Haas F1 Team‘s Kevin Magnussen claims the Hungaroring for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix will share similar traits to the Monte-Carlo circuit.
The Danish driver states that the characteristics of the Hungary track is familiar to Monaco and that overtaking opportunities will be limited.
“It will be pretty difficult to overtake in Hungary. It’s probably going to be a little bit like Monaco.”
“It’s a pretty tough circuit. There’s not many straights, so you’re constantly working because there’s always a corner. It’s a bit like a go-kart track. It’s a tough circuit because you never get a break, plus it’s hot”
Magnussen believes that the track will be quicker than last year thanks to the new regulations but the gap will not be as big compare to Silverstone.
“As at any other circuit, it’s going to be faster than last year. On a slow circuit like Hungary, the difference to last year will be smaller than some of the faster circuits like Silverstone, where the difference was very big.”
“It changes your brake points. Certain corners are flat that weren’t flat last year. It’s a different way of driving.”
Haas tested both Brembo and Carbon Industrie brakes at British Grand Prix with Magnussen favouring Brembo, but the Dane feels they’re still more work to be done to find a consistent brake package.
“We’re still working on it.” states Magnussen
“What we’re looking for is just a consistent performance – something you can build your confidence around and find a rhythm.”
Magnussen says tyre management will be crucial factor to manage when at the Hungaroring. With hot temperatures to be expected meaning the tyres will have to work more on the track.
“Tyre performance is key to a race weekend. Making the tyres work is the most important thing in the car’s performance. It’s important to find the window.”