Hungarian Grand Prix: pub knowledge
Things are hotting up in Budapest this weekend, and it’s not just the weather. Here’s your weekend pub knowledge, from F1 Racing magazine’s James Roberts, specifically designed to impress friends later this weekend…
Phew! What a scorcher!
While temperatures have been steadily climbing in the UK this summer, they are expected to get even hotter at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Early forecasts for Budapest predict temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius. That’s expected to cause mayhem with the tyres and severely test the stamina of the drivers. One of the hottest ever races was held in Dallas, 1984, when the track starting melting thanks to a recorded surface temperature of 66 degrees C…
In the slow lane
The 2.722-mile Hungaroring layout is more twisty than originally envisaged due to the discovery of an underground spring during construction. As a result the average lap speed is the slowest of any permanent circuit on the current Formula 1 calendar – at just 122mph. The longest time spent on full throttle is 10.2 seconds and ten of the Hungaroring’s 14 corners are taken at 96mph or below.
This race has been kind to British drivers over the years. Nigel Mansell won the 1992 world championship at this race and a year later Damon Hill took his first ever GP win at the Hungaroring. One of the most exciting races ever held here was in 2006 when Jenson Button scored his maiden – and BAR-Honda’s only – grand prix win in the wet.
Follow my leader
When Jenson Button won in 2006, he started 14th on the grid. It was an extraordinary achievement as overtaking is notoriously difficult at the Hungaroring. Last year, behind the victorious Lewis Hamilton, there were just six overtaking moves in the whole race. As a result the FIA have announced a second “DRS zone” to encourage overtaking between Turns 1 and 2.
In the break between the last grand prix in Germany, a number of F1 teams, including Caterham and Ferrari, took their cars to Moscow to demonstrate on the streets in front of the Kremlin. All was going well until Kamui Kobayashi lost control on the wet surface and crashed into the barriers. Oh, dear… See the video here:
James Roberts is associate editor of F1 Racing and is writing regular blogs around the Formula 1 season – before and after each Grand Prix
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