Monday, 21 July 2014

Infiniti Red Bull Racing Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

(Frederic Le Floc'h DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing head to this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix just outside Budapest off the back of another strong performance for the Milton Keynes based outfit last time out at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim at the weekend where reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel finished the race in fourth place while his team mate Daniel Ricciardo finished the race in 6th place. Speaking about this weekend's race in Hungary, Sebastian Vettel commented:

'I like the race and atmosphere at the Hungaroring, and have good memories of the races there even though I have never won in Budapest - it is still on my to do list! It is quite a slow track but also one that can catch you out. It has some tight, twisty corners and is quite a bumpy track, so you cannot underestimate it. It is normally hot in Hungary for the race which makes it a challenge to drive, but also makes a nice weekend for the fans watching. I really like the setting of the race track, just outside Budapest and near to the Danube – in the evenings I enjoy going for a walk along the banks, or sometimes a jog in the morning. The Hungarian GP is the last race before the Summer break so we will be working hard to keep up the momentum and have a good result to enjoy over the holidays.'

Daniel Ricciardo heads to the Hungaroring in third place in the Driver's championship on 106 point's, nine ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and is the driver other then a Mercedes driver to have won a Grand Prix this season when he took a fantastic victory for Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal last month. Speaking ahead of this weekend's race in Hungary, Ricciardo said:

'I’ve always enjoyed the Hungaroring, but because it’s so tight and twisty it’s maybe not the ideal layout for a grand prix. It’s like Monaco without the walls. It’s one of those weird situations where the driving is very satisfying but the racing, perhaps, is not. It’s a great, great track in qualifying, where you’re driving on low fuel and fresh tyres - there’s no let up and you’re completely in the moment. In a race though overtaking is difficult because the track is quite narrow and that exciting sequence of corners doesn’t give you the opportunity to line up a pass. DRS has improved things and the first corner and the downhill sequence that follows can be quite exciting.'

© Ben Johnston 2014

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