BMW Sauber F1's Robert Kubica is looking forward to the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend, the tenth round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship.
Kubica has only finished in the points once this season - when he brought the uncompetitive BMW Sauber F1.09 home in seventh place in Turkey - and while the year has mainly been one of frustration for him, he is upbeat about going to Budapest.
Indeed he will be hoping for a change in luck, especially as the event is the closest he gets to a home race, given its proximity to Poland.
“Hungary is a very special Grand Prix for me. In 2006 I made my debut there, and there are always a lot of Polish fans as Budapest is quite close to Poland. Last year was amazing – it was like being in Poland,” said Kubica.
“The Hungaroring is very special, tricky and physically demanding. Driving the main straight is the only time you can recover. Almost over the entire track you leave one corner and immediately approach the next.
“Beyond that, it is very hot in Hungary, which makes it demanding for the driver and the tyres. As a lot of corners are quite bumpy, the car's balance will be another crucial factor.”
Meanwhile Nick Heidfeld will also be hoping they can pull something out of the bag and give BMW a boost - although his year hasn't been quite so bad and he has scored points in three events, including taking the runners-up spot at the rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix.
Like Kubica, Heidfeld is also a fan of the 4.381 kilometre track, which is situated about a 20-minute drive northeast of the centre of Budapest.
“I'm very fond of the Hungaroring,” added Heidfeld. “The track suits me and I also have some good memories of racing there and achieving good results in the past. It was in Hungary in 1999 that I secured an early championship title in Formula 3000, and in 2006 and 2007 I was on the podium for the BMW Sauber F1 Team.
“We can generally expect high air temperatures in Hungary. That doesn't bother me from a physical point of view, although the races on this twisty circuit are always exhausting, and it could help us get the tyres into the temperature window to work well.
“One drawback in terms of grip, especially at the start of the weekend and on the Friday during the practice sessions, is always the dust that blows onto the track from the surrounding landscape.”