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Hungaroring: Series preview

The 2009 GP2 Series takes on the Hungaroring this weekend for the sixth round of the season The GP2 action will resume this weekend at the Hungaroring, near Budapest, one of the slowest circuits on the calendar. The Mickey Mouse...

The 2009 GP2 Series takes on the Hungaroring this weekend for the sixth round of the season

The GP2 action will resume this weekend at the Hungaroring, near Budapest, one of the slowest circuits on the calendar. The Mickey Mouse track is always a great challenge for the drivers with limited overtaking opportunities, heavy breaking and high temperatures. After a perfect round and twenty points scored two weeks ago on home soil, ART's and rookie Nico Hulkenberg took the lead of the GP2 Series ahead of both Barwa Addax racers. With only a five point gap between the top 3 men, the title fight is more than ever on.

But things are not just heated on the drivers' championship front. When Barwa Addax seemed untouchable in the first three rounds, ART Grand Prix caught up to them swiftly through Pastor Maldonado's regularity and Hulkenberg's strong performance. The reigning champions' advantage has been drastically reduced to an eleven point gap while the remaining of the field is still fighting and not yielding - Fat Burner Racing Engineering, Super Nova, DAMS and Piquet GP leading the chasing pack.

Three times a podium finisher in 2009, FMSI's Andreas Zuber is no stranger to the Hungaroring: "I love the Hungaroring, I've always been very lucky there. I finished third with iSport a couple of years ago and second last year with Piquet. So I'm hoping to be on the podium again this year with FMSI. It will be tough this year in terms of tyres, because we have the softer compound. The second-last corner, the long left-hander, is very hard on tyres, and the last corner is similar. Also, it's often hot there, and if that is the case again this year, it will make things even harder for us. I hope it is a bit cooler, but I've a feeling that it's going to be very hot again. There are a few good places for overtaking. One of the best is Turn 1, because the main straight is quite long. You arrive in sixth gear and change down to second, and you just have to be careful with your braking point and your exit. There's also the chance to overtake at the long left and right handers after the chicane, as well as Turn 14"

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Series GP2
Drivers Andreas Zuber , Nico Hulkenberg
Teams DAMS , Racing Engineering