Formula 1 World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has made
clear his intention of scoring his first Hungarian Grand Prix victory
Vettel, who led home Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain
Grosjean by one and six seconds respectively, currently leads the
championship by 34 points.
Despite having won 30 Grands Prix since 2008, the Hungaroring
circuit remains the only European track on the 2013 calendar that
Vettel hasn’t taken victory at.
“This will be our first race back on the 2012 tyres and we will see
how they respond to the demands of the long corners and high
track temperature,” the three-time Formula 1 World Champion said
to Red Bull.
“Hungary has some interesting memories for me and it was my first
F1 race with the Red Bull family.”
“Let’s hope I can add to my memories by winning there for the first
time before I go on holiday.”
Meanwhile, Australian team-mate Mark Webber was less aggressive
in his analysis of the race ahead, highlighting his record at the track
as reason to be hopeful.
“My first ever race [at the Hungaroring] was in 1998 with the
Mercedes sportscar, where we won the race,” He said.
“[It’s] been a good circuit for me over the years and I have picked up
a lot of points there, including my win in 2010.”
For the Hungarian Grand Prix, Pirelli will revert to kevlar-belt tyres
intended to replicate the reliability of the company’s 2012 tyres.
Pirelli is hopeful this change will make the tyres more resistant to
cuts and punctures.
Although originally expected to be provided with the hard and
medium compounds, teams will be given the mediums and softs for
this weekend’s race, mirroring those provided for last year’s event.
The change comes as positive news to teams Lotus, Ferrari and
Force India, who have defended the Italian manufacturer’s tyre
choices this season.
Championship leaders Red Bull and second-placed Mercedes have
opposed any changes to the current conservative lineup.