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PostSubject: F1 - 2012 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - HUNGAORING   Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:48 am

FORMULA 1 ENI MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2012

Formula 1 makes its only visit to Eastern Europe this weekend in Hungary for the Formula 1 Eni Magyar Nagydij 2012. The twisty Hungaoring hosts the eleventh round of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





In 1986 Hungary hosted its first ever Formula 1 event in the shape of the Hungarian Grand Prix at the twisty Hungaroring. Originally, Bernie Ecclestone and his management group wanted the Hungarian GP to be held on a street track, mimicking the Monte Carlo course. However, to build a sustainable motorsport future for Hungary, the government decided to build a permanent circuit which was originally designed primarily for Formula 1 racing, but, could be used for other championships as well in the future. The 2.722 mile, 14 turn road course is commonly referred to as “Monaco without the houses”, the circuit features many sections with continuous corners with very few straights. Which is exactly what the Monaco course has in terms of circuit characteristics, and that makes the race one of the most physically demanding for the drivers on the calendar.

Although the race is not fondly thought of by motor racing fans, due to the severe lack of passing opportunities. It has created some memorable moments since the inaugural race in 1986. Such as Ayrton Senna failing to pass Bousten in 1990, despite trying some imaginative ways to catch out a much slower Bousten, Damon Hill almost winning the race in an Arrows in 1997, Michael Schumacher’s incredible race speed in 1998, Button’s first win in 2006 and the first wet race at the track, Hamilton’s and Alonso’s qualifying shenanigans in 2007. And of course, the first KERS-hybrid victory in Formula 1 history in 2009, courtesy of Lewis Hamilton’s victory in his Mclaren-Mercedes MP4-24.

With a three way, evenly fought fight for the German Grand Prix, the Hungarian Grand Prix could again produce a close fight for the victory.


Hungary Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Length of pit straight: 0.50 mile
-Average speed of lap: 118 mph
-Longest period at full throttle: 11 seconds/750 meters
-Full throttle percentage: 55 %
-Time on brakes: 15 %
-Gear changes per lap: 50
-Highest g-force: 3.9 g
--Total race distance: 190 miles

Overtaking opportunities

The Hungaroring features sequences of winding corners and few heavy braking zones, and the lack of slipstream in these sections makes passing difficult. The entry to turn 1 was modified in 2003, it is now wider to encourage more overtaking into the corner. Turn 1 is one of two realistic places to pass, with cars building up to over 186 mph and braking to just 57 mph for turn 1. This is a large braking zone where the majority of passing will occur if a driver can get a good exit off turn 14, and closely follow his rival down the pit straight to line up his rival. A good exit off turn 14 is even more critical this year as the DRS-zone is placed on the pit straight.

If a driver fails to pass into turn 1, they can cut to the inside and get a better exit to pounce in turn 2. The outside of turn 2 allows a driver to race their opponent through the corner, then, have the optimum line into turn 3 to complete the pass.

DRS and varying levels of tyre grip will greatly help overtaking, compared to previous races held here.

What to watch for

Managing the rear tyres will be critical this weekend, because the affects of significant degradation would be felt in almost every turn at the Hungaroring, with most corners being traction-limited. Keeping the rear tyres alive, along with track position, will be key to succeeding this weekend.

Car requirements

With 40 per cent of the lap spent in corners at or below 93 mph, the emphasis on this track is good mechanical, low-speed grip (factors regarding braking, traction, suspension geometry etc) with a car that doesn’t understeer excessively. A car that has an eager direction change and has a positive front end is going to be competitive with all the tight turns.

The Hungaroring has one of the lowest full throttle percentages of all the circuits on the schedule, at only 58 percent. Combined with a track that predominantly features low to medium speed corners, this means that short gear ratios are needed for punchy acceleration out of the slow corners. The pit straight is the only place where the cars spend a long time full throttle, so maximum downforce is also needed with aerodynamic efficiency of little importance.

A good, consistent balance will also be a factor in helping the tyres to survive. This track has a number of long, tight corners where it’s important for a keen front-end. In some ways, forward bite on entry to corners will be almost as important as traction getting off the corners. A cars that washes wide may provoke more oversteer, as well. In general, this track has corners where poor balance will be exposed, as oppose to other tracks where high speed turns might disguise the problem.

Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Soft and Medium compound P Zero tyres to the Hungaroring. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2012 range of P Zero tyres and their respective markings:




Video footage

Here is a flying lap of the Hungaroring with Felipe Massa, driving his Ferrari F150 during last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix event:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 27 July 2012

Friday Practice 1 09:00 – 10:30
Friday Practice 2 13:00 – 14:30

Sat 28 July 2012

Saturday Practice 10:00 – 11:00
Qualifying 13:00

Sun 29 July 2012

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2012 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Start 13:03*

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 26th July:

Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 15:00
Formula One Public Pit Lane Walk 16:00 – 19:00

Friday 27th July:

GP2 Practice Session 08:30 – 09:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 09:15 – 09:45
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
GP2 Qualifying Session 11:55 – 12:25
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Practice Session 12:45 – 13:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:20 – 13:50
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Qualifying Session 16:00 – 16:30
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Practice Session 17:00 – 17:45

Saturday 28th July

Formula One Pit Stop Practice 08:15 – 09:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 08:30 – 09:30
GP3 Qualifying Session 09:45 – 10:15
Formula One Practice 3 10:00 – 12:00
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Qualifying 12:25 – 13:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:00 – 13:45
Formula One Qualifying 13:00
GP2 First Race (37 Laps or 60 Mins) 15:40 – 16:45
GP3 First Race (16 Laps or 30 Mins) 17:20 – 17:55

Sunday 29th July

GP3 Second Race (16 Laps or 30 Mins) 09:25 – 10:00
GP2 Second Race (28 Laps or 45 Mins) 10:35 – 11:25
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 11:45 – 12:20
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:25 – 13:15
Formula One Drivers Parade 12:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 12:45 – 13:15
Formula One National Anthem 13:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 14:00
Start of 2012 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix 14:03*

* Based on the time period between the start of formation lap and actual race start in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky’s live coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the BBC is showing extended highlights of both qualifying, and the 70 lap Grand Prix. Times of the TV coverage can be seen below:

Friday 27th July

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 08:45 am
Practice Two: 12.45 pm

Saturday 28th July

BBC Coverage

1800-1915, BBC Two/BBC HD

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 09:45 am
Qualifying: 12:30 pm

Sunday 29th July

BBC Coverage

Race highlights: 1730-1900, BBC Two/BBC HD

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 11.30 am

Live timing and scoring is available for every session at http://www.formula1.com/ Registration is required to view live timing. If you wish to watch this Grand Prix outside the UK, please check your local listings.

Previous winners of German Grand Prix

2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2005 – Kimi Raikkonen – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2006 – Jenson Button – Honda
2007 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2008 – Heikki Kovalainen – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2009 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2010 – Mark Webber – Red Bull Renault
2011 – Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes Benz

Enjoy the Grand Prix!


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - HUNGAORING   Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:13 pm

Lotus win today, it's time. Although I could be wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - HUNGAORING   Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:55 am

I meant Lewis not lotus #imlying
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - HUNGAORING   Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:04 am

I really couldn’t understand some of the strategy today, in particular the three stoppers. Did anyone tell Red Bull it was hard to pass?
Lotus were again very impressive today, those high temperatures seem to really suit that car. Now Lotus has race-winning speed, they need to translate that into an actual win. I get the sense they just react to others strategy, rather than being proactive.

I didn’t see why Maldonado got that penalty. Di Resta got slightly shoved off the track, so what, it hardly damaged Di Resta’s race. Maldonado was fully alongside into the turn.
Hamilton drove a brilliant GP, he yet again proved how he can protect his tyres for a long stint. I think tyre conservation is not just about lighting up the rears, it’s about that front-to-rear balance and adapting the driving to the tyre compounds and car. Hamilton, along with Alonso are the most adaptable drivers on the grid imo.

I quite enjoy Allan McNish’s commentary in Practice, he’s a good substitute for Davidson.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - HUNGAORING   Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:57 am

I was highly impressed with Lotus they were so close to the win it has to come soon, but what gets me is they have 1 fantastic race then the following one it goes all tits up and they find themselves on the back foot struggling at the bottom end of points, just needs some consistency at the front end then I might have something to cheer
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - HUNGAORING   Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:52 am

Team Enstone have been very impressive, having a better race car than qualifying car is no bad thing anything. However, they must be annoyed that Pirelli is gravitating towards harder tyre selections. Hot days, high degradation and a slick surface is where they excel.

I have felt that Lotus have perhaps lacked ambition, with their strategies. In races like Bahrain, they’ve had opportunities to out-race their opponents, but they’ve stuck to conservative, follow the leader strategies.

I do wonder if qualifying might get even more important, as the tyres become more predictable and the compound selections get harder. Lotus’ skill has been harrying the Big Three teams on race day.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - HUNGAORING   Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:20 am

McLaren seem to be looking stronger since the updates Smile

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