FIA F3000 International Championship.
Round 9 (of 10). Budapest, Hungary. 11th and 12th August 2000.
The 2000 FIA F3000 International Championship heads to Hungary for the ninth round race, with all the teams looking forward to putting the wet and miserable weekend that was the eighth round race at Hockenheim behind them. The Hungaroring circuit, situated close to the city of Budapest, is yet another tight and twisty circuit, one which allows a driver very little possibility of overtaking. The fastest section of this circuit is the pit straight, which then sees a driver breaking hard for a sweeping, right-hand corner. As is the case with this type of circuit, all drivers shall be looking to get the most from a high-downforce set-up, whilst engineers will have their hands full trying to make the car cope with the bumpy nature of the track. To be competitive, a car must have good front-end grip and be able to change direction quickly, consistently and without understeer.
"After the near monsoon conditions that we experienced at Hockenheim, we are looking forward to getting to the Hungaroring, a circuit that always seems to enjoy hot and sunny weather," said Team Manager Chris Mower. "The heat in Hungary also seems to play an important part in the race itself, as many drivers will find it hard to cope with the intensity during the race. Here, a driver will really find out his fitness levels."
Team Principal Derek Mower added: "The heat plays a major part in this weekends race, not only with the cars but the drivers as well. Hockenheim was a wasted weekend for everyone concerned, but we must put that behind us and look forward to scoring more points. Both Justin (Wilson) and Kevin (McGarrity) are looking forward to this race and I am certain that points are within our grasp. Are aim this weekend, like every other race weekend, is points, and if possible, podium finishes. Both Kevin and Justin have shown this season that they are capable of running at the top - now we must turn this into action."
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Friday 11th August. 16:15 - 16:45: Qualifying session 1 17:30 - 18:00: Qualifying session 2
Saturday 12th August. 15:00 Race (52 laps = 206.700km) (all times are local CET, UK time is one hour behind)
Race will be shown live on EUROSPORT at 15:00hrs CET.