Qualifying the decisive factor at the Hungaroring - Magnussen

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Kevin Magnussen is looking forward to this weekend's Hungarian GP which takes places at a track which stresses out the importance of qualifying due to its twisty, technical nature. The Dane also praises the Hungarian capital.

The 23-year-old has some good memories of Hungary as he has had success in his previous years there. He won in Formula Renault 3.5 both in 2012 and 2013 and finished the second race in the runner-up position in those years.

„It’s certainly a twisty track and it’s a little bit difficult to overtake there but it’s possible to have a good race there.”

„I’ve had strong performances there in the past so I hope that will help this weekend. The race is very popular with fans and the support always helps.”

The Dane's Renault-badged car has not performed too strong this year in qualifying. As the Hungaroring is a tight track with just one real overtaking opportunity, the French marque will have to concentrate on single-lap performance.

„It’s very important. Yes you can overtake – turn one being the obvious example – but it’s not easy so qualifying position is a bit more important than at other places.”

Despite the lack of overtaking spots, the Dane considers the East-European track as a 'cool' circuit.

„The Hungaroring is a cool track, I find myself saying that for every circuit we visit but I’m a racing driver and all tracks are cool in a Formula 1 car! „

„It’s another race to look forward to and hopefully another race where we can push as hard as possible and hope for points.”

Being one of the best cities in the world, Budapest offers many off-track opportunities to have some fun or relax.

The capital of the small country is a real touristic attraction with its unique natural setting. The city consists of Pest and Buda which are divided by the wide River Danube. The two sites are connected by seven big bridges. The mixture of wonderful old buildings and some modern architecture, the Hungarian Parliament which is arguably one of the best-looking European buildings further add to a great atmosphere.

„Budapest certainly is a city with a good vibe. It’s a beautiful with some lovely old buildings and some great restaurants. We don’t get enough time to explore the area during a race weekend unfortunately but I’m hoping to see a bit of it this time,” concluded Magnussen.