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Bob Bell – “Qualifying is crucial at the Hungaroring”

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Bob Bell - Renault Sport Formula One Team - Chief Technical Officer
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Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer with the Renault Sport Formula One Team, has stressed how paramount a good qualifying position is if one is to conquer the twists and turns of the Hungaroring.

“It’s a tight and twisty circuit, which requires maximum downforce from the car.  The circuit has been resurfaced recently, so it should be relatively smooth.

“We’re going with Pirelli‘s Medium, Soft and Ultrasoft tyres, like in Germany, and we’ll be taking an almost identical proportion for our two drivers with predominance of the Ultrasoft, which worked OK in Hockenheim and should be again in Hungary.”, said Bell.

He added: “Qualifying is crucial at the Hungaroring, because it’s a tricky place for overtaking, so we’ll be placing emphasis on getting that right.  We got there with a reasonable degree of optimism as we ran well as year and the characteristics of our car seem to be better suited to the tight and twisty circuits.

“We’re aware of a possible forecast for thunderstorms this weekend, so that might throw some thunderstorms into the mix.”

Renault Sport Formula One Team have had a good season so far; they are currently fourth in the Constructors’ Championship.

“Overall, it’s been good.  We’re halfway through the season and are fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, which is what we’ve set out to achieve.  It’s not been an easy journey so far.

“We’ve been relatively reliable on track, and if we’ve experienced problems, it’s largely away from the race and that’s a significant improvement on last year.”, said Bell, reflecting on the team’s season this far.

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