Mercedes needs to be "flawless" to beat Red Bull in Hungary

Mercedes believes that only a 'flawless' weekend for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will allow it to head off Red Bull and end a run of recent frustrations at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Mercedes needs to be "flawless" to beat Red Bull in Hungary
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid celebrates at the end of the race
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates in parc ferme
Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid celebrates parc ferme

The Hungaroring is the only venue on the calendar that Mercedes has not won at since the turbo hybrid rules came in in 2014.

In that first year, Daniel Ricciardo was superb as he came through the field to grab victory for Red Bull, while last season Sebastian Vettel was in a class of his own to win for Ferrari.

Mercedes is well aware that the tight-and-twisty layout is perfect for the strengths of the Red Bull package, which is why it is cautious about its chances for this weekend.

Motorsport boss Toto Wolff said: "This circuit has not been kind to us over the past two years and it plays to the strengths of our rivals.

"The Red Bull, for example, is a car that functions well where high drag isn't penalised as much as at other types of circuit.

"So, in wet conditions and at low-speed circuits such as the Hungaroring, they are a major threat. We will need to be flawless to come out on top at this track."

Hamilton fired up

Although the team is keeping its hopes in check, both drivers are upbeat about their prospects, especially Hamilton, who is on a high after his British GP success.

"It's a wonderful feeling, winning in front of your home crowd. I'm still buzzing from it now and looking forward to carrying those positive vibes into the next race weekend," he said.

"Ever since the low of Barcelona I've been able to cultivate this really strong mental attitude and I'm really feeling that fire inside me right now.

"Of course, I have good days and bad days like everyone else. But whatever the case, I'm able to turn negatives into positives when it counts. I'm feeling fresh, feeling powerful and feeling confident heading to Hungary.

"It's a track that for some reason has always suited my style and I have incredible support there, so I can't wait to get to out on track. The past couple of years I haven't had the smoothest weekends in Budapest, of course. But I know I've got the pace, so I'm gunning to turn that around this time."

Rosberg added: "The battle is on with Lewis and I'm feeling great in myself and great in the car, so bring it on! I can't wait for the next battle between us in Budapest.

"It's a tough circuit that really tests you as a driver and a challenge I really enjoy, so I'm looking forward to an exciting and hopefully successful weekend!"

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