McLaren at the 2012 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
After two wet weekends in Britain and Germany, we can finally look forward to a dry and warm weekend of Formula 1 racing at the Hungaroring, the first circuit to be opened behind the former Iron Curtain in 1986 and the current home of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The race is always a favorite on the F1 calendar, with the 2.7-mile Hungaroring’s narrow and twisty lengths always proving exciting. It is a permanent facility but has some of the characteristics of a street circuit, with a low average speed and very little grip, which gradually evolves as the weekend goes on and more rubber is laid down.
More often than not, the race has been run in hot conditions over the last 25 years, with ambient temperatures in excess of 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). This places huge stress on the drivers, who have to cope with cockpit temperatures that reach almost double that.Sole tire supplier Pirelli is bringing its P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tires, as was the case at the previous race in Germany. This combination is designed to provide the best compromise between the grip that is needed to effectively negotiate the twisty Hungaroring and the durability required to combat the high ambient temperatures.
Though we’re now at the half way mark of the season, a handful of top drivers are positioned close to points leader, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. No surprise then that the three leading teams of the season, Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and McLaren, are expected to pushing hard for a win in Hungary.
Going into qualifying tomorrow and Sunday’s eventual race, Fernando Alonso leaks the pack with 154 points, followed by Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber on 120 points and hits teammate Sebastian Vettel in third place with 110 points. Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren round out the top five.
In the Constructors' battle, Red Bull Racing still leads with Ferrari 61 points in arrears. McLaren, Lotus and Mercedes make up the top five.
We hope you enjoy the race, and remember to tune in for our full Hungarian Grand Prix results coverage on Monday.