Hungarian Grand Prix remains the only track on the current calendar where Mercedes, Formula 1’s all-conquering team, have failed to win at during the V6 hybrid era.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes that Red Bull will act as “a major threat” in this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix due to the tight and twisty nature of the Hungaroring in Budapest.
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton can become the most successful F1 driver in Budapest should he win for a fifth time on next Sunday.
Nico Rosberg has never won in Hungary, and has seen his title lead slashed from 43 to just a solitary point in five races.
“This circuit has not been kind to us over the past two years and it plays to the strengths of our rivals,” Wolff said.
“The Red Bull, for example, is a car that functions well where high drag isn’t penalised as much as at other types of circuit.
“So, in wet conditions and at low-speed circuits such as the Hungaroring, they are a major threat.
“We will need to be flawless to come out on top at this track.”
Toto also spoke of the need to balance resources between the current season and the 2017 car, with the change in the technical regulations offering both opportunities and pitfalls for teams.
“We are also now entering a time where things are complicated even more by some big decisions to be made,” Wolff said.
“Every week we must analyse how much resource we move across to the 2017 project – but that’s a tricky balance.
“Some teams will have stopped 2016 development very early – as early as February maybe, once the current cars hit the circuit.
“That does give them an advantage, as the learning curve is very steep at the beginning. If you are a few weeks behind you can find yourselves much further back in the end.
“We may be halfway through the battle for this year – but the hard work is only just beginning.”