26 July

Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

28th - 30th JULY
ROUND 11 OF 20
The Hungaroring is located near to the capital city of Budapest and hosted its first Grand Prix in 1986. The Williams team has had a strong run of success at the “Magyar Nagydíj” as it’s more commonly referred to in Hungary, with seven race victories, the second highest of any Formula One team. The smallest winning margin at the Hungaroring came in 1990 at the hands of Williams’ Thierry Boutsen, who won by 0.288s over Ayrton Senna.

At 4.381 km in length, the track is one of the shortest on this year’s 20-race calendar.

In 2016, the team finished the race in ninth and 18th with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa respectively but hopes for a better result with the FW40 this year following 2017’s regulations changes.

For Hungary, Pirelli has made available the medium, soft and supersoft tyres.

Number of Laps 70
Lap Distance 4.381km
Top Speed 325kph
Typical Strategy 2 or 3 stop race
Lap Record 1:19.071
Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004

Air Temperature 26°C
Air Pressure 987mbar
Humidity 40%

The Hungarian GP is a significant race. Firstly it is the last race before the summer break.
All the teams look forward to the two-week shutdown in August, so the event has a real
last-day-of-term feel about it, which we all enjoy. On top of that it is a terrific circuit set in
its own amphitheatre, meaning fans can get good views of the action from many vantage
points, which is quite unusual. The track itself is tricky technically, requiring high downforce
and great suspension characteristics. Budapest is an extremely beautiful and interesting
city. The combination of these attracts a great crowd over the weekend, not only from
Hungary, but from many countries across Europe. From our point of view, we will do our
very best to get another double points finish as we head into the summer break.

It’s always a great pleasure to race in Hungary. It’s a place that’s very important to me,
because of the fans and because of everything that happened with my accident there.
I have a lot of support from the people there. I love the place and always have a lot of
pleasure to go back to Budapest to race.

This will be the third track in a row where I have raced before, and so I know what to expect.
I was there last year in Formula 3 and had a podium position, so have some good memories.
I think it is a great track, although, like Monaco, it is very narrow with lots of corners and
not so many straights. Having said that, it is a track I like a lot, and that especially goes for
the middle sector which is quite fast with a lot of left and right turns. It has been resurfaced
recently, so the track is smooth. All in all it is a great circuit and Budapest is a cool city
where I have had some fun.

1. Sebastian Vettel German 177
2. Lewis Hamilton British 176
3. Valtteri Bottas Finnish 154
4. Daniel Ricciardo Australian 117
5. Kimi Raikkonen Finnish 98
6. Max Verstappen Dutch 57
7. Sergio Perez Mexican 52
8. Esteban Ocon French 43
9. Carlos Sainz Spanish 29
10. Nico Hulkenberg German 26
11. Felipe Massa Brazilian 23
12. Lance Stroll Canadian 18

1. Mercedes 330
2. Ferrari 275
3. Red Bull Racing 174
4. Force India 95
5. Williams Martini Racing 41
6. Toro Rosso 33
7. Haas 29
8. Renault 26
9. Sauber 5
10. McLaren 2

posted at 17:41:32 on 07/26/17 by webmaster - Category: races