Welcome to the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, held at the Hungaroring. Temperatures this weekend are set to peak in the 40s, so graining shouldn’t be a concern for the teams, but with Pirelli deciding to bring softer compounds than originally planned, Sunday could be a race between those who can conserve their rubber best.
Previous winners at the Hungaroring include Lewis Hamilton (2012, 2009, 2007), Jenson Button (2011, 2006), Mark Webber (2010), Kimi Raikkonen (2005) and Fernando Alonso (2003).
German Grand Prix Recap
Sebastian Vettel finally secured a home victory after being chased to the flag by Kimi Raikkonen in the dying stages of the race. Romain Grosjean secured his first points since this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, coming home to take the final podium position.
After a disappointing qualifying result, Fernando Alonso took the flag in fourth position, seven seconds behind the championship leader.
After securing pole, Lewis Hamilton fell to fifth by the end of the race. The Mercedes driver was very vocal throughout the race about his complaints toward the degrading Pirellis he was suffering on.
Jenson Button scored a strong sixth for the struggling McLaren squad after a move to a two-stop strategy and Mark Webber took advantage of the safety car period to recover from two laps down after a pit-stop mishap to come home seventh.
Sergio Perez followed his team-mate’s lead and came home eighth in front of the two Nicos Rosberg and Hulkenberg in ninth and tenth.
Teams will this weekend be provided with the Soft and Medium compound tyre sets, and well as the mandatory Intermediate and Full-Wet compounds.
It will be the third time this season this combination has been supplied to the teams; they have previously been brought for this year’s German and Chinese Grands Prix.
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.
Drag Reduction System
DRS will be available to drivers between turns 13 and one, as well as between turns one and two. 2013 will be the first time the Hungaroring has featured two DRS zones during a Formula One Grand Prix weekend. Unlike most venues with two DRS zones, the Hungaroring will feature only a single detection point, meaning the driver a second behind entering the start-finish straight will also be able to utilise the system after the first corner.
High temperatures are expected all weekend, with the BBC forecasting a maximum of 38°C to greet the drivers for Sunday’s race.