Williams’ Paddy Lowe: “The Hungarian GP is a significant race”


William's Martini Racing drivers. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Williams Martini Racing Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe is looking forward to the final race before the mid-season break kicks in after this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, at a circuit he considers to be one of the best venues on the calendar, for fans to view the action at nearly every point on the track.

“The Hungarian GP is a significant race.

“Firstly it is the last race before the summer break. All the teams look forward to the two-week shutdown in August, so the event has a real last-day-of-term feel about it, which we all enjoy.

“On top of that it is a terrific circuit set in its own amphitheatre, meaning fans can get good views of the action from many vantage points, which is quite unusual.”

The layout of the Hungaroring circuit does not necessarily suit the Williams package, with their best result of late coming in 2014, when then drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas came fifth and eighth respectively.

Lowe is confident they can get both drivers in the points again at this weekend’s race however, and that is what they will be aiming for as we go into the holiday.

“The track itself is tricky technically, requiring high downforce and great suspension characteristics.

“Budapest is an extremely beautiful and interesting city. The combination of these attracts a great crowd over the weekend, not only from Hungary, but also from many countries across Europe.

“From our point of view, we will do our very best to get another double points finish as we head into the summer break.”