Haas F1 Team‘s Romain Grosjean believes this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring will be difficult for overtaking but exciting to drive.
The Frenchman comes into this weekend after a disappointing result at the British Grand Prix finishing thirteenth. However, Grosjean praises for the American team’s performance so far this season with their points total of 29 in ten races.
“We’ve already scored as many points as we did in our first season and we’ve been very competitive at a lot of different tracks. We’ve been in Q3 a bunch of times. It’s a big step from last year, but there’s still more that we want to do.” commented Grosjean
The 4.3Km Hungaroring will be a challenging track for the drivers as it requires commitment and consistency around the fourteen corners. The track brakes are required a lot of the lap, an issue Haas have been trying to tackle for some time.
Grosjean switched to Carbon Industrie brakes during Qualifying, after using Brembo brakes during Friday practice at Silverstone. But the Frenchman claims they haven’t decide on which brake package to use yet.
“It’ll be very dependent on cooling. When we’ve got the latest from Brembo, I’m happy with them. But if we can run the CIs, I’m probably going to stick with them.”
Grosjean has noted that due to the new regulations this season, the characteristics of the Hungaroring could be different unlike recent seasons.
“It could be a pretty big change from the past. Sector two is going to be flowing and flying. The last two corners are going to be much faster than they were before. I believe the layout, and the way the race will play out will be different. Saying that, overtaking could be a bit of a tough one.”
“It can get very hot in Budapest. It’s not an easy race, but on the other hand, there’s not many high-speed corners on the track, so it’s more about keeping your focus and concentration all through the race.”
The Hungaroring has also been home to some memorable moments for Grosjean.
“I’ve had some great races at the Hungaroring. I had my first pole position in GP2 there in 2008. I had some good races after that in GP2. I also qualified on the front row back in 2012.” reflects Grosjean.
“I made one of the best overtakes of my life there in 2013, outside of turn four, on Felipe Massa. I got a drive-through penalty for that one for having four wheels off the track. That didn’t matter to me as it was one of my most beautiful overtaking moves ever.”