Just before Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen start their engines at the Hungaroring this weekend they visited a typical Hungarian equestrian park at the gates of Budapest this morning. The LÃ¡zÃ¡r Equestrian Park was founded in 2000 by the...
Just before Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen start their engines at the Hungaroring this weekend they visited a typical Hungarian equestrian park at the gates of Budapest this morning. The Lázár Equestrian Park was founded in 2000 by the eight-time World Champions in four-hand driving, Vilmos and Zoltán Lázár.
After a welcome by Hungarian Csikós (rangemen) Nick and Heinz-Harald were invited to watch an equestrian show of artistic performances and stunts. They also participated in funny games such as 'Knocking down the bottle' using a whip, and dressed up like Hungarian rangemen to drive an oxen carriage. A Hungarian style lunch completed the programme at the Lázár Equestrian Park.
"It's a very nice facility and the show was exciting," Nick said, "particularly when they drove the 'Hungarian Post' with eight horses. They passed the tribune at such high speed that I thought they would never make the turn! The drifting was also incredibly impressive. When the rangeman was riding the horses standing on the back of one of them, I was sure he would fall off and was surprised how he managed to stay on even though the horses were running so fast. I had good fun there today and enjoyed it a lot."
Heinz-Harald Frentzen said: "I don't know much about horses but my wife Tanja and my daughter Lea would have loved to be here and watch all this! For me it was a nice chance to meet people from this area and to get to know a little bit about the country. Usually when we are going to the Grands Prix we don't see much of the country and the people there. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere."