In what is the last race before the summer break the Williams Martini team moves to the Hungaroring for the 2017 Hungarian GP. For team drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll the race is one that they are looking forward to and for Lance it is a track where he has raced before and likes a lot. For the Williams team the focus will again be on getting both cars into the points on a track that is very technical requiring a high level of downforce.
The Hungaroring is located
near to the capital city of Budapest and hosted its first Grand Prix in
1986. The Williams team has had a strong run of success at the “Magyar
Nagydíj” as it’s more commonly referred to in Hungary, with seven race
victories, the second highest of any Formula One team. The smallest
winning margin at the Hungaroring came in 1990 at the hands of Williams’
Thierry Boutsen, who won by 0.288s over Ayrton Senna. At 4.381 km in
length, the track is one of the shortest on this year’s 20-race
calendar. In 2016, the team finished the race in ninth and 18th with
Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa respectively but hopes for a better
result with the FW40 this year following 2017’s regulations changes. For
Hungary, Pirelli has made available the medium, soft and supersoft
The Hungarian GP is a significant race. Firstly it is the last race
before the summer break. All the teams look forward to the two-week
shutdown in August, so the event has a real last-day-of-term feel about
it, which we all enjoy. On top of that it is a terrific circuit set in
its own amphitheatre, meaning fans can get good views of the action from
many vantage points, which is quite unusual. The track itself is tricky
technically, requiring high downforce and great suspension
characteristics. Budapest is an extremely beautiful and interesting
city. The combination of these attracts a great crowd over the weekend,
not only from Hungary, but from many countries across Europe. From our
point of view, we will do our very best to get another double points
finish as we head into the summer break.
It’s always a great pleasure to race in Hungary. It’s a place that’s
very important to me, because of the fans and because of everything that
happened with my accident there. I have a lot of support from the people
there. I love the place and always have a lot of pleasure to go back to
Budapest to race.
This will be the third track in a row where I have raced before, and so
I know what to expect. I was there last year in Formula 3 and had a
podium position, so have some good memories. I think it is a great
track, although, like Monaco, it is very narrow with lots of corners and
not so many straights. Having said that, it is a track I like a lot, and
that especially goes for the middle sector which is quite fast with a
lot of left and right turns. It has been resurfaced recently, so the
track is smooth. All in all it is a great circuit and Budapest is a cool
city where I have had some fun.
Race Data Friday:
Practice 1: 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2: 14:00 - 15:30 Saturday:
Practice 3: 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying: 14:00 – 15:00 Sunday: Race: 14:00
Hungarian GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
Posted by: Williams F1 (IP Logged)
Date: 26/07/2017 12:00
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