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Race Preview 
28 JULY 2013
Round 10 of the 2013 FIA Formula OneWorld Championship
the final race before
the sport’s traditional summer break –
seesthe teams preparing to do battle around thetight and twisting Hungaroring, home of theHungarian Grand Prix.The race has been an ever-present on thecalendar since 1986 and ranks third on thelist of circuits to host the most consecutiveF1 World Championship races, beaten onlyby Monaco (59) and Monza (32).With 14 corners and just one realstraight,the Hungaroring presents teamswith a similarproblem to that encountered inMonaco
how to maximise high downforceperformance. Optimum aerodynamic gripwill be the provenance of the teams butmechanical grip will largely come from anew range of Pirelli tyres. The manufacturer has altered its tyres for the rest of theseason and will this weekend debut newtyres based on 2012 constructions and 2013compounds. Here, teams will have a choiceof Soft and Medium compounds.
In the Drivers’ Championship, current leader 
Sebastian Vettel will have a chance to edgecloser to a full set of current GP wins. A firsthome win at the Nürburgring three weeksago leaves the German with just two
 HungaroringLength of lap:
Lap record:
(Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)
Start line/finish line offset:
Total number of race laps:
Total race distance:
Pitlane speed limits:
 80km/h throughout the entire eventweekend.
A new debris fence has beeninstalled, on the left behind theguardrail on the pit straight.
► The kerbs at the exit of Turns 3, 8
and 9 have been provided with adrainage system for water that mayaccumulate in surface depressions.
winners’ trophies to claim
(here and the US)but victory at the Hungaroring has provedelusive, with second in 2011 his best result.
The form driver here is Mercedes’ LewisHamilton, who with three wins (2007, ’09,’12), is just one shy of matching MichaelSchumacher’s Hungaroring win r 
In the Constructors’ battle, Red Bull Racing
lead Mercedes by a healthy 67-point margin,with Ferrari third, just three points further back.
There will be a two DRS zones inHungary, with one detection point.The detection point will be after Turn13. The first activation point will beafter Turn 14, before the start/finishline. The second activation point willbe just after Turn 1.
Hungarian GP Fast Facts 
The Hungaroring has featuredon the F1 calendar since 1986.
Robert Kubica also made hisFormula One debut at the
Lewis Hamilton’s 2009 win for 
McLaren was the first F1 victory
This will be the 28th edition of therace.
► Michael Schumacher has won
the race more times than anyother driver, with four victories tohis credit. Ayrton Senna is nexton the list with three wins, a totalmatched by current Mercedesdriver Lewis Hamilton.
► McLaren are the most
successful team here with 11victories. They are followed byWilliams with seven wins andFerrari with five.
► The Hungaroring was the
scene of Fernando
 Alonso’s first
grand prix win, in 2003. At the
time, it made the Spaniard F1’s
youngest winner, at 22 years and26 days. Sebastian Vettel beathis record five years later. TheGerman was just 21 years and 73days old when he won the 2008Italian GP for Toro Rosso.Hungaroring, in 2006, racing for BMW-Sauber. He finishedseventh and claimed two points,but was later disqualified whenhis car was found to be 2kgunderweight. The Polish driver didnot have too long to wait toregister points, however. Twomonths later he took third place inMonza, the first of 12 podiumfinishes to date (including onevictory, in Canada in 2008).
► Jenson Button’s march to his
first win from 14th on grid at therain-hit 2006 race represents thebiggest climb from startingposition to top step of the podium.Button is followed in that regardby Nigel Mansell, who scoredvictory from 12th on the grid in1989. The two Britons are theonly drivers in the history of therace to win from beyond the firsttwo rows of the grid.
► Damon Hill also scored his
maiden win in Hungary, racing for Williams in 1993. He was the firstson of a world champion to win agrand prix. He went on to take 21further wins and the 1996 title.The 1993 race also saw RiccardoPatrese score the final podiumfinish of his 257-race career.for a car equipped with a KineticEnergy Recovery System (KERS).
► The F1 Drivers’ Championship
has twice been won at theHungaroring. Mansell, driving for Williams, won the 1992championship at the HungarianGP, the 11th race of a 16-raceseason, while MichaelSchumacher won his fourth worldtitle here in 2001 at the 13th raceof a 17-race season.
► Zsolt Ba
umgartner became thefirst Hungarian to race in FormulaOne when he took part in hishome race for Jordan in the 2003.Baumgartner replaced Jordanregular Ralph Firman, who hadcrashed heavily in practice.Baumgartner qualified 19th andhis race lasted 34 laps before anengine failure ended his debut. Heraced again for Jordan threeweeks later in Italy and thencompleted a full season for Minardi in 2004.
► Despite the Hungaroring being
a tough track on which to
overtake, pole position isn’t
crucial. Since 2005, the manstarting at the front has won justtwice
Hamilton, in ’07 and ’12.
Hungarian GP Race StewardsBiographies
Garry Connelly has been involved in motor sport since the late 1960s. A long-time rally competitor, Connelly was instrumental in bringing theWorld Rally Championship to Australia in 1988 and served asChairman of the Organising Committee, Board member and Clerk of Course of Rally Australia until December 2002. He has been an FIA
Steward and FIA Observer since 1989, covering the FIA’s World Rally
Championship, World Touring Car Championship and Formula OneChampionship. He is a director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety and a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

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