Formula 1 teams and drivers didn't even have a chance to breath: just three days after an hectic Hockenheim GP, the Circus is heading to Budapest for the Hungarian event.
The Hungaroring is famous for the high temperatures and tight layout, two elements that may provide hard times for two of the top three teams.
Mattia Binotto, Ferrari's team principal, warns about weather playing a key role for the next race: "Budapest is tratidionally critical for what concerns the cooling of the car. Beside the temperatures, also the conformation of the corners stresses the tyres a lot so everybody will have to look closely to tyre wear."
Mercedes' problems with overheating may therefore show up again, with the Silver Arrows possibly struggling as happened in Austria. Weather forecasts though, forsee a 26 degrees air temperature, so not a fiery one. Also there's a 20% chance of rain for Saturday that may shuffle the cards on the table.
In both the situations (hot and wet conditions) anyway Red Bull has proven to be the car to beat, securing victories both on the boiling tarmac of Austria and under the rain showers of Germany.
Moreover, also Ferrari may face some difficulties in Hungary: in the first half of the current season, the Scuderia has tipically had problems with tight and twisting corners. In Maranello lately engineers have worked on a new front suspension that apparently worked well in Hockenheim. Ferrari cars have been quick throughout all the weekend in Germany, but we have to keep in mind the difficulty of making comparisons in such a chaotic weekend: expecting for a wet race, many teams may have run with a wet car set-up while others may have gambled for a dry one. No one but the teams themselves has access to this kind of information, therefore it's hard to say how big the step made by this new solution was.
Mattia Binotto had a word on that as well: "At the Hungaroring Ferrari will bring new aerodynimic components to carry on the car's development. We will also have to improve reliability, which affected our german Saturday."
Coming up on top in those scenarios may be once again the Milton Keynes' cars, that proved many times to be able to grab every chance left on the table by the other contenders.
Fresh from his best finish of the season at Hockenheim, Robert Kubica is looking forward to Hungary ⏩— Formula 1 (@F1) July 31, 2019
Join him for a lap of the Hungaroring in this week's Circuit Guide
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