2012 Hungarian Grand Prix: Circuit Guide & Drivers View

  • 23 Jul 2012 10:00 AM
2012 Hungarian Grand Prix: Circuit Guide & Drivers View
"The first thing to say about the Hungaroring is that it can be phenomenally dull; at least it could be up until last year. For most of its 25-year history on the calendar, the tight and twisting bowl-shaped track on the outskirts of Budapest came with the reputation of regularly hosting complete snoozefests. Overtaking was (practically) impossible on the narrow track...The advent of degradation-prone Pirellis, KERS and, it has to be said a track made slippery by intermittent rain, meant that there were a whopping 54 successful overtaking moves at the Hungaroring last year. Depending on the weather we could be in for more of the same this year..." Read on for more about the F1 event this weekend, and to see a preview video.

"As for the circuit itself, it’s more like a go-kart track than anything else. Comprised of 14 corners and not much else, it only really has one straight that can legitimately call itself such – the stretch past the pits.

With an average speed of approximately 190kph it’s pretty similar to Monaco and as such requires a high downforce set-up and the teams will run as much wings as possible to get the best aero grip around the snaking track. However, you also need good mechanical grip and that’s not always easily found here. The circuit is rarely used for anything apart from track days, so the grip levels are pretty poor on grand prix Friday. It does improve across the weekend..."

Click here for more Hungaroring circuit details from Red Bull

Jenson Button of McLaren is quoted as saying, "Hungary’s a very special place for me: I won my first Grand Prix there back in 2006, I celebrated my 200th Grand Prix there on the Saturday evening with some of my oldest friends and colleagues in the paddock and I went on to win the Grand Prix on Sunday. It was the perfect weekend.

Fellow Brit and McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton says, "The current forecast is for mixed weather in Budapest, but we’re gathering more and more data on the tyres, and those conditions may give us further opportunity to overcome the issues we’ve recently encountered. I’m really looking forward to the whole weekend.”

Martin Whitmarsh, the team principal at McLaren, comments, “With the halfway point in the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship now behind us, it’s important that we head into the second half of the season with a concerted view to picking up as many points as possible in a bid to return us to the top. I firmly believe that we have the drivers, car and team to win both titles...".

“Our record at the Hungaroring is considerable: we have won there 10 times, more than any other team, and we go there with the clear aim to add an 11th victory to our tally. It certainly won’t be straightforward, but every single individual within Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is relishing that challenge.”

Main rival Pastor Maldonado at Williams says, “The track in Hungary is really slow speed and so we will need to adapt our set-up for this sort of circuit but we have shown so far this season that our car has good pace at different sorts of tracks. I have won here before so the track has good memories for me and the fans create a good atmosphere so I am looking forward to the weekend.”

Legend Michael Schumacher at Mercedes comments, “The race in Hungary is the last before the summer break and also marks the beginning of the second half of the season - which means it is time for a half-time analysis. As so often in life, this is, in my opinion, a question of perspective: if we only look at the points standings, it doesn't seem so good; but if you look a bit deeper, and at certain results, then the overall picture is much better.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend's race because I really enjoy the Hungarian Grand Prix. It's a circuit where the drivers are always busy around the lap, it's really demanding and there are barely any opportunities to catch your breath. Let's wait and see what we can achieve here, before the team heads off for a well-earned break.”

Get more quotes about Hungaroring at the official Formula 1 site

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