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Hungary 2011 - Race information // Back to back racing gets going again at the Hungaroring

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Back to back races mean we have only just recovered from what was a great weekend in Germany, before the F1 paddock meanders towards the Hungaroring, with another three days of action on the cards. This is the final race before the summer break, meaning fans will want something excellent that will tide them over the three week holiday, and teams will want to deliver to go out on a high.

Racing in Hungary has something of a mixed history, with a reputation for offering up dull events, but some notable incidents creating memorable weekends. Felipe Massa will, of course, be returning to the scene of his accident from 2009, but the demons should already be passed after he scored well here last year.

Event schedule

Sebastian Vettel has really shown some signs of weakness now, and gifted other drivers the opportunity for a win. At the Nürburgring, Lewis Hamilton secured his second victory of the season, whilst Fernando Alonso battled hard for podium positions as well. Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber showed really well in Germany, and he won the Hungarian race last year, so may be on top form once again this weekend.

Further back on the grid, Lotus will be getting back to normal after their brief weekend with Karun Chandhok, whilst Sébastien Buemi goes into qualifying with a five place grid penalty before he's even set foot on the track.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionTime (GMT+1)Time (Local)
29 JulFridayFree Practice 109:0010:00
Free Practice 213:0014:00
30 JulSaturdayFree Practice 310:0011:00
Qualifying13:0014:00
31 JulSundayGrand Prix13:0014:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2, GP3, Lotus Ladies Cup Series and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

The weather

Last weekend, the forecast suggested rain for three days in a row, and we saw none during any of the sessions. This week, early predictions suggest rain for Friday, but clear skies over the weekend. We'll have to wait and see what actually occurs though.

rain

Hungaroring, Friday

24℃

  • Low 16℃
  • Humidity 73%

Heavy rain showers

moderate

Hungaroring, Saturday

23℃

  • Low 16℃
  • Humidity 60%

Sunny spells

moderate

Hungaroring, Sunday

20℃

  • Low 16℃
  • Humidity 76%

Sunny spells

Circuit map

Hungaroring Map
Hungaroring MapCredit: FIA

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameHungaroring
LocationHungary
TimezoneGMT +0200
First Race1986
Laps70
Length4.381 km
Distance306.630 km
Start / Finish Offset0.040 km

The Hungaroring is a circuit that can offer greatness, or it can offer very little. Grip is always a concern when the cars first turn up, as the track is not heavily used and it takes time for the tarmac to get rubbered in. The weekend can often be hot, but anything would be warmer than the conditions at Germany, so it may be a bit of a change for the drivers.

The track is slow and twisting, with only one real straight - the start/finish straight. The FIA have declared the DRS detection zone to be just before the final corner, with the activation going into the home straight.

2010 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:20.976Live / Results
Free Practice 2Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:20.087Live / Results
Free Practice 3Mark WebberRed Bull1:19.574Live / Results
QualifyingSebastian VettelRed Bull1:18.773Live / Results
Grand PrixMark WebberRed Bull1:41:05.571Live / Results
Fastest LapSebastian VettelRed Bull1:22.362

Tyre compounds

Soft and super-soft compounds
Soft and super-soft compoundsCredit: Pirelli

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
Thursday15:00Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso
Jenson ButtonMcLaren
Heikki KovalainenLotus
Felipe MassaFerrari
Mark WebberRed Bull
Friday16:00Eric BoullierRenault
Graeme LowdonVirgin Racing
Jonathan NealeMcLaren
Adrian NeweyRed Bull
Rob WhiteRenault Sport
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed last year to include a former F1 driver to give added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

F1 Stewards
NamePosition
Allan McNishTwice Le Mans winner and ex-Formula One driver
Dr Gert EnnserFormula One and DTM Steward
Radovan NovakSec. General of the ACCR and WMSC member

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