Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are preparing for a battle for supremacy heading into the summer break, as the final chapter of the opening saga of Formula 1 in 2017 will be written at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The two drivers are separated by just a single point at the halfway point of the season and whoever comes out on top on Sunday in Budapest, will be able to relax on the beach a little more comfortably as the championship leader.
Heading to the Hungaroring, the momentum is firmly in Hamilton and Mercedes' favour. Had it not been for a headrest in Baku and a gearbox penalty in Austria, the Briton could have very well won all four races since Vettel and Ferrari's last win almost two months ago in Monaco and the Silver Arrow does appear to be edging away from the Prancing Horse in the development race too.
In recent years, however, Hungary hasn't been so kind to Mercedes. Sure the Briton claimed his first win with the team in 2013 and led a 1-2 with Nico Rosberg last year but the two years in between, while they were dominating, Daniel Ricciardo and Vettel walked away with the honours as the weather, tyres and bad luck intervened.
That should offer hope to Ferrari that they can end the recent rot and look to reset over the summer, particularly as the team has been successful on less power sensitive circuits of which Budapest certainly falls under the category of.
But to come out on top they will have to beat Hamilton at one of his most successful tracks with the 32-year-old holding the most wins of anyone with five at the Hungaroring.
Mention less power sensitive and a need for high downforce in the same sentence and Red Bull can not be kept out of the conversation. The team will be under scrutiny with the legality of their front wing being called into question but there's little doubt the progress made since Spain with the RB13 means Max Verstappen and Ricciardo will likely be in the mix.
Both had good races for different reasons at Silverstone as the Dutchman ended a barren spell of results with a fourth place finish and the Australian recovered from the back of the grid to take fifth. Though the pace
Though the pace shown didn't meet expectations at the British track, another significant upgrade package is due for Budapest as the Milton Keynes-based outfit continue their quest for a three-team fight at the front.
Entering the midfield and, in a similar vein to Red Bull, McLaren is the team to watch this weekend. This race has been targeted as one of their best opportunities for points and with the updated Spec 3 Honda engine and the known qualities of the MCL32 chassis, they could well take the battle to Force India, Renault and Haas, who are the other likely main contenders for the top 10.
Hungary is a critical race for all involved at Woking, as Fernando Alonso is likely to start seriously considering his future in the month ahead and a final decision on any change in engine supplier also likely in August.
As mentioned Force India is likely to remain a strong top 10 contender, the outfit has improved tremendously from being one that only thrived on low downforce circuits but interestingly, neither Sergio Perez nor Esteban Ocon has finished as the leading midfield runner since they finished fifth and sixth in Canada.
Haas and Renault have on the other hand with Romain Grosjean sixth in Austria and Nico Hulkenberg matching that result at Silverstone. Both teams are expected to be better suited to the requirements of the Hungaroring too, making it a titanic tussle for those final points.
Two names not mentioned are Williams and Toro Rosso. For the Grove-based team, single lap pace has been a major problem since introducing updates in Austria and, with overtaking difficult, chances of another recovery drive would be reduced should that happen again.
As for the junior Red Bull team, Carlos Sainz is a name you would throw into the hat as a top 10 contender with Daniil Kvyat not far behind, do they have the same potential in the car to match their performance from Monaco, the last circuit bearing any resemblance to Budapest, we'll have to wait and see.
Finally, Sauber will bring their own significant aero upgrade package but it's hard to see it being enough to close on the rest of the midfield with the gap growing ever wider at recent races.
Hamilton reveals rival team interest, ex
Hamilton & Mercedes confirm two-year con
Red Bull will not write off Toro Rosso's
Giovinazzi to replace Ericsson for Germa
Ricciardo anticipating grid penalty at t
Kubica: Williams' lack of pace makes not
Red Bull set to use Toro Rosso as test t
Haas & Renault aware of ever-more compet
Ricciardo: Mercedes still the 'toughest'
Pirelli confirm change in tyre naming &
F1 should reduce calendar size and makes
Hockenheim to include third DRS zone for
Bottas performing at required level desp
Alonso "has got to do something else" in
Webber certain Ricciardo will remain at
CEO Brown hoping to open up McLaren's ri
FIA announce move to end F1 mirrors cont
Gasly admits Honda engine holding back T
Hulkenberg names main threat to Renault
Vettel explains low-key profile: I'm a s
Alonso against possible extending of F1
Williams is 'dead' because of daughter C
Austin F1 chief worried Miami race could
Kubica reveals 2012 Ferrari move was agr
Mercedes to shake up technical team, Cos
Daniel Ricciardo explains key factor in
F1 should consider dropping two cars per
Why Mercedes believe current F1 engines
Toro Rosso still in the dark over Hartle
Villeneuve: Raikkonen only got 10-second
Mercedes targeting improved starts over
De Ferran identifies where his focus wil
Abiteboul: Renault would only consider A
Ross Brawn 'sure' of solution to keep Br
Haas will investigate crazy actions of F
Nico Rosberg defends Raikkonen following
Alonso has explanation why McLaren strug
Leclerc excited by Sauber potential desp
Bottas concedes Mercedes tyre gamble fai
Ricciardo baffled by Ferrari's lack of i
Haas F1 boss Steiner admits Grosjean cra
Alonso & Gasly blast quality of stewardi
Lewis Hamilton retracts Ferrari 'tactics
Vettel thrilled to have ended Hamilton's
Max Verstappen frustrated by 'tragic' po
Hamilton & Mercedes skeptical of Ferrari
British GP: Vettel triumphs as Hamilton
Hartley has 'full faith' in Toro Rosso a
Red Bull hoping tyre strategy can bring
Hamilton: Silverstone pole the "toughest
Vettel confident neck problem won't impa
British GP: Hamilton beats Vettel & Raik
British GP: Hamilton pips Raikkonen to l
Hamilton slams "unnecessary" Abbey DRS z
Vettel believes tyres will be key to kil
Hamilton expects to feel the strain arou
Verstappen more concerned by Red Bull pa
British GP: Vettel moves to the front as
Bottas takes on new Mercedes engine as a
Vettel fears Silverstone DRS could incre
McLaren recovery could take "two or ten
British GP: Hamilton sets early pace as
Liberty still have eyes on a London F1 r
Leclerc's performance opening doors for
Ricciardo keen to play the pantomime vil
Alonso denies interference as Brown clai
Hamilton ready for "special" British GP
Verstappen still has F1 title hopes afte
Ferrari has engine advantage, say rivals
Lack of Hamilton announcement the only h
Aston Martin offer bleak update on possi
Boullier resigns as McLaren racing direc
Silverstone gets unique DRS zone for Bri
Mercedes back strategist Vowles but Red
Formula 1 needs drivers like Alonso on t
Horner hails collective Red Bull effort
Raikkonen concedes Ferrari pushed "too l
Grosjean breathes sigh of relief as Haas
Ricciardo keeps chin up on "perfect day"
Alonso reveals Austrian GP points came w
Vettel left wanting more despite "positi
Ecstatic Verstappen reveals the difficul
Hamilton wants Mercedes improvement in a
Austrian GP: Max Verstappen gives Red Bu
Bottas vows not to back down as he looks
Grosjean desperate to end pointless stre
Vettel slapped with three-place grid pen
Red Bull drivers involved in towing spat
Austrian GP: Bottas snatches first pole
Leclerc-to-Ferrari "as good as done", bu
Kubica only eyeing future Williams seat
Austrian GP: Vettel pips Hamilton in ver
Vettel hopeful Saturday gains can close
Hamilton hails Mercedes updates, but wor
Austrian GP: Hamilton remains ahead in d
Leclerc trying to focus on now amid rumo
Hamilton keen to experience upgraded Mer
Ferrari drivers among those skeptical of
Austrian GP: Hamilton & Bottas lay down
German GP set to remain a biannual event