2013 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
26 – 28 JULY 2013
(FIA) Round 10 of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship – the final race before the sport’s traditional summer break – sees the teams preparing to do battle around the tight and twisting Hungaroring, home of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The race has been an ever-present on the calendar since 1986 and ranks third on the list of circuits to host the most consecutive F1 World Championship races, beaten only by Monaco (59) and Monza (32).
With 14 corners and just one real straight,the Hungaroring presents teams with a similarproblem to that encountered in Monaco – how to maximise high downforce performance. Optimum aerodynamic grip will be the provenance of the teams but mechanical grip will largely come from a new range of Pirelli tyres. The manufacturer has altered its tyres for the rest of the season and will this weekend debut new tyres based on 2012 constructions and 2013 compounds. Here, teams will have a choice of Soft and Medium compounds.
In the Drivers’ Championship, current leader Sebastian Vettel will have a chance to edge closer to a full set of current GP wins. A first home win at the Nürburgring three weeks ago leaves the German with just two winners’ trophies to claim (here and the US) but victory at the Hungaroring has proved elusive, with second in 2011 his best result.
The form driver here is Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who with three wins (2007, ’09, ’12), is just one shy of matching Michael Schumacher’s Hungaroring win record.
In the Constructors’ battle, Red Bull Racing lead Mercedes by a healthy 67-point margin, with Ferrari third, just three points further back.