“The RB6 was pretty solid at Monaco earlier this year, so there’s every reason to think that it will be competitive in Hungary this weekend. The Hungaroring might lack the glamour of Monaco, but there are many technical similarities between the two tracks, such as they’re twisty, bumpy and dirty off-line.
“Such is the rate of development in F1 that the cars have changed quite a lot since Monaco. We’ve put a lot of upgrades on the RB6, so I hope to fight for my fourth win of the season on Sunday.
“I expect Ferrari, and to a lesser extent McLaren, to be our closest challengers. The red cars deserved their one-two in Germany last weekend because they had the quickest car and I don’t see that performance as a one-off. And don’t forget that Alonso was very fast in Monaco, until he crashed in Saturday morning practice and damaged his chassis. He’s also very quick around the Hungaroring; he won his first race at the track in 2003 and he was on pole there last year.
“The Hungaroring isn’t used much during the year, so it’s going to be very slippery off-line. That makes the dirty side of the grid even more of a disadvantage than normal, so the easiest thing will be to qualify on pole position and disappear into the distance in the race!
“If you can get out front, you’re looking pretty good because it’s very difficult to overtake here. There’s only one realistic overtaking place, into Turn 1, and you’re heavily reliant on the person in front making a mistake through the previous corner to make a move stick.
“It would certainly be good to go into the summer break on the back of a good result, and, not only that, it would be a good way to mark my 150th race in Formula One. I’m not a great one for statistics, but that’s quite a milestone – particularly when Melbourne 2002 seems just like yesterday! Time flies. Let’s hope I can celebrate on the podium on Sunday.”
Mark Webber is the Team Principal of MW Arden, a three car team in the new GP3 series supporting European Grands Prix.