Round 13 of the FIA Formula One World Championship this weekend takes place on the slowest track on the schedule, with the exception of Monaco, the Hungaroring, 12 miles south of the Hungarian capital Budapest. Sunday's Grand Prix will mark...
Round 13 of the FIA Formula One World Championship this weekend takes place on the slowest track on the schedule, with the exception of Monaco, the Hungaroring, 12 miles south of the Hungarian capital Budapest. Sunday's Grand Prix will mark British rookie Justin Wilson's second outing with Jaguar Racing having debuted in the R4 at Hockenheim.
Despite an early exit from the German Grand Prix, Wilson impressed following his mid-season switch from Minardi. With a steep-learning curve to tackle Justin adapted with ease to his new surroundings, pipping both Ferrari's in the Friday qualifying session to take seventh place and setting favourable times to team-mate Mark Webber.
With the summer testing-ban effective from the British Grand Prix through to this weekend's action, Justin's seat-time has been somewhat limited although prior to departing for Hungary, the 25-year-old enjoyed another brief taste of the Michelin-shod Jaguar R4 in a 50-km shakedown at Santa Pod.
Looking forward to the challenges of Hungary Justin commented: "I'm eager to get back behind the wheel again and enjoy another productive run in the car in Friday's extra test session. I'm still learning the R4 and each opportunity to drive allows me to gain more insight into the car and how it reacts. Heading to Hungary I have more of an idea what to expect from both the new team environment and obviously the car. Hopefully we'll be able to really go for it on Saturday to secure a strong start position for Sunday's race."
"The Hungaroring has always been a challenging circuit and while I have experience of racing there from my time in F3000 the track has been modified slightly for this year's race. Turn 1 has been re-profiled with a longer straight meaning harder breaking into the corner although it should still present the best overtaking opportunity. Turn 12 on the back section of the track has also changed but I'll check everything out on Friday and as ever, together with the team, I'll be working hard for the best possible result."
Sunday's 70-lap race on the 4.384km circuit will be Justin's first experience there in an F1 car but he can boast victory at the track in 2001, where his third International F3000 win of the year set him up perfectly to clinch the title at the following round in Belgium. Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello won the F1 race last year as well as posting pole position and fastest race lap.