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Vettel: Don't underestimate the 'Ring!

Sebastian Vettel: There are a lot of opportunities to make mistakes in Hungary. It can be very hot and that means the track can be very demanding physically.

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said the challenge of the Hungaroring should not be underestimated.

Vettel has finished on the podium twice in Hungary, taking second last year and third in 2010. As yet though, he hasn't won there and that must be his goal this weekend, as he looks to try and cut the 44-point gap to current championship leader, Fernando Alonso and put the disappointment of Germany behind him, where a 20-second penalty post-race dropped him from second to fifth [see separate story - HERE].

“The race in Budapest is very popular and the city and the Danube offer many opportunities for fans off the track. I like the city a lot and I made my debut in 2007 with Scuderia Toro Rosso at the Hungaroring,” he recalled. “The track itself is one of the slowest on the calendar, but as a driver you shouldn't underestimate it.

“There are a lot of opportunities to make mistakes. It can be very hot and that means the track can be very demanding physically. In addition, the surface has many bumps which shake you around a lot.”

Team-mate Mark Webber, who is ten points ahead in the drivers' championship, meanwhile describes the 'Ring as a 'good little venue'.

“We've had some good races there in the past. Obviously overtaking has not been easy on that circuit, but it will be interesting to see how the cars perform there as it's a hot race,” he continued. “The middle sector is very, very busy and you need to have a good balance over the top of the hill. In general, it's a track that I enjoy.

“I like driving there and of course we're looking forward to doing well before the Summer break.”

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21.07.2012 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
21.07.2012 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
21.07.2012 - Free Practice 3, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
22.07.2012 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
20.07.2012 - Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8

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AndyC - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 7:48 PM

The Hungaroring one of the few circuits that is better now than when it was built. Longer start/finish straight, the chicane after turn 2 removed and the modifications near the end of the lap make it less fiddly. It's also had some very good races over the years. It's no Monza or Spa, but it has got better.

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