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28 Jul 2013 Budapest, Hungaroring
The last corner’s very good; it goes on for a long time and the drivers have to get the power down well before the exit. The top chicane is also good. It’s narrow, so you have to be precise with your line.
Turn 5: a long uphill right-hander. Very tricky from apex to exit due to a couple of significant bumps and the track falls away at the exit, which induces oversteer.
Turn 8: a really important corner, which sets you up for the section that brings you back towards the pits and the paddock. It’s narrow and fourth gear, so accuracy is vital.
Turn 14 (last corner): a very challenging corner from apex-to-exit because it’s bumpy.
||28 Jul 2013
|No. of laps
||1:19.071 – M Schumacher (2004)
This grand prix is the only race in a seven-week period during the summer. It’s going to feel weird to have so much down time during what is usually a busy period, so we’ll all be hungry to get going when we arrive in Hungary.
The Hungaroring is a technical, busy little track, and there’s always a good atmosphere. There’s quite a mixed fanbase: a lot of Poles used to turn up in support of Robert [Kubica] and the Finnish contingent will be quite large this year thanks to Kimi [Raikkonen] and Valtteri Bottas.
Grip levels change quite a bit over the weekend, so the drivers need to be on their game. The asphalt is very slippery to begin with, but it rubbers in quickly and lap times improve by three or four seconds from the beginning to the end of the weekend. To be quick, you need a car with sensational downforce.
The track’s very bumpy in places, so you have to grab it by the horns and really attack. The car leaves the deck a few times, so you have to be comfortable with the car moving around underneath you, otherwise you’re in trouble. You’re also better on the clean side of the grid because this is one of the worst dirty sides of the year due to the dust and dirt off-line. Odd numbers are beneficial.
Adding to the allure of this race is Budapest. It’s a historic city; it has lots of culture and some great food. Good looking people too.
AS A MATTER OF FACT…
- Mark finished eighth in Hungary last year, meaning he entered the summer break lying second in the world championship.
- Mark’s first points’ finish at the Hungaroring came in 2003, when he finished sixth for Jaguar.
- In 2009 he finished third; in 2010 he won the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and in 2011 he came fifth after a mid-race pitstop for intermediate tyres hampered his strategy.
- The Hungaroring is the only racetrack in the world to have a water park within its confines. Many GP2 drivers have been spotted on the slides, but Mark has yet to don his swimming trunks. Perhaps this year?
- Zsolt Baumgartner, a former rival of Mark’s in Formula 3000, is the only Hungarian to have
raced in Formula One. He drove for Jordan in 2003 and Minardi in ’04.