THE MAIN EVENT

F1 Racing - - THE HUNGARIAN GP -

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.

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