Following the mid-summer break between the German and Hungarian Grands Prix, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team drivers Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button are looking forward to re-establishing their level of competitiveness at the Hungaroring this ...
Following the mid-summer break between the German and Hungarian Grands Prix, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team drivers Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button are looking forward to re-establishing their level of competitiveness at the Hungaroring this weekend.
Both drivers have made the most of their time away from the paddock, Trulli spending time with his family in his hometown of Pescara while Button relaxed with friends in the sunshine of Mallorca. Refreshed after spending time away from the paddock, the Italian has certainly appreciated the benefit of the extra week:
"It has been very good for me to take a step back from driving and reflect on the season so far," Trulli said. "When I get out on the track, I will be even more motivated and stronger than before."
Meanwhile Button, in spite of a disappointing weekend at Hockenheim, is simply looking forward to the challenge of the tight Hungaroring circuit:
"The result from Germany is not a problem. We didn't have a great weekend, but these things happen in racing. From my point of view, it's not hard to put it behind me, but I must say we haven't had a weekend like that for a while!
"I am looking forward to the race in Hungary - it's a good circuit for the drivers. The race is hard and very tiring - there are so many corners, and no real straights to relax on. Physically it's tough, but that's something I enjoy. Having said that, I'd like to see a few more fast corners!"
Trulli echoes his team-mate's sentiments, labelling the 77-lap race one of the most challenging of the year:
"It is one of the toughest races of the season. The track is always slippery, and the corners follow quickly one after the other. This is definitely a hard race for the drivers, and the high temperatures mean we need to be well prepared physically. I've been training a lot since the last race, and I feel in good shape for the weekend."
Having achieved his best result of the season so far in Monaco, where he finished fourth, Trulli is confident that the R202 will perform well in the high-downforce configuration needed for the Hungarian race.
"I think our car will suit the circuit. The package has been strong everywhere this year and I feel that we are going to Hungary with a big chance of being competitive."
Button is no less optimistic about his chances in Budapest, and feels the Team can expect to be in contention for points at the chequered flag.
"The car will definitely suit the circuit. We have been competitive pretty much everywhere this year and we expect to run stronger than in Germany. I'm looking forward to competing with the McLarens and Saubers."