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The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break

OPINION: Formula 1 is about to break up for summer 2021, with the title battles finely poised. But it’s not just the latest round of Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton that will be worth watching this weekend in Hungary, as plenty of drivers are eying big results to change the stories of their seasons so far

There are plenty of people in Formula 1 for whom August cannot arrive fast enough.

After 27 races in 55 weeks since the pandemic-delayed 2020 championship finally got underway, the 2021 summer break is being eyed hungrily. The schedule is punishing, F1’s inclination to avoid triple headers now a distant memory, with the run of 12 planned races over 15 weeks in the season’s second half (the 50% point won’t come until Saturday at Spa) still to come.

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