In what is the last race before the summer break the ROKiT Williasm team moves to the Hungaroring for the 2019 Hungarian GP. For team driver Robert Kubica this race will be the closes event to his home country of Poland so it is a race wheere there should be a large number of his fans. Fot team-mate George Russell it is a race that is one of his favourites. After coming off an unexpecetd single point result in Germany the team is again aiming to work towards a positive result.
We’ve reached the midway point of the 2019
season as Hungary marks the final stop on the calendar before teams are
rewarded with a well-earned break during the annual summer shutdown. The
Hungaroring is one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, and its
popularity amongst drivers, teams and fans doesn’t go unnoticed for its
location near the beautiful city of Budapest. On top of this, the
Hungarian Grand Prix is the closest event to a home race for Robert
Kubica and we expect to see many Polish fans in attendance.
Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
Following the high-speed and high efficiency circuits of Silverstone and
Hockenheim, the opening part of the 2019 season finishes at the high
downforce, low efficiency Hungaroring. The track was renewed in 2016 and
now has a fairly smooth and consistent surface which is less demanding
on the tyres. As in Germany, Pirelli have made the middle of their
compound range available and so C2 is the Hard, C3 Medium and C4 the
Soft tyre. How these will behave will depend on the track temperature,
which can regularly exceed 50°C during August in Budapest.
Since winter testing began in mid-February, we have completed 11 race
events and five test events in little over 20 weeks. The schedule
demands a lot of the team, both at the factory and on the road, and it
is to everyone’s credit that we arrive in Hungary with further parts to
evaluate ahead of the second half of the season, which begins with the
traditional back-to-back races in Spa and Monza that marks the end of
the European season.
We approach the race in Hungary as we do any other, with tyre testing
and parts evaluation on Friday before we switch focus to qualifying and
the race. Once pack-up is complete on Sunday evening, the whole team can
start to think about some well-earned rest and recuperation before we
head off to the Ardennes for one of the best races of the season.
Hungary is the closest event to a home race for me and so even though
it’s not in Poland, I expect a lot of Polish fans to attend. I made my
Formula One debut at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix and it was the first
Formula One race I attended when I was 12 years old in 1997. There a lot
of things that I can relate to with Hungary, so let’s hope for a good
weekend. Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their support
during this difficult period.
Budapest is one of my favourite races of the year. The circuit has a
good flow to it and the fans always provide a great atmosphere. It’s the
last race before the summer break, so we are going to make sure that we
enter the holidays satisfied that we got the most out of our package.
Race Data Friday:
Practice 1: 11:00 - 12:30
Practice 2: 15:00 - 16:30 Saturday:
Practice 3: 12:00 - 13:00
Qualifying: 15:00 – 16:00 Sunday: Race: 15:10
Hungarian GP: ROKiT Williams Grand Prix Preview
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Date: 30/07/2019 14:58
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