2016 HUNGARIAN & GERMAN GRAND PRIXVIEW
“I enjoy racing in Hungary. Just like they did in Austria this year, the circuit in Budapest has also been resurfaced, so all our references will have to be reset.
You arrive at Turn 1 at high speed, so you need to brake hard – from 300 to 80kph in about 80 metres. You then get to Turn 2, where you always experience some understeer, which makes it difficult to turn the car into the corner.
Turn 3 should be flat in qualifying and Turn 4 is a very high-speed completely blind corner taken in 6th gear. Turns 6 and 7 form a very slow chicane, followed by a medium-speed and then a high-speed one. So this is a section formed by three chicanes that progressively get quicker and our car should be good here.
The last three corners of the circuit are difficult, all in third gear. The second sector is the most interesting and enjoyable one to drive. I also think that our car should be strong here, so I’m looking forward to the weekend.”
“The last time I raced here in 2014, I qualified 8th which wasn’t bad, but unfortunately I had to retire from the race with an ignition problem.
It’s an interesting track, starting with Turn 1 which is a very high-speed corner and can be quite tricky on the opening lap. The exit of Turn 3 is where you need really good traction, especially in the race and after
Turn 4 you drive down the long curved straight – time for a beer and a sausage… it’s so long!
The hairpin at Turn 6 is a good place to try and overtake, but you have to keep an eye in your mirrors as it’s also a good place to be overtaken! Another nice part of this circuit is Turn 12 – the stadium section, where you need to be brave to get it right. There’s usually a great atmosphere here with a very noisy crowd.
Turn 13 has positive camber and it’s good to carry a lot of speed here while, in contrast, Turn 16 has negative camber. If I have to choose the corner I enjoy the most, that’s Turn 12.”