"Technically the circuit is quite tricky as it is a mix of fast and slow corners and even though the cars run with maximum downforce you have to get the setup right for the quick and the slow stuff" - Heikki Kovalainen
"It’s a challenging circuit for a few reasons. First, it’s pretty physical as it’s usually very hot, and second it's a very technical track with tight sections so you need the right setup for each session on track. Physically, despite the heat, it isn’t too bad although you need some serious concentration behind the wheel for all 70 laps of the race!" - Vitaly Petrov
"The Hungaroring is traditionally a high downforce circuit, and it requires almost the same level as Monaco. This is mostly because of the time the drivers spend cornering compared to the time they spend on the straights. So the main focus is on downforce. The difference to Monaco is that the corners - mainly slow and medium speed - are flowing." - Giampaolo Dall’Ara
"It’s such a slow and twisty track that you there are two things most of all which are really important for fast lap times; these are good turn-in and good traction. If you have those, you have a competitive car there" - Kimi Raikkonen
"The Hungaroring has the second lowest average speed of the year, after Monaco. The high number of corners and lack of straights means one lap is taken at just over 180km/h, therefore requiring extremely good low speed torque response" - Remi Taffin, Renault
One of the circuits in the calendar that requires higher amount of downforce and perhaps could extract a lot from the driver both physically and mentally. The 4.3-Kilometer circuit greatly inspired by Monaco and often called by some as the ‘Monaco without walls’ does not have the liking of many due to its demands which is one of the toughest in the calendar. With 16 turns, The best overtaking spot in the circuit is the start/finish line. The circuit is almost green and can be quite dusty even as the weekend progresses. But this weekend might be different with rain said to play a part. With this being the final race before the summer break, All the Teams will be itching to end the season on the high note.
"Of course, 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" - Jenson Button
"The Hungaroring is the permanent Monaco and a circuit where I have very good memories since I achieved a podium there in 2006. I’m really looking forward to going this year because it’s a circuit where our car should adapt pretty well, as there are many slow corners" - Pedro de la Rosa
The circuit saw its first wet race in 2006 which is still remembered by many, Thanks to the impressive performance and fall outs over the course of the race. Jenson Button won the race in an event that saw only 4 drivers out of the 22 to finish on the lead lap. Pedro de la Rosa, Nick Heidfeld and Rubens Barrichello were the drivers who followed Jenson Button and were on the lead lap. Then the title contenders Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher crashed out with Mechanical failures and Robert Kubica was disqualified after his car failed to meet the minimum weight requirements. It is also interesting to note that out of the 10 drivers to retire in the race, 5 drivers suffered mechanical or engine failures. 2006 is not only time when the Team’s suffered reliability issues, there has been several instances in the past when the Team’s were tested with reliability of their cars during the weekend. Ironically although the circuit is quite close and demanding, there has been only two instances in the last 7 years when the Safety car was deployed. So Teams never have to depend on Safety car in terms of their strategies. Speaking of strategy, Ideally two stops if not three will be seen. From the other races this season, Just a one stop strategy won’t be on the cards for many teams.
"It’s a familiar story; we need to achieve a good qualifying performance. We have a few updates coming which is good news and I’m sure we are going to be better than we were last time out" - Romain Grosjean
"We haven’t been the best in qualifying so far, but we have been good in the race in hot conditions and able to make different strategies work. It won’t be the end of the world if we don’t qualify at the front, but it won’t make things easy for us either" - Kimi Raikkonen
The ideal dark-horses for this weekend are Sauber and Lotus and they might do well in this twisty and slow demanding circuit. Should they have a better qualifying pace which is something both the teams have been struggling, one of them is certainly bound for a win.
"We will continue to dial in the new device that we ran in Hockenheim with Kimi. Despite the difficult weather conditions, we did get a good feel of its performance potential from the free practice session and we aim to take it on a step at the Hungaroring" - James Allison, Lotus Technical Director
Updates are on the cards for few Top Teams. Lotus will be looking forward to re-run their double DRS system and would be interesting to see whether as to they will be implemented in their cars this weekend. Although that ‘Interesting’ update would aid the team to gain few extra tenths im races held after summer break. The basic idea would be to implement the update if they do generate the data that they expect which is all due to closely contested races of Formula 1. Mclaren have also promised to update their MP4-27 and should be focusing on getting one of their drivers to win the race. Williams is also another Team that are scheduled to introduce few more bits to their FW34. The battle between these three Teams is pretty clear with Lotus clearly setting their sights on Mclaren who had a downfall prior to Germany. Although Mclaren with their updated MP4-27 would be setting their sights on the podium, even they know that Lotus is quite a strong car in the race and with a good qualifying they will be pretty hard team to beat while the Grove based team will be doing all it can to extend their lead over the Anglo Indian outfit which is sending out mixed signals to the weekend.
Ferrari would be helping out Alonso to extend his lead over his competitors but they don’t have an impressive stat at this place. With only 5 wins out of which 3 have come in the last 10 years. Ferrari would be looking to better that stat. Speaking of the stats, Jenson will be the likely winner if it rains. Out of the two times it rained here, It was Jenson who won the race and if Jenson wins it would anyway aid Alonso for now.
Red Bull have known to perform well in this type of Scenarios but the crucial point being the Engine Mapping rule which was implemented after the last race might play against the Austrian Team. No one is exactly sure as to how that rule would affect this team which has seen a performance boost post Valencia.
"I’ve only raced once in Hungary, in 2005, and I remember it being quite a technical and challenging track. Seven years have passed since then so I’m going to have to work hard and make the most of the practice sessions to get used to the track" - Narain Karthikeyan
Other Teams off the main radar are having set to complete their objectives ahead of the summer break. With the major team being Mercedes which has seen a recent slump and with their driver Schumacher admitting at Germany that 7th spot is the best he could compete for. With such a slump and this track not traded for them, They would be itching to go away with few handful of points as their real fun should start post the season break with some low downforce circuits on the calendar that will yield to their car strength and should help them generate a gap to the now aggressive swiss team. Caterham meanwhile would be hoping for one dry Friday session to further optimize the update package they got at Silverstone, they are one of the few Teams against the rain which might make its presence felt on Friday practice sessions for the third time in the last three races. Toro Rosso would be looking for restructuring their technical staffs post the summer break with their team facing a huge slump this season. Marussia would be eager to sort out their issues surrounding Timo Glock while HRT would be eager to eager for a good race with their car adapting well to this kind of type of circuits. Two test drivers would be filling in for the main drivers in the first practice session on Friday. Jules Bianchi and Dani Clos will be taking over Nico Hulkenberg and Narain Karthikeyan with the latter having driven at this circuit only one in 2005 and this should make things pretty hard for the Indian