The Honda Racing F1 Team heads east to Hungary this week for the second of the back-to-back races following the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim last Sunday. Next weekend's race the Hungarian Grand Prix held just outside the stunning city of ...
The Honda Racing F1 Team heads east to Hungary this week for the second of the back-to-back races following the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim last Sunday. Next weekend's race the Hungarian Grand Prix held just outside the stunning city of Budapest, will be Round 13 of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship and the final race before the three week summer break.
Encouraged by a strong performance from Jenson Button in the German Grand Prix which saw him finish in fourth position, the Honda Racing F1 Team will be hoping to carry a more positive showing in Hockenheim through to the race at the Hungaroring.
"I love to visit the city of Budapest when we go to Hungary for the Grand Prix. It's one of the most beautiful and exciting cities on the calendar and the fans always give the whole place a great atmosphere. The Hungaroring is just like Monaco because it is so slow and twisty and it is also very difficult to overtake. You have to start from the front to have a good race so qualifying will be very important on Saturday."
"For the last few years, the race here has been incredibly hot so we have to be well prepared and for the drivers, we need that extra little bit of fitness. I won at the Hungaroring back in 2002 and have been on the podium a couple more times so it's a circuit that I enjoy racing at. Although I didn't have a good race in Germany, we can look at our overall performance from that weekend and take a lot of positives to Hungary."
"The Hungaroring and the city of Budapest are always places that I enjoy visiting. The track itself is pretty physical because it's very twisty and bumpy, which combined with the high temperatures, make it a tough race for the drivers. However the hot conditions should suit our tyres as the Michelins seem to work very well in those temperatures."
"Our new aero parts and a few of the other developments that we had in Hockenheim should also help us in Hungary. I'm looking forward to the race and hopefully we can replicate the strong performance from last weekend with another points finish, and maybe even go one better."
Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director:
"After a positive weekend in Germany, we now head to Budapest where we hope to achieve another strong result. The Hungaroring is a very tight and twisty track with many slow corners, requiring good traction and braking stability. It is also likely to be another extremely hot weekend which suits our car but is quite demanding for the drivers."