At the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Red Bull is expected to start as the favourite, the RB19 might gain an additional "two-tenths of a second" every lap of the competition. With 10 races remaining in the 2023 season, Red Bull had already secured the championship titles because of their dominant performance. With four 1-2 finishes and nine pole positions in ten grand prix qualifying sessions this year, Adrian Newey's newest race-winning design, the RB19, has been unstoppable. Teams will be eager to introduce any last changes during the European season before transferring to next year's vehicle, given there are just two races left before the summer break. Following his most recent victory at Silverstone, Verstappen sent a threatening message to his competition by discussing the possible improvements that Red Bull may make with future upgrades.
F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: Red Bulls New Upgrade
Red Bull will reportedly debut new bodywork at the Hungaroring, including modifications to the sidepods design that will be easily noticeable to onlookers. The update will provide a significant boost for Red Bull, and it will most likely affect other areas of the car as well. To refresh your memory, the RB19 was victorious in Baku by around two-tenths of a second thanks to the aforementioned package.
After the summer break, the RB19 will likely have even more updated components. This is intentional since next year's regulations will be quite similar to this one. Logically, any further developments in knowledge in 2023 should be applicable to the 2024 Formula 1 vehicle. Since teams can only spend so much time in the wind tunnel and can only do so much in computer simulations, they opt for real-world testing wherever possible.
F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: McLaren
Now that the improved MCL60 has propelled McLaren into championship contention at Silverstone, the Hungaroring will serve as the team's actual ultimate test. At the British Grand Prix, McLaren rose from the middle of the pack to push for the top row in qualifying and maintain pressure on Max Verstappen throughout the race, adding another team to the fight for the best of the rest behind Red Bull.
The McLaren MCL60 initially struggled before dominating the field, including Ferrari, Mercedes, and Aston Martin, almost immediately after massive modifications were first introduced in Australia, then further upgrades at Silverstone. After showing up to testing and Bahrain with a vehicle they knew wouldn't cut it, McLaren patiently prepared a substantial improvement package for the MCL60 while the competition remained.
The Hungaroring, though, will be the true test. More improvements to the racing speed are on the way, but the drastically different circuit layout will put the package's adaptability to the test. The Hungaroring is a tight bowl with plenty of low and medium-speed bends, in contrast to the open and fast Silverstone.