Valtteri Bottas: “The Hungaroring is probably the most intense track”


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After a disappointing British Grand Prix two weeks ago, Valtteri Bottas is excited to get back racing as Formula 1 arrives at the Hungaroring for the Hungary Grand Prix this weekend.

The Williams Martini Racing driver finished the Grand Prix at Silverstone in fourteenth behind the McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso having started the race up in sixth, but lost a handful of positions after spinning at the Vale corner after switching to the Intermediate compound, and was never in contention for points after struggling with tyre temperatures.

The Hungaroring is often nicknamed the ‘Finnish Grand Prix’ as there can be tens of thousands of Finns at the race, and Bottas is looking forward to feeling this support.

“The Hungaroring is probably the most intense track compared to the other events it falls around during in the season,” said Bottas. “It’s much tighter with many slow speed corners and a very technical track to drive, so definitely not the easiest.

“Budapest falls in the summertime and normally it’s very hot. It’s nicknamed the Finnish Grand Prix because there can be tens of thousands of Finns at the race. I always really appreciate seeing the Finnish flag and feeling that support.”