Formula 1 heads to one of the most promising circuits on the calendar this weekend. The Hungaroring always promises action, and the tight, winding nature of the circuit under the new regulations suggests higher corner speed and the chance for a few drivers in slightly slower cars to prosper. Here are ten predictions for the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix:
Recent news from McLaren confirms that Alonso deliberately took some massive engine penalties at the British Grand Prix in order to increase the chances of avoiding a grid drop in Hungary, as the team recognise that the race provides a rare opportunity to secure some solid points. Regarding the upcoming opportunity for McLaren, Eric Boullier said,
“Together with Honda we’re working hard to improve our reliability, and avoiding incurring grid penalties – especially on this track, where our car has the potential to perform more favourably – will be key to increasing our points tally, which we’re all so determined to achieve.
Our pace at Silverstone was marginally better than we initially expected on what is considered to be a power-hungry circuit, and therefore a track traditionally more difficult for our car to adapt to.
Hungary is a completely different proposition, and one that theoretically gives us optimism that we can put the strengths of our car to the test and better take the fight to our rivals.”
– Eric Boullier
There aren’t many other opportunities for McLaren to race on a circuit that suits them, the only other remaining possibilities on the calendar are the Singapore Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix. The team will particularly struggle at the two meetings following the summer break, Spa and Monza. It will give the team a huge lift to enter the summer ahead of Sauber in the Constructors.