The Hungaroring, built in 1986 and the only F1 track built behind the former “Iron Curtain” is a low grip circuit where temperatures can get quite high. The weather can be difficult too, as a rain soaked track isn’t out of the question. It is a purpose built racetrack, but has the feeling of a street circuit with slow corners and a technical layout. I’ve used the video game F1 2013 by Codemasters to show what the track looks like for the driver.

Pirelli Preview Of The Hungaroring

Pirelli will be bringing the white banded medium tyres and the yellow banded soft tyres to the Hungaroring. These tyres should perform better in the extreme heat that is known to this track. The track isn’t particularly tough on tyres, but because of the heat and the constant corners, the tyres don’t have much of a chance to cool down. This causes the wear which seems higher than normal.

Hungaroring Turn 1

Hungary is well-known for being a tricky layout, where it’s difficult to overtake and to find a perfect set-up for the whole lap. This means that strategy is especially important, as it offers a rare opportunity to gain track position. The tyres we are bringing to Hungary are a step harder, to deal with the increased demands, so we would expect the usual two pit stops – although we will only have a better idea of this once we get to free practice on Friday.Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director

The medium tyre is a low temperature range tyre, and the soft is a high range tyre, so finding the balance between the tyres come race day is crucial. In addition to the track and the corners, the tyres have an additional stress from the aerodynamic downforce on this track. Generally, Hungaroring is a high downforce track as you need the speed in the corners, not on the long front straight. Pirelli’s consultant tells us more:

It’s a track where you run maximum downforce, because of all the slow corners and low-gear acceleration, but there are also some places now where you can push to the maximum. Getting good traction remains the principal technical challenge, and most of all you need to look after the rear tyres, otherwise you end up with no grip and reduced braking. There are a few key points to know on the circuit. The second corner after the pits, for example, is a downhill left-hander that seems quick but isn’t: you need to stay on the inside to have the best line for the right-hander that follows it. And that’s the key to the Hungaroring really; every corner affects the next one.Jean Alesi, Pirelli consultant

Hungaroring Exit

So here we are at the last race before the indomitable summer break. Will Mercedes have someone knocking at their door like in Canada? Will the high heat cause other teams to succumb to this track? Some call Hungaroring a boring track as there is little passing because of it being narrow, with a lot of low speed corners. However I’m quite the opposite. Its a very technical track, like Monaco, so the correct line each lap is crucial when catching, or defending from a rival.

Join us in a month’s time for the next F1 Friday and thanks for reading my ramblings!

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Jeff Trocchio

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