Hungary for the win

When you’re an F1 driver in contract negotiations, there’s nothing like winning a race to raise your share price. As Mark Webber’s just found out: Red Bull have retained his services for 2010.

I’m not convinced he would have been a shoe-in for the seat had he not, finally, taken the chequered flag in Germany the other week for his first F1 win, but that’s not an issue any more.

The other good thing it will do for Red Bull, is that Webber is a great foil for his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Webber keeps Vettel honest and pushes him, whereas a less experienced driver would allow the German to not constantly be on his game.

It’s going to be an interesting race in Hungary this weekend for the two Red Bull drivers, but the Brawns are threatening to come back strong.

They’ve got another aero update on the car this weekend, and the hot weather in Budapest will suit the Brawn cars a lot better.

They’ll get the tyres working properly, unlike what we’ve seen in the previous two outings.

So it’s likely to be another Brawn-Red Bull head-to-head, but the resurgent McLarens – and maybe even the Ferraris – will be up there in the mix, too.

Webber thinks this weekend and the following Euro GP – after F1’s three-week summer break – are the most important of the year.

So it’s sure to be a good ’un.

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