuit, but with the Red Bulls lacking power this year, it will be difficult to see them challenging at the front yet again.
Williams and Ferrari will continue their battle to be the best of the rest, and could challenge the Mercedes duo. The Frank Williams owned team almost caused an upset at the British Grand Prix and will be keen to reassert their place as the second quickest car behind the Silver Arrows team.
Where to watch live
The first practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix starts at 9am BST, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.
Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.
Live coverage of the second practice session starts at 1pm BST.
- Circuit name: Hungaroring
- First F1 Race: 1986
- Circuit length: 4.381km
- Number of laps: 70
- Race distance: 306.63km
- Lap record: 1.19'071 (M Webber – 2013)
- Most wins: M Schumacher & L Hamilton (4)
- 2014 winner: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing)
- 2014 pole: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
Drivers' Championship review
Lewis Hamlton (194 points) managed to increase the gap on teammate Nico Rosberg (177 points) to 17 points following his victory at the British Grand Prix. It was a much needed win for the Briton, who is being kept honest by his teammate in the battle for the Drivers' Championship.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (135 points) is 59 points ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen (76 points), who has lost his fourth place in the championship to Williams' Valtteri Bottas (77 points). The Williams driver has been impressive in the last couple of races and almost caused an upset at the last race in Great Britain, until a bad call from his team robbed him of a chance of victory.
Felipe Massa (74 points) is not too far away from the battle for fourth place and is only three points behind his teammate. Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo (36 points) and Daniil Kvyat (27 points) are in seventh and eighth place, respectively.
Force India's Nico Hulkenburg (24 points) has taken over ninth place after a tremendous drive in Austria with Romain Grosjean (17 points) rounding out the top 10.
Constructors' Championship review
Mercedes (371 points) have extended their lead over Ferrari (211 points) at the top of the table with yet another one-two finish at the British Grand Prix and currently lead the Maranello-based team by 160 points.
However, Ferrari's lead over third place Williams (151 points) has been reduced to 60 points owing to their double points finish in Austria. Red Bull (63 points) are fourth. Force India (39 points) have moved up to fifth place, with Lotus (29 points) taking over sixth. Sauber (21) failed to score points at Silverstone, which sees them occupy seventh spot.
McLaren-Honda, had their second points scoring race of the season at Silverstone. They have to thank the rate of attrition, which is what helped Alonso finish in 10th place and grab the last point.