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Nico: “Hopefully we can give everyone something to cheer about before they go on holiday”

Nico: “Hopefully we can give everyone something to cheer about before they go on holiday”

It was an amazing feeling to take a home victory for myself and Mercedes-Benz at Hockenheim. That race and Monaco are the ones I really want to win, so I came into the weekend hoping for a good result and it worked out perfectly. My Silver Arrow was so dominant and I have to thank the team for this fantastic car. So many positive things have been happening for me in the last few weeks. Getting married was definitely the best feeling, then with the new contract, the World Cup for Germany and the weekend at Hockenheim. It’s been a very special time for me. Now we head to Hungary, which is always a really fun weekend in a lot of different ways. Budapest is a really cool city, with a lot of nice things to do in the evening with all the restaurants on the river. I often have friends come to this race as they really enjoy the place – although, of course, while they’re out partying on the Saturday night, I’ll focusing and preparing for the race! We’ve had some great after-race parties on the Sunday night in Hungary before, as it’s the last one before the summer break. Hopefully we can give everyone back at the factories and here at the circuit something to really cheer about as a reward for all their hard work before they go on holiday!

Budapest: In The Cockpit with Nico

The Hungaroring is quite a unique circuit as it is very small and narrow – almost like a street circuit, but in the form of a permanent race track. It’s really twisty, with very few straights and the left-right-left-right nature meaning you barely get any time to relax. You’re always in action, so it’s very tough on the driver. Luckily, I enjoy those sorts of challenges as it’s where you can really make a difference as a driver. You also have to really nail some of the kerbs to get the line just right, otherwise you’ll lose the rhythm and lose a lot of speed.

Budapest as a venue is also quite tough on the driver physically, as it can get very hot. Again, the lack of straights also mean you have very little time to take a breather and get some cool air rushing around you. You’re always tensed up in the cockpit, fighting all the corners, so it is pretty demanding from that perspective.

The key corners around the circuit are Turn One, which is the best place to overtake after the longest DRS straight on the track, and then I would say Turn Five. This is around the back of the circuit and comes after the very fast Turn Four – sweeping up and right for quite a long time. It’s easy to get this one wrong and you really have to hook your inside tyre into the little ditch on the inside of the apex to make it work best, so it’s tricky but a lot of fun.

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