Hungarian Grand Prix 2017 – Preview
The Hungarian GP is a significant race. Firstly it is the last race before the summer break. All the teams look forward to the two-week shutdown in August, so the event has a real last-day-of-term feel about it, which we all enjoy. On top of that it is a terrific circuit set in its own amphitheatre, meaning fans can get good views of the action from many vantage points, which is quite unusual. The track itself is tricky technically, requiring high downforce and great suspension characteristics. Budapest is an extremely beautiful and interesting city. The combination of these attracts a great crowd over the weekend, not only from Hungary, but from many countries across Europe. From our point of view, we will do our very best to get another double points finish as we head into the summer break.
It’s always a great pleasure to race in Hungary. It’s a place that’s very important to me, because of the fans and because of everything that happened with my accident there. I have a lot of support from the people there. I love the place and always have a lot of pleasure to go back to Budapest to race.
This will be the third track in a row where I have raced before, and so I know what to expect. I was there last year in Formula 3 and had a podium position, so have some good memories. I think it is a great track, although, like Monaco, it is very narrow with lots of corners and not so many straights. Having said that, it is a track I like a lot, and that especially goes for the middle sector which is quite fast with a lot of left and right turns. It has been resurfaced recently, so the track is smooth. All in all it is a great circuit and Budapest is a cool city where I have had some fun.