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Hungarian Grand Prix: Looking for brilliance in Budapest with Lotus F1

An engineer's guide to the Hungaroring, venue for the Hungarian Grand Prix - the tenth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.

The Circuit

Approaching Turn 1: Heavy braking from almost 300km/h on the main straight to under 100km/h at the first turn creates the most likely overtaking opportunity on the circuit.

Turn 2: The track runs quite noticeably downhill into T2. With high potential for drivers to out-brake themselves here, they will need to keep their wits about them.

Turn 5: Moderate braking from around 240km/h to 150km/h at T5 follows the slight kink of T4; a tricky series of corners taken at medium / high speed.

Turns 4 – 11: T4 – T11 very much lead into each other so there's little braking here and no room for error, as a small mistake at any stage can have a big effect on overall lap time. The drivers need a well-balanced car with good change of direction capabilities through this section.

Turn 13: The second slowest corner on the circuit, T13 is a tight left hander taken at around 100km/h before launching the car into the final turn.

Turn 14: A good exit from the third gear T14 is crucial, as it leads on to the circuits' only straight and subsequently into T1; the best overtaking opportunity around the lap.


The Car

Rear Wing: Rear wing configuration will run to maximum downforce levels thanks to the relatively low speed nature of the circuit.

Front Wing: As with the rear, maximum downforce is required from the front wing in line with the circuit layout and also to help counter understeer.

Suspension: The layout of the Hungaroring circuit promotes understeer, with a strong front end required to prevent this. The drivers will also ride the kerbs a lot at throughout the course of a lap, so a soft front end is useful in that respect.



Related Pictures

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27.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
27.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
28.07.2012- Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
28.07.2012- Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
27.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
27.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
28.07.2012- Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
28.07.2012- Qualifying, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
29.07.2012- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
29.07.2012- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
29.07.2012- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20

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