Budapest, 25 July No drivers are indifferent to the Hungaroring, either they love it or hate it, along with the hot weather that it’s famous for. “The Hungarian circuit is definitely my favourite,” says Scuderia Ferrari test driver Pedro de la Rosa, making his feelings clear to www.ferrari.com. “And that’s not just because I got on the podium, but also because I think it’s a fantastic track, with lots of different corner types, some requiring hard braking and some that are low speed. There is no lack of fast turns, especially number 5, which is also blind and there are some changes of incline, which increase the impression of speed.
“As for the asphalt, it usually offers little grip when running starts on Friday, but then improves bit by bit as the cars put rubber down,” continues Pedro. “Furthermore, the quality of the surface is very good now, while in the past it was full of irregularities. Overtaking here is very difficult, because the straight after turn 15 going to the first corner is not very long. As a result, qualifying well is particularly important in this race. Normally, it’s very hot when we race in Hungary, at the end of July or early August and the drivers need to stay hydrated, drinking the entire litre and a half of liquid available in the cockpit. Luckily the climate is dry and so, less tiring from a physical point of view.” Of course, it’s not only the drivers that can suffer in the heat, as the cars do too. “One very important aspect in Hungary is cooling for the engine and brakes, because the lack of any significant straights means there are few opportunities to push air through the radiators and cooling ducts.”