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2015 Hungarian Grand Prix – Preview

The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Ten, the Hungarian Grand Prix, from Budapest

Contents

  • Driver / Senior Management Quotes
    • Lewis Hamilton
    • Nico Rosberg
    • Toto Wolff
    • Paddy Lowe
  • Silver Arrows Statistics
  • Hungarian Grand Prix Week: Calendar
  • #GlobalGrandstand
  • Contacts

Driver / Senior Management Quotes

Lewis Hamilton
Saying goodbye to Jules was incredibly hard for everyone. For myself, I wished I had known him better. But from what I knew of him, he was a kind heart with a great spirit and a bright future. Now our sport embarks on a tough road ahead. We have been shown once more the dangers of our sport, that these should be respected and that we drivers commit ourselves to the chance that those dangers are there when we step into the car. We have made great progress for safety thus far and I know that the FIA will continue to make steps forward to improve even further. Hungary is a beautiful place, one of my favourites. I will be carrying Jules with me in my prayers and thoughts, not only this race but for the rest of my driving days. I know he’d want us to race hard as he did, and so I will.

Nico Rosberg
It has been a very emotional week. The drivers paid our final respects to Jules and said farewell. He was a very talented driver and a good guy. My thoughts in these days are with his family and close friends. Everyone will be sharing the same feelings in the paddock this week – but we must race on and race hard for Jules as he would have wanted to be doing himself. It’s the final race before the team gets a well-earned break and I’ll be pushing as always to give everyone something positive to take into their holidays. It’s a tough track on the driver – narrow, very twisty and usually very hot. It’s one of those circuits where you can really show your skill and that makes it a good challenge. The race here last year wasn’t ideal for me in the end – but it’s a proper circuit, in a beautiful city, with big crowds always filling the grandstands, so I’m looking forward to it and hoping bring home a stronger result this time around.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
It has been a difficult week for the motorsport family. My first thoughts go to the family and friends of Jules – the loss of a child is something for which there are no words, and on behalf of the team I send them strength for the days and weeks ahead. I personally remember the first time I heard of an incredibly talented young French guy with an Italian name back in 2007 – how he performed in his F3 rookie season in 2008, then dominated the following year to become Champion. That is how we will remember Jules: as an extraordinary Champion. And we will honour his memory by continuing to improve the safety of the drivers, team members, circuit workers and spectators under the leadership of the FIA. Now we look forward to Hungary and the final race before the mid-season break. A strong result will give us positive momentum to carry through the summer.

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
We approach Hungary determined to get a good result and to head into the summer break on a positive note. The Hungaroring is an interesting circuit – predominantly low and medium speed with a short straight, plenty of challenging corners and a lot of elevation changes. It can be tricky to find the right compromise on suspension and it’s also tough on brakes. Mostly though, it’s about cornering ability, with teams running maximum downforce. Overtaking is tough but not impossible, so when passing manoeuvres do occur they’re usually pretty special – there have been some bold, race-defining moves at the Hungaroring across the years. Through the weekend, we will also have Jules Bianchi and his family uppermost in our thoughts. Important lessons have been learned from his tragic accident last year and changes implemented to prevent that kind of accident recurring. Motorsport can never be free of risk – but these moments remind us all of the responsibility we bear to continuously improve safety in motorsport for all of its participants.

Silver Arrows Statistics

At the Hungarian Grand Prix

Silver Arrows Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Mercedes-Benz Power
Wins 1 4 0 9
Podiums 2 5 0 16
Pole Positions 2 4 1 8
Front Row Starts 2 5 1 14
Fastest Laps 1 0 1 5
Starts 4 8 9 21

 

 

 

 

 
In Formula One

Silver Arrows Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Mercedes-Benz Power
Wins 37 38 11 123
Podiums 81 79 35 340
Pole Positions 44 46 16 127
Front Row Starts 86 81 32 263
Fastest Laps 31 24 11 124
1-2 Finishes 22 N/A N/A 47
Starts 117 157 175 387
Points (Drivers) 2,092.14 1,680 1,064.5 6,632.14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Arrows Drivers

Name Wins Podiums Pole Positions Front Row Starts Fastest Laps Starts
J. M. Fangio 8 10 7 12 5 12
L. Hamilton 8 10 7 12 5 12
H. Herrmann 0 1 0 0 1 7
K. Kling 0 2 0 3 1 12
H. Lang 0 0 0 0 0 1
S. Moss 1 3 1 5 2 7
N. Rosberg 11 33 16 32 9 105
M. Schumacher 0 1 0 1 1 58
A. Simon 0 0 0 0 0 1
P. Taruffi 0 1 0 0 0 2
Total 37 81 44 86 31 252

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Hungarian Grand Prix Week: Calendar

Wednesday 22/07/15
  • Anniversary: The First Motor Race is Staged from Paris to Rouen (1894)
  • Anniversary: 100th Formula One Grand Prix Start for Lewis Hamilton (Germany 2012)
Thursday 23/07/15
  • Event: 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix Media Day
Friday 24/07/15
  • Event 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 1 / Practice 2
  • Anniversary: 50th Formula One Grand Prix Front Row for Mercedes-Benz Power (1999 Austrian Grand Prix)
  • Anniversary: 10th Formula One Grand Prix Fastest Lap for Lewis Hamilton (2011 German Grand Prix)
Saturday 25/07/15
  • Event: 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 3 / Qualifying
  • Anniversary: 25th Formula One Grand Prix Fastest Lap for Mercedes-Benz Power (1999 Austrian Grand Prix)
Sunday 26/07/15
  • Event: 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix
  • Anniversary: 300th Formula One Grand Prix Podium for Mercedes-Benz Power (2014 German Grand Prix)
  • Anniversary: 10th Formula One Grand Prix Victory for Lewis Hamilton (2009 Hungarian Grand Prix)
  • Anniversary: 10th Formula One Grand Prix Pole Position for Nico Rosberg (2014 Hungarian Grand Prix)