Senna and Yamamoto to race at Hungary
Hispania Racing have confirmed that Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto will be its race drivers at the Hungarian GP this weekend. Indian Karun Chandhok is therefore sidelined for the second race this season.
The Hungaroring circuit was built in the mid-80’s and is located at the borders of Mogyoród, only 19 kilometers away from the centre of Budapest. The track is very tight, bumpy and twisty, and each slow corner leads into the next, making it very difficult to overtake. It is a very physically demanding track, and the drivers have little chance to pause and catch their breath.
The Hungaroring tends to be green and dirty on the first days, so the grip level increases during the weekend. It is also a track that benefits high downforce and is known as one of the safest race tracks in Formula 1. It’s the last race on the calendar before the summer break, and as temperatures are usually scorching, the inside of the cockpit can rise up to 60ºC.
Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team is prepared to continue fighting for positions and reducing the difference with the other teams. The Spanish team will try to achieve its fifth two-car finish of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Dr Colin Kolles, Team Principal:
“The race in Hungary is going to be one of the toughest races of the season. The high temperatures and the tight and twisty surface stretch both the cars and the drivers to their limit. As overtaking is almost impossible, the performance with a low fuel level in qualifying is very important. In Hungary, you need a car with mechanical grip and a torquey engine and drivers who can sustain the physical demands. We hope to finish the race again with both cars and to achieve a good result before the summer break.”
Sakon Yamamoto, Race driver #20:
“I can’t wait to go back to the Hungaroring as I know the circuit already very well from my Formula 1 races with Super Aguri, Spyker F1 and with ART in GP2 series. The races there are always very tough because there is no big gap between the corners. You need a good braking stability and good traction on the car. I keep on pushing for another challenge and I hope that we are luckier than in Hockenheim.”
Bruno Senna, Race driver #21:
“I am looking forward to Hungary, because the ambiance is always good and the crowd enjoys the show a lot. I have raced twice at the Hungaroring with GP2 series and I had two podium finishes in 2008. It is a very high downforce circuit and it has long-radius bumpy corners, which put a lot of demand on car and driver. It is going to be a challenging weekend for us as it is a very tough track on both the cars and the drivers, but we hope to do better than expected and maybe surprise some people.”