Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sauber F1 Team Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

(Sauber F1 Team)

The Sauber F1 Team head to the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest this weekend aiming to score their first point's of the season following an extremely difficult start to their 2014 season. At the German Grand in Hockenheim last weekend Adrian Sutil was left disappointed after the German went out of the race after stalling his C33 on the main straight. 

Esteban Gutierrez finished the race in 14th place 1 lap down on race winner Nico Hulkenberg. Speaking ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix in Hungary the Mexican said:

'The Hungaroring has a different characteristic in comparison to other circuits on the calendar. It is a very interesting track, and I enjoy driving there. The circuit consists of many low and medium-speed corners. As it is quite bumpy, it will affect the mechanical set-up of the car. Due to the traditional high temperatures, it is demanding for the tyres. There is a lot of tyre degredation as the track has some corners with right-left combinations. Although this can give us some opportunites, and we can work on different strategies. I like being at the Hungaroring, so I am looking forward to going there again. The team keeps working hard, and we hope to be in a better position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.'

Adrian Sutil commented:

'The Hungarian Grand Prix is a great event with many fans who are passionate about racing. The track itself is quite short, but very challenging with many corners, and it is not easy to put a perfect lap together. You need a lot of grip as there are several slow corners. The Hungaroring is interesting, and it is definitely good to have it on the calendar. It is the second slowest track after Monaco. Our chances are difficult to predict, but I am ready for a good result and hope for a great race. Budapest is a picturesque city with a lot of history and beautiful buildings.'

Last season the team finished the Hungarian Grand Prix finished the race in 11th place for Nico Hulkenberg while Esteban Gutierrez failed to finish the race following a gearbox failure. The Sauber F1 Team's Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara commented by saying:

'The back-to-back race at Budapest is another “hot” event, temperature-wise. Compared to Hockenheim, the set-up of the car isn’t that different, although the time spent on straights is considerably less and the low to medium-speed corners dominate. The aerodynamic requirements can be briefly summarised to be high downforce wings and efficient cooling. The track surface is more abrasive than in Hockenheim, therefore, the Pirelli medium and soft tyres have been allocated for this track.'

© Ben Johnston 2014

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