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Hungary to host emotional F1 weekend; Mercedes close to unusual record

This weekend the focus of F1's attention will be as much on remembering Jules Bianchi, who died on Saturday, as it will be on the racing, as the wo...

Hungary to host emotional F1 weekend; Mercedes close to unusual record

This weekend the focus of F1's attention will be as much on remembering Jules Bianchi, who died on Saturday, as it will be on the racing, as the world championship reaches the half way point.

A minute's silence will be observed before Sunday's race and no doubt all the drivers and key players will have their own personal tributes, whether they be statements in the media or logos on their crash helmets, including #ciaojules.

World championship leader Hamilton was at the funeral of Jules Bianchi yesterday and paid an emotional tribute to him today in Mercedes' race preview,

"I will be carrying Jules with me in my prayers and thoughts, not only this race but for the rest of my driving days. I know he'd want us to race hard as he did, and so I will.

"Saying goodbye to Jules was incredibly hard for everyone," said Hamilton. "For myself, I wished I had known him better. But from what I knew of him, he was a kind heart with a great spirit and a bright future. Now our sport embarks on a tough road ahead. We have been shown once more the dangers of our sport, that these should be respected and that we drivers commit ourselves to the chance that those dangers are there when we step into the car."

Although they should face a stiffer challenge from Ferrari on the Hungaroring circuit this weekend, Mercedes could be celebrating a truly amazing milestone on Sunday night.

If Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg both make it onto the podium it will be the 10th consecutive race that the team has had two drivers on the podium; something that has never happened before. It will be a new all-time record for F1, going back to 1950.

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Hamilton, meanwhile, is closing on his idol Ayrton Senna's career total of 41 Grand Prix wins. He has 38 wins currently. If he were to win three of the next four Grands Prix, he would have equalled Senna's numbers of 41 wins from 161 GP starts.

Hamilton, who is seeking his fifth Hungarian GP victory, has actually been outpointed by Nico Rosberg in the last five Grands Prix, partly a legacy of dropping from first to third in the closing stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, which handed the win to Rosberg.

But it also illustrates that despite his apparent domination of the season to date, Hamilton has not been able to shake Rosberg off.

"Everyone will be sharing the same feelings in the paddock this week - but we must race on and race hard for Jules as he would have wanted to be doing himself," said Rosberg, who also attended the funeral. "It's the final race before the team gets a well-earned break and I'll be pushing as always to give everyone something positive to take into their holidays."

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