Hungarian GP Williams preview

It's tight, twisty, slippery, has many critics and, if the truth be known, is not very fast. But the thing is, the Hungaroring invariably produces a good Grand Prix. Having spent three days testing last week at Valencia's high downforce...

It's tight, twisty, slippery, has many critics and, if the truth be known, is not very fast. But the thing is, the Hungaroring invariably produces a good Grand Prix. Having spent three days testing last week at Valencia's high downforce circuit, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team will aim to capitalise on the last race performance at Hockenheim that saw Jenson Button finish in 4th place.

Jenson Button
Given the tight and twisty nature of the Hungaroring, I undertook two days of testing last week at Valencia a circuit similar in characteristics to the Hungaroring. Unlike the previous race at Hockenheim, we must now move towards a high downforce set-up and we worked hard on this one last week. Like so many races this year, I arrive at the Hungaroring without any previous experience of the track which, I'm told, offers very few overtaking possibilities. I am obviously delighted with finishing in a best-ever fourth place in Hockenheim and I hope to apply this momentum in Budapest this weekend.

Patrick Head (Technical Director, WilliamsF1)
We had a useful test at Valencia aimed at trying to improve our performance for Budapest with encouraging results. We are now looking forward to a better qualifying position than the last two Grands Prix. Our aim is to score points with both cars and try and consolidate our championship position.

Gerhard Berger (BMW Motorsport Director)
Racing at the Hungaroring means something special for BMW because this was the second Grand Prix circuit where we tested the early BMW engine in a WilliamsF1 chassis last October. We have made huge steps since then and we are proud of the fact that we were able to score points at seven out of the first eleven races this season. Continuing this success is our target for the forthcoming Grands Prix. On this circuit the maximum power of an engine does not play a main role for the laptimes. Driveability is the key word on the engine side. For the drivers the Hungaroring is a physically challenging circuit, especially under the hot weather conditions we usually have for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Gerhard Berger , Patrick Head
Teams Williams