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Tech Talk – Budapest

Tech Talk – Budapest

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

Since the Formula One summer shutdown was introduced in 2009, Hungary has traditionally been the last race before the break. With Germany now filling that slot, it feels strange to be going to Budapest without preparing for a well-earned rest afterwards! It’s the only race we haven’t won in the V6 Hybrid Formula One era and the Hungaroring is a tough venue to crack, with only 13 of the 30 Grands Prix to be held at this circuit having been won by the pole sitter – despite it being one of the toughest tracks on the calendar for overtaking. It’s tough on both cars and drivers, with ambient temperatures often reaching well into the 30s Celsius. The layout is low-speed, so we will run as much downforce as possible – similar to Monaco. With the SuperSoft compound available – a tyre one step softer than the softest compound allocated last year – we expect to see some very quick qualifying times. Budapest itself is one of the most beautiful cities we go to with a fantastic racetrack to boot. It’s great for the spectators, as it has a natural amphitheatre layout allowing good views over large sections of the circuit from the stands. We have enthusiastic fans coming from across Europe for this race, so it’s one we always enjoy. We’ll do our best to put on a good show – hopefully without the chaos of last year, however!

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix Timetable

Session Local Time (CEST) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30 09:00 – 10:30 10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30 13:00 – 14:30 14:00 – 15:30
Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00 10:00 – 11:00 11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying 14:00 – 15:00 13:00 – 14:00 14:00 – 15:00
Race 14:00 – 16:00 13:00 – 15:00 14:00 – 16:00

Weather.com Forecast (Accurate as of Monday 18 July)

Day Temperature Conditions Precipitation Wind Humidity
Thursday 18 – 29°C Sunny 0% 11mph N 51%
Friday 19 – 29°C Showers 50% 05mph SE 55%
Saturday 19 – 31°C PM: Storms 50% 10mph S 53%
Sunday 18 – 29°C Partly Cloudy 20% 17mph NW 56%

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