GP2 Set For Showdown In Budapest

No rest for the wicked!


Last week, the Nurburgring hosted some of the wildest and hottest GP2 action this season. In tricky track conditions, the twenty-six drivers had no other choice but to bring their A-Game and three men stood out, starting with Charles Pic. The quiet and talented young Frenchman took pole position – his second this season – and looked set to pocket a third win in 2011, but because this is GP2, of course, it did not go as planned for the Addax man. In the end it was Luca Filippi at Scuderia Coloni with a combination of driving skills along with the perfect strategy who crossed the finish line ahead of the rest of the pack, Pic and Romain Grosjean in tow. The following day, Series leader Grosjean meant business and fought his way up the field putting huge pressure on race leader Jules Bianchi. The Lotus ART man made one small mistake in the late stages and it was all it took for the Dams driver to get past and extend his lead even more on Giedo van der Garde in the Standings.

Romain Grosjean celebrates his victory on the podium with Jules Bianchi and Luca Filippi
Romain Grosjean celebrates his victory on the podium with Jules Bianchi and Luca Filippi

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

The seventh round of the season takes place this weekend in Budapest where warmer temperatures are expected. The Hungaroring is the second shortest circuit on the GP2 calendar and it is a real challenge for the drivers. With heavy braking required and high traction needed for the low speed corners, competitors face a challenge for how they can maximise the use of their tyres. This track is known to be relatively slow and narrow with very few overtaking opportunities, and demands high traction, perfect car balance and mechanical grip. All in all, it is the perfect setting for yet another thrilling GP2 Series race weekend!

Pirelli’s Racing Manager Mario Isola explained: “For Budapest we will bring our P Zero GP2 soft compound tyres because of the specific characteristics of the circuit which has a slow, tight and twisty layout making it a perfect choice for the soft compound. Although the abrasive nature of the asphalt is quite limited, the Hungaroring puts heavy demands on drivers and cars on a track where strategy rather than speed can often decide the outcome of the race. The cars are likely to run high downforce just like at the Nürburgring where we successfully equipped both series with our soft compound tyres. However, weather and track conditions are likely to be quite different in Hungary meaning that the drivers will have to adjust to a completely new scenario though always running on soft compound slick tyres.”

by: GP2 Series