What we’re saying about the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary

27-28-29 July 2012

All you need to know >>> Race date 29 July…Laps 70…Circuit length 4.381 km…Race distance 306.630 km…14 corners, 8 right-handers,   6 left…Circuit direction clockwise…Lap record 1:19.071 (Michael Schumacher – 2004)…The Hungarian Grand Prix made its debut on the Formula 1 calendar in 1986 as the first Formula 1 race behind the Iron Curtain…attracted 200,000 spectators to its inaugural race and has become an increasingly solid fixture ever since… Circuit hallmarks – often compared to Monaco because of its tight and twisty configuration…the slowest permanent circuit on the calendar…Tyre nomination Pirelli PZero Medium and PZero Soft, just like Germany…

Round 11 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship sees the Marussia F1 Team heading deeper into Europe to Hungary for the last race before the sport’s summer break. The venue for the Hungarian Grand Prix is the Hungaroring, located just outside the lively and seriously stylish capital city of Budapest.


Timo Glock, Driver #24

“I’ve always had a bit of a special feeling about the Hungarian Grand Prix, to the point where it almost feels like a second home race. I have quite a lot of fans, particularly since I got the first podium finish of my F1 career there in 2008. Every time, I look forward to going there because for some reason I always seem to come to terms with the track very quickly and I’ve always enjoyed good races because of that. I think the weather will be a lot hotter – and drier – than in Hockenheim; sometimes the heat can be quite fierce, a little like Valencia. Physically it can be quite exhausting because of this, especially if it continues all weekend. It’s a back to back with Germany, so a tight turnaround for the team who have to cope with the heat as well. We all have the summer break to look forward to though; we all love to race but it has been a very demanding season so far and we need to get ourselves ready for ‘2012 – Part Two’.”

Charles Pic, Driver #25

“I came away from Hockenheim with a positive feeling. It is reassuring that the new package seems to have been performing consistently in Silverstone and Germany. For this reason I’m happy that we go to Hungary directly because we have everything fresh in our mind and we can see how well the car is suited to another different type of track. I really enjoyed the Hungaroring on the four occasions that I raced there in other series and had a good performance there last year in GP2, so I am comfortable with the circuit already, which always helps. After that, everyone in the team deserves to have a nice break to prepare for the many long haul races which follow later in the year, so I hope we can have another positive race this weekend.”

John Booth, Team Principal

“Whilst we aim to get to the bottom of the problems Timo has experienced with his car, we shouldn’t let that overshadow the otherwise positive route we appear to be taking with our development overall. We have had two races with the new aerodynamic package and the signs are that it is performing consistently and in line with the targets we set for ourselves relative to the other teams around us. Let’s hope we can make it three out of three in Budapest, to provide further confirmation. This week provides a challenging turnaround for the team with just a few days to transport our trackside operation across Europe and be up and running for Thursday. It’s a track and city that we’ve come to enjoy over the past couple of years though. In terms of the racing challenge, the circuit is always very dusty due to lack of use throughout the rest of the year, so it will take a little time to clean up. Timo enjoys the tight and twisty nature of the track and Charles is also reasonably familiar with it from previous formulae. We’re looking forward to the final race before the summer break, after which we will turn our minds to the second half of the season.”