After one of the most chaothic race of the recent times, Formula 1 is getting ready for the last race before the summer break in Budapest, at the Hungaroring.
The 4,3 km circuit is all about corners, meaning the tyres are always working at high temperatures. Things are worse thanks to the high temperatures of the asphalt, considering we are in August. Teams use high downforce settings to help negotiate the succession of corners, but mechanical grip from the tyres is equally important at the twisty Hungaroring.
Pirelli, the Italian tyres manufactuer, has selected the C2 as the hard, the C3 as the medium and the C4 as the softest compund available for this race. The tyre nomination is almost equivalent to last year's.
Lewis Hamilton was crowned winner last year, with a one pit stop strategy, going from Ultrasoft to Soft on lap 25 of 70. The Briton was followed by Sebastian Vettel, also on a one pit stop strategy, and Kimi Raikkonen, who made it to third using a two stop strategy.
“Hungary marks the final grand prix before the traditional summer break, and it’s a very challenging race to end the first part of the season with: both physically and strategically." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "Overtaking is tricky with a narrow racing line – there is a risk of sliding if you get off it – so track position is key, and the strategy needs to ensure this. The Hungaroring is the sort of place that can cause a surprise though with the right strategy and a car that handles well, even if it’s not the fastest, as we have seen a few times in the past. Last year, with the same tyre nomination as this year, we saw quite a few different race strategies following a rain-affected qualifying: hopefully we will have the same sort of tactical variety again this weekend”.
Here are the tyres choices per driver for the Hungarian Grand Prix.