Nick Heidfeld is looking to evoke memories of his success from last season as Formula 1 heads East to Budapest and the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The German was one of the few drivers to survive the melee that was last year's race unscathed, crossing the line third to secure BMW's first podium in its current state.

Since then, Heidfeld and team-mate Robert Kubica have added a podium each to their tally and despite a rather controversial race last time out at the Nurburgring when the two drivers came together, new father Heidfeld is looking forward to his return to Hungary.

"Last year I came third in Budapest - it was the first podium place for our team. It was a chaotic race. Normally Budapest in August means very hot weather, but last year it was raining. The circuit was wet at the start of the race, and it remained cool throughout the weekend.

"I have a lot of fond memories of the Hungaroring. It was there that I also secured an early title win in Formula 3000 back in 1999 - and celebrated in style. The city is beautiful. I love the old buildings, the bridges across the Danube and the whole atmosphere. In summer there's always a lot going on; it's a great place for going out at night."

Still, Heidfeld admits the Hungaroring is one of the hardest circuits to master on the Formula 1 calendar, the tight and twisty nature, coupled to the intense heat the drivers are likely to occur, making it particularly difficult this season.

"The circuit itself is short, twisty and usually very dirty at the start of the weekend. The races there are often pretty exhausting as there are no long straights where you can catch your breath. But I enjoy driving there and hope we will be as strong again as in 2006."

 

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