The third of the 2011 season’s four sets of back-to-back races continues this weekend in Budapest with Round 11 of the Formula One World Championship, the Hungarian Grand Prix, taking place at the Hungaroring.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will be the 100th race for the Mercedes 2.4 litre V8 engine. The Hungarian Grand Prix has been won from pole position just once in the past five years (Hamilton in 2007). Ten of the Hungaroring’s 14 corners are taken at 155 kph or below. The average lap speed of 196 kph is the lowest of any permanent circuit on the calendar.
As Ross points out: “An extremely busy few weeks for the team come to a conclusion with the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest next weekend, before the well-deserved break of the summer shutdown gives the opportunity to recharge the batteries. The Hungaroring is renowned for being a technically challenging track and it will be very useful for us to gain further experience of our latest developments there. It’s not a track where overtaking has been easy in the past, so it will be interesting to see how the combined effect of DRS and KERS improves the possibilities this year. Our recent performances in Silverstone and Germany have been encouraging, although the pace is still not there to compete with the front-running teams, and we will keep working hard to continue to find improvements.”
The Hungarian Grand Prix is a medium-speed challenge, as described by Norbert: “40 per cent of the lap is spent in corners at or below 150 kph. The 70-lap race is long and demanding, and usually held in very hot conditions - which would make a pleasant change after the past two race weekends! Our aim in Budapest will be to take some positive momentum into the summer break. The Hungarian Grand Prix will also mark the 100th race for the Mercedes-Benz 2.4 litre V8 engine since its introduction at the start of 2006: in the 99 races so far, our V8 has taken a total of 32 wins.”