2017 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIXVIEW
In Hungary I scored the first ever PODIUM of my F1 career – I have very cool memories from that race weekend and it’s always good to go back there.
The track is a very interesting and challenging one. It’s very narrow; I describe it like a ‘MONACO without walls’. You have to get everything right and hopefully we will have a clean race there. It’s very difficult to overtake in Hungary, so it’s important to have a good qualifying.
The fans are very passionate there, it’s great to see. The SIGNING sessions are always fully-packed with people cheering us on and this is something very special to see. It’s one of the highlights of the weekend, definitely!
It’s usually quite hot there, so we need to DRINK a lot of water throughout the weekend and it’s something my physio reminds me about all the time at races like this one!
Budapest is a very nice city. I’ve been there many times – there’s a lot to see, it’s good fun and one I definitely recommend to family and friends to VISIT.
I remember there’s a WATERPARK very close to the circuit – you can see it from the track – but I’ve never actually been. If I say the truth, it’s not something that attracts me to visit, but it’s a curious thing to see while driving!
I’d say last year’s QUALIFYING in Hungary was one of my highlights of the season. I remember being P15 in FP3 and suddenly, out of nowhere, putting one of the best laps of my life together in quali, with the intermediate tyres, to end up P4 in Q2 and making it into Q3 – something nobody was expecting! I then went for it on slick tyres on a damp track and ended up P6! I enjoyed it a lot!
It’s the last race before the summer break, but you don’t think of the holidays until the weekend is over… If I say the truth, I don’t really look forward to the holidays; of course I enjoy the time off, but I’m lucky to have the job I have and I always look forward to going back to work! My office is my passion and where I enjoy myself the most! Having said that, I’m sure that on Sunday after the race I’ll start thinking about MALLORCA, the beach and seeing my friends.
Budapest is one of my favorite cities in the world – it has many historic attractions, good restaurants, the fans are also incredible there: I have a picture on Instagram where you see all the fans around me and it’s difficult to find me in the photo! This makes it a special weekend and I feel very LOVED in Hungary, I have a lot of fans there, which is nice!
The track is one I like, especially in qualifying – it’s quite an INTENSE lap! The race itself, if it doesn’t rain, isn’t so special because it’s quite difficult to overtake there; a bit like Monaco.