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Hungary 2010 - Race information // Formula One moves on to the Hungaroring for the next round

Published by Mr. C

With barely time to touch the brakes, the Formula 1 carnival rolls into Hungary, just a few short days after one of its more controversial outings in Germany. The last thing the sport needs right now is free time to dwell on matters past, for once back-to-back races seem like something of a blessing.

Event schedule

With initial scrutineering and track familiarisation the normal order of the day on Thursday, it will be interesting to hear what Felipe Massa makes of the return to the scene of his life-threatening accident over a year ago.

Friday will offer the chance of a better look at the controversial Red Bull and Ferrari flexing front wings, watch out for onboard shots showing plenty of movement down the main straight. While Saturday's qualifying session will likely be the highlight of the weekend, with Ferrari's resurgent speed finally offering a challenge to runaway pacesetters Red Bull.

Race day on Sunday might just be a procession, with the dusty and twisty track making life difficult for anyone hoping to make a pass. There may not be mid-race refuelling this year, but the pitlane in Hungary represents the only realistic passing opertunity on the circuit.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionTime (GMT +0100)Time (Local)
30 JulyFridayFree Practice 109:0010:00
Free Practice 213:0014:00
31 JulySaturdayFree Practice 310:0011:00
Qualifying13:0014:00
1 AugustSundayThe Race13:0014:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2, GP3, Formula BMW and Porsche Supercup.

The weather

Depending on who you believe, the weather in Hungary might improve during the course of the weekend, or it might get worse. Either way, most sources are suggesting Saturday's forecast hints at the strongest chance of rain, while Sunday's skies could go either way.

moderate

Mogyoród, Hungary, Friday

26℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 58%

Sunny intervals

rain

Mogyoród, Hungary, Saturday

26℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 65%

Heavy rain showers

showers

Mogyoród, Hungary, Sunday

28℃

  • Low 19℃
  • Humidity 62%

Light rain showers

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameHungaroring
LocationMogyoród
TimezoneGMT +0200
First Race1986
Total Grand Prix24
Laps70
Length4.381 km
Start / Finish Offset0.040 km

Bridgestone tried something a little different with their tyre selection for Germany to almost no effect whatsoever. They return this weekend with a more usual choice of medium and super soft rubber. Worryingly, such a combination was first used this season back at the season opener in Bahrain. It's probably best to not rely on the tyres to spice up the racing action come Sunday.

The asphalt at the Hungaroring sees little action throughout the year, so expect the dirty track to catch the unwary out on Friday. This circuit layout will always sort the men from the boys in the aero department, it will be a tough weekend for anyone desperately seeking more downforce.

Circuit Records
RecordTimeDriverTeamYear
Pole Position1m 19.146sMichael SchumacherFerrari2004
Fastest Lap1m 19.071sMichael SchumacherFerrari2004
Race Time1hr 35m 26.131sMichael SchumacherFerrari2004

Changes since 2009

Other than routine maintenance, no significant changes have been made to the circuit.

Circuit map

Hungaroring Circuit Map
Hungaroring Circuit MapCredit: Bridgestone Corporation

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (Local)AttendeeRepresenting
Thursday15:00Rubens BarrichelloWilliams
Heikki KovalainenLotus
Robert KubicaRenault
Felipe MassaFerrari
Sakon YamamotoHRT
Friday16:00Éric BoullierRenault
Stefano DomenicaliFerrari
Christian HornerRed Bull
Colin KollesHRT
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

Four stewards oversee a Formula 1 race weekend, two FIA stewards, together with one experienced former F1 driver and a steward representing the National Sporting Authority.

F1 Stewards
NamePositionRole
Radovan NovakMember of the FIA World Motor Sport CouncilFIA Steward
Enzo SpanoMember of FIA World Motor Sport CouncilFIA Steward
Lajos HerczegVice President the National Automobilsport Federation of HungaryRepresenting the National Sporting Authority
Derek WarwickF1 Driver (1981 - 1993)Former F1 Driver

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