Racing for Jules, racing united. It’s mixed feelings going into the Hungarian Grand Prix following the tragic passing of Jules Bianchi, and heading into what’s the 30th running in Hungary.
Pirelli’s Paul Hembery talks up the race: “We go from Silverstone – one of the fastest and most flowing circuits on the F1 calendar – to the Hungaroring, which is among the slower circuits with a seemingly non-stop series of technical corners. One of the biggest challenges is the weather: it can be extremely hot in Budapest in July, and obviously this has a significant effect on thermal degradation. In order to find the right balance between performance and durability, we’ve selected the medium and soft tyres, which is the same nomination as last year. This is not always the easiest circuit to overtake on, so tyre strategy can make a real difference."
The Hungaroring is very popular among fans, with its compact layout, tight and twisted corners and good racing history. Last time around we saw Daniel Ricciardo take a win for Red Bull, and a few years back it was maiden victory for Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Not bad at all, Budapest.
Track: Hungaroring Circuit.
Race start time: 2p local time (GMT +2).
Track length: 4.381 km.
Race Distance: 306.63 km.
Selected tyres: Mediums (white) and Soft (yellow).
Tyre allocation: Soft (yellow) and medium (white).
Lap record: Michael Schumacher - 1:19.4071 (Ferrari, 2004).
2014 pole: Nico Rosberg - 1:22.715 (Mercedes).
2014 winner: Daniel Ricciardo - 1:53:05.058 (Red Bull).
The last five winners: 2014 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull); 2013 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2012 - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2011 - Jenson Button (McLaren); 2010 - Mark Webber (Red Bull).