Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel says this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix presents Formula One drivers with a “big physical challenge”.
Vettel currently occupies fifth in the Drivers’ standings, trailing Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg by 70 points, and heads to the Hungaroring in the wake of disappointing results in Silverstone and Austria. The four-time world champion hopes he can recapture the sort of form that propelled him to victory in Hungary 12 months ago, but will have to negotiate the twisty nature of the Budapest track and soaring local summer temperatures in excess of 30˚C.
“Budapest is a sweet memory from 2015, when we were able to win the race after a fantastic start,” Vettel said. “The track itself is quite short and often called ‘The Monaco of racetracks’, just lacking the walls, but you have a lot of corners, one big straight and after that a lot of corners, and not much time to rest in between. “It makes it quite tough and physically a big challenge for the drivers, because it’s quite hot and the track is bumpy, but I think overall it is a place where we love to go.” Having been a permanent fixture on the F1 calendar since 1986, the Hungaroring secured a new deal earlier this season that keeps it on the circuit through to 2026.