Hungaroring track talk with Toyota

Track Talk - Hungary Humphrey Corbett, Race Engineer Car 20 (Olivier Panis) "The Hungaroring has traditionally been a circuit that does not offer overtaking manoeuvres, however the organisers have made a concerted effort this year to rectify ...

Track Talk - Hungary
Humphrey Corbett, Race Engineer Car 20 (Olivier Panis)

"The Hungaroring has traditionally been a circuit that does not offer overtaking manoeuvres, however the organisers have made a concerted effort this year to rectify this."

"The new layout track has been increased in length from 3.968km to 4.384km to accommodate some modifications to the track that should offer at least one overtaking opportunity during the lap, particularly into the first corner."

"Even with these changes, it will still be very tough to overtake, which means that qualifying will be extremely important. In this respect, the track is not dissimilar to Monaco, but also regarding set-up there are similarities, with maximum downforce again a priority."

"The strategy we adopt for the Hungarian Grand Prix will determine our overall result. Qualifying will be critical, so we have to achieve a fine balance between obtaining a good grid slot, whilst not compromising our race performance. The new rules for the 2003 season will play a big part in Hungary, as indeed they have at many of this year's races."

"The weather in Budapest is usually hot, which is beneficial to Panasonic Toyota Racing and also our tyre supplier Michelin, who usually produce highly competitive tyres in such conditions."

"The Hungaroring is not used much in the off-season, so the track is very dusty and slippery, particularly on the opening day. Obviously the teams who have opted for free testing on Friday morning will do the biggest job in "cleaning" the track, however we will be faced with a dirty track for the whole of Friday. Although the track improves as the weekend progresses, normally only one racing line emerges, which means any marginal overtaking opportunity is still tough to pull off."

"Hungaroring is not particularly hard on the brakes or the engine, but because of the nature of the track, there is not a lot of cooling, so this is something we will be keeping a close eye on. What we need is very good mechanical grip and, of course, maximum downforce."

"Although we have not been able to test since June, we carried out considerable preparation work for Hungary at the pre-Silverstone test sessions in Paul Ricard and Barcelona, so we should be capable of top ten qualifying positions and more points."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis
Teams Toyota Racing