Williams will be bringing more new bodywork to the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend after doing extensive testing of new parts recently in Germany.
Such was the amount of testing done in Germany, Rubens Barrichello had a new diffuser on his car in qualifying, but no KERS, whilst team-mate Pastor Maldonado was running a different specification, with KERS.
Technical director Sam Michael explains that, for the race in Budapest, both drivers will have the use of KERS around the tight and twisty Hungaroring.
“Budapest is a high downforce circuit, with lots of slow speed corners,” he comments. “It has quite a bumpy track surface compared to normal. Usually there is a reasonable improvement in grip as the weekend progresses due to the dusty nature of the circuit. We will have new bodywork to test on the Friday, and we will also run KERS on both cars.”
Barrichello was a winner here back in 2002 and is turning this weekend into a bit of a family holiday. “Hungary is the type of track that is quite difficult to overtake on, but with DRS it should be a little bit easier,” said the Brazilian. “It is a race I have won in the past so I am looking forward to racing there again. Just like Monaco, it is a slow speed track which can throw up a few surprises, so I hope we can get a better result.
“I stay in my motorhome so I'm about 20km away from the city but I know the place quite well and my kids will be coming so I'm looking forward to them also getting to know Hungary.”
Maldonado is also a fan of the track, having been successful here in lesser series. “I really like the Hungaroring and I won the main race last year in GP2,” explained the Venezuelan. “The track is really slow speed so we might need to change our set-up quite a lot to adapt to that kind of circuit. There isn't a single corner I like more than any other, I just like the track as a whole. I think it will be a hard weekend but I hope we can improve the car.”