The current outlook for the 2012 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix are warm temperatures, high humidity and just a slight chance of rain. Fortunately, the previously predicted thunderstorms have been pushed to Monday.
We did see some wet weather during Friday’s practice session, though it didn’t last for long and it looks like the rain clouds will be mostly gone for today's race.
Forecasters are predicting a high of 88 degrees F (31 degrees C) in the area surrounding the Hungarian Grand Prix’s Hungaroring race track, living up to the event’s traditionally hot and dry conditions.
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton remained ahead of everyone during Friday’s practice and yesterday's qualifying session, with the young Brit starting on pole today. Next to him will be Lotus' Romain Grosjean, and rounding out the top three is reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing. Current points leader Fernando Alonso and his teammate Felipe Massa weren’t too far off the pace, with the Ferrari drivers set to start in 6th and 7th places respectively.
For all drivers, traction and braking are the two key areas that challenge drivers in Hungary, which adversely affects the tires. With the high number of tight corners and significant steering inputs, the external edges of the tires are particularly prone to temperature spikes and wear, emphasizing the need for a smooth driving style. 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.
Going into the race, Fernando Alonso leads the pack with 154 points, followed by Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber on 120 points and his teammate Sebastian Vettel in third place with 110 points.
In the Constructors' battle, Red Bull Racing still leads with Ferrari 61 points in arrears and McLaren close behind in third.
We hope you enjoy today's race and remember to tune in tomorrow for our full results coverage.