THE MAIN EVENT
Because the Hungarian Grand Prix is the last race before the enforced two-week summer shutdown, the event often has an ‘end-of-term’ feel about it. By this stage of the year, team personnel are weary as a result of all the traipsing back and forth across Europe in the northern hemisphere summer heat, and are more than ready to enjoy a proper break before commencing the second half of the season.
At the Hungaroring, however, it’s a very different story; drivers are really put to the test here and have little chance to relax. One corner quickly leads into another, giving this circuit the feel of an oversized kart track. This is perhaps why Lewis Hamilton has always performed so strongly here, having won five out of the ten GPs he’s entered.
The highlight of the circuit is the unsighted Turn 4 at the top of the hill. It’s one of the toughest corners of the year, but has been made slightly easier in recent years thanks to the Tarmac run-off on the exit.