Formula One News » F1 2013 Hungarian grand prix preview Posted on 25/07/2013
It is mid-season and we are now all prepped up for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
This 2.72 mile, 70 lap race is a champion’s favourite track with the giants of Formula 1 like Michael Schumacher and Nigel Mansell and Hamilton and Alonso declaring it as one of their favourite tracks.
This dusty circuit is rarely used and often is quite tricky for the rookies. The start of the race is also quite crucial but there are a few factors which could make this weekend very interesting. For start, the new regulation tyres would many strategists go through various scenarios for pit stop. The second one is the new speed limit in the pit lane. This was made to avoid a repeat of the nasty pit lane incident in Germany.
The new Pirelli tyres seem to degrade lesser than the former tyres and this would favour teams like Lotus and Ferrari who are good on their tyres. But the new pit stop speed would mean that it adds a total of 3 seconds to the overall pit stop time.
For teams like Red Bull, that is equivalent to changing four tyres and making a front wing adjustment.
Historically this has favoured the two stoppers but there is another element which will play its part and that is the track temperature.
With temperatures hitting a phenomenal high it remains to be seen as to how the drivers and the teams would manage the tyre degradation.
Front tyre wear is a common problem but then again it is a problem for most teams.
There are more upgrades which would help balance the load to compensate for this. All said, it again boils down to the quintessential question of how much and how long can the tyres last before the first pit stop is taken. The new Pirelli tyre is the P Zero tyre which involves the use of 2012 construction technology but with the 2013 compound. This would in theory mean that it should at least withstand the lateral loads while going through the tight bends. Teams will then look to maximise what they can get out of the tyre while still maintaining the peak performance within the operating window. So an overall interesting race.
And despite the young driver test that happened in Silverstone, there will be a lot of anxious team bosses who will be looking intently at the tyres and the tyre wear.
Qualifying will also be a key factor as this is a circuit which offers very little in terms of overtaking opportunities. So a driver who is gentle on the tyres and qualifying in the front row has all the opportunities of getting to the podium or even winning the grand prix. My personal reason as to why I love this circuit is because, as the tyres grain in the track gets better and my prediction is that this race might get a bit saucy in the last few laps when the track offers the best for the driver.
Hungaroring it is…Go Go Go!