“Hungaroring is like a Big Go-Kart Circuit for Formula 1” – Alonso

Published 07/25/2018, 5:47 AM EDT
Fernando Alonso


Ahead of this weekend, a number of teams previewed the Hungarian Grand Prix. Taking place at the Hungaroring in Magyar Nagydij, this is the final race before the summer break. Five teams, namely Haas, Red Bull, Sauber, McLaren and Williams spoke about their expectations. Among them was McLaren driver Fernando Alonso.

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According to Haas’ Romain Grosjean, the biggest difference was the resurfacing of the track. He said that it used to be bumpy, but now it’s pretty flat. Although it isn’t a high-speed circuit, the Frenchman is fond of sector two. Especially when going up the hill and coming back down to the last two corners
Meanwhile, teammate Kevin Magnussen admitted that it is a pretty physical track. Because of the twisty nature of the circuit, there isn’t much time spent on the straights.

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Hungaroring aerial shot
Alonso said, “The Hungaroring is a great track and an enjoyable place to finish the first half of the season before the summer break. I expect a lot of fun there, as it’s always a nice event. I love the fans in Budapest because they’re very passionate about the race. The track itself is a good one. It’s a like a big go-kart circuit for Formula 1 so there’s no time to breathe.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen admitted that the Hungaroring is difficult to master. He stressed on precision in order to be inline for the next corner.
Meanwhile teammate Daniel Ricciardo said, “I like the Hungarian GP. Everyone always says it’s Monaco without walls, but it’s not, it’s Hungary! It’s fast, it’s normally really hot and even though it’s a tight track there’s still quite a lot of overtaking and always a bit going on.

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Williams’ Lance Stroll has said that this race is physically demanding on the drivers. They don’t normally get breaks and they usually race in very hot weather. However, he did confess that it is really enjoyable to drive and he is looking forward to returning.

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