Can anyone beat Mercedes in 2020?

The F1 paddock’s burning question, to be clear, isn’t whether Mercedes can be beaten to the championship; the question is whether Mercedes can be beaten in a race at all.

Mercedes has clean swept the three grands prix, with Lewis Hamilton winning twice from pole and Valtteri Bottas once, and excepting opening-round unreliability, the German marque has been almost entirely unimpeachable.

We discuss how Mercedes won the 2020 world championship and that chicken parma. Plus who will Sebastian Vettel replace at Aston Martin: the son of the owner or the other guy?

I review the action from the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix with Ben Edwards from Channel 4.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have long exhausted the range of superlatives available to describe their various weekends of domination, and Anglo-German pairing dealt another sobering blow to those hoping for a close title fight at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was flawless throughout the weekend. His pole time was a new track record, his lap having squeezed the maximum from his W11, as evidenced by the almost full second gap between him and the closest non-Mercedes challenger, Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.

His race was similarly masterful. He grew his advantage to more than three seconds on the damp opening lap, and once he was on slicks he was untouchable, quick enough to even make a late stop for softs to take the point for fastest lap.

Lewis Hamilton has cruised to a record-equalling eighth victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take control of championship standings.

Hamilton was peerless all weekend in Budapest, setting a new track record to take his 90th career pole on Saturday and dominating the race on Sunday.

His lead stretched to almost 30 seconds over the field before a late-race pit stop for fresh tyres to set the fastest lap, which he duly captured with a new lap record. The extra point took him to a five-point lead in the championship standings over teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton seized the lead of the Formula 1 world championship with an emphatic Hungarian Grand Prix victory in Budapest. The Briton was totally unchallenged starting from pole, achieved with a new Hungaroring track record, and lapped all but the top five drivers on his way to the checkered flag.

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For the second week in a row Formula One is experiencing a weather-disrupted weekend, which means for the second week in a row the forecast for the race remains shrouded.

The Hungarian Grand Prix has faced a variable forecast from the beginning of the weekend, with heavy showers arriving between Friday practice sessions and washing out FP2. Rain threatened Saturday running but stayed away, and now on Sunday again the risk of showers is high.

One suspects several on the grid would embrace a variable race as an opportunity to make good on paltry weekends to this point.

Lewis Hamilton has taken his 90th F1 pole position with a new lap record at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Briton’s best time of 1 minute 13.447 seconds beat the previous best by more than a second on a day Mercedes was peerless over a single lap.

Hamilton’s only competition came from teammate Valtteri Bottas, who ran him close but fell just 0.107 seconds short after completing two laps apiece.

Lewis Hamilton will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from his 90th career pole position after setting a new track record at the Hungaroring. Hamilton’s time of 1m13.447s beat the previous best time around the circuit, set by Max Verstappen in qualifying last year, by 1.125s.

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Valtteri Bottas topped the FP3 leaderboard at the Hungarian Grand Prix while Red Bull Racing continued to struggle with setup just hours before qualifying.

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Sebastian Vettel led the way for Ferrari in a very wet second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, while first session pacesetter Lewis Hamilton was among those who chose not to set a time in the saturated conditions.

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Lewis Hamilton set an early dominant marker at the Hungaroring with a time sheet-topping FP1 performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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The Hungarian Grand Prix Strategy Report podcast features journalist Chris Medland.
Lewis Hamilton wins, Max Verstappen almost wins, Valtteri Bottas is cooked and Pierre Gasly is absolutely roasted. Ferrari also took part in the race but doesn't deserve a mention.
Pierre Gasly in his garage at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix.
In Formula One, as in all professions, you know you’re in trouble when even your colleagues start making fun of you.
Max Verstappen gives a thumbs up after taking pole at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen snatched his maiden pole from Valtteri Bottas for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton in his garaged car at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has set the fastest time in a rain-affected day of practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alex Albon ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Alex Albon is ready to score big after his impressive drive at the rain-affected German Grand Prix.