The Formula 1 race teams come to Mogyoród this weekend as the second part of the season kicks off with the 11th race at the Hungaroring. A lot of tension and excitement can be expected on the track, which is “like Monaco without walls” according to the pilots of Toro Rosso.
Most of the times, the Hungaroring is defined as a traditional track. According to the official website, the track that was built three decades ago used to be a curiosity due to the fact that it was the first track behind the iron-curtain, while its curiosity today is that it is the third track (after Monte-Carlo and Monza) that is always included in the racing schedule.
Legendary moments, like the victory of Nelson Piquet at the first ever race, the misfortune of Damon Hill, the battles of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, Jenson Button’s victory in rain, or the four and five triumphs of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton can all be connected to the Hungaroring and the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The track was originally 4014 metres long, but it was reconstructed to 4381 metres in 2003. Most people say that the track is dusty and the race is burning. But then they add that it is one of the toughest races for the pilots. Winning is a real challenge on the technical, serpent-like track, which lacks straight sections. Still, teams love this traditional track, which represents the classic style.
According to Motorsport.com, it is currently Sebastian Vettel who is in the lead, but he’s only one point ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas is slowly catching up to them. Regarding the race of the teams, Mercedes seems to be very secure in the leading position, but Ferrari might be able to take over control at the Hungaroring, because the track might favour their cars. At the same time, the Mercedes team is not too worried, because it is still Lewis Hamilton who is the most successful pilot of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Something else that made F1 lover hearts beat faster was the announcement about Renault entering the returning Robert Kubica for the second test day at Hungaroring. It’s going to be the perfect opportunity to see what kind of role he can play in the team in the upcoming years.
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Source: http://hungaroring.hu/, https://hu.motorsport.com/