F1 returns after Jules Bianchi’s funeral
Just days after the sport gathered in Nice to say farewell to the late Marussia driver, Formula One arrives in Hungary for the last race before the four-week summer break.
The mood is understandably solemn among teams and fans, with tributes planned over the weekend. The FIA has retired car 17 – Bianchi’s racing number – as a mark of respect, and there will be a minute’s silence held before the start of the grand prix on Sunday.
The world championship itself feels almost inconsequential at a time like this, although the contenders will have to focus nonetheless. Lewis Hamilton stated that Jules would “want us to race hard as he did”, with others promising to do just that as well.
With the next race nearly a month away in Belgium, a good result here could give drivers a psychological lift going into the second half of the season.