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Drivers ready for twisty, hot Hungary trial

GP2 is back in action this weekend as the support race for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary ahead of a month-long summer break for both series. Everyone wants to go into the break on a high.
Hockenheim feature race winner Johnny Cecotto Jr. hasn't had much time to bask in the success of his feature race win last weekend at German, but the Barwa Addax driver is hoping instead that the momentum will carry over to the Hungaroring.

"We had only a few days to prepare the race in Hungary as last weekend we had that fantastic weekend in Hockenheim," he said. "I'm ready and the team is too, this is a track where Addax has always been quick especially when the temperatures are hot and I'm sure this will be the case again this time."

Rio Haryanto is hoping that his success in last year's GP3 round at Hungary will lead on to similar good fortunes in this weekend's GP2 races.

'I'm really looking forward to racing here again," said the Carlin driver, who won the GP3 sprint race here in 2011 before graduating to GP2 this season. "Last time I was here in the GP3 Series it was a brilliant weekend for me. I enjoy the circuit so hopefully I can have another strong race in Hungary."

His team mate Max Chilton was also feeling upbeat heading to the Hungaroring, although his fortunes here in GP2 last season weren't as promising - he finished well out of the point sin the feature race and retired in the Sunday sprint.

"I'm feeling confident for this weekend because I know we have a good race set-up," he said. However, the 21-year-old British driver is coming off a less than wonderful time at Hockenheim last weekend.

"Obviously with such an unlucky weekend in Germany we didn't really get the chance to test it out," he said. "But that's racing - you have highs and lows."

By contrast, Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer had a very successful time of it last weekend, with a second place in the feature race being followed by fourth place in the Sunday sprint.

"The weekend at the Hockenheimring was very positive and we could collect a lot of points, which is very important," said the Swiss driver. "We have shown that we are very strong and consistent during races. I am therefore very confident regarding the upcoming event in Budapest and hope to score many points there as well.

Related Pictures

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Rio Haryanto (INA, Dams) at the GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi - November 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain in October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering). Portrait. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Josef Kral (CZE, Barwa Addax Team) (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
2012 GP2 Series. Round 9. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. 26th July 2012 - Turn two. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
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