Esteban Ocon admits he fell in love with the Hungaroring the very first time he drove it when he was racing in Formula 3.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is the last race before a summer break that Ocon is looking forward to but the Frenchman is happy to finish the first half of the season at one of his favourite tracks.
“I want to go on holiday on a high and I am happy the final race before the break is on one of my favourite tracks.
“Budapest is one of the races that I enjoy the most and it’s always a good weekend for me. The city is beautiful and there are a lot of fans there, but my highlight is the circuit itself.
“I fell in love with it the first time I drove on it.”
The Hungaroring has produced many classic races in the past and is a track that Ocon says you have to get into a rhythm at.
“The track is quite narrow, but it’s still very fast. There are a lot of quick changes of direction and the corners come one after the other with no chance to catch a breath.
“That’s what I really like about it – you need to keep pushing all the time and make the most of the sequences of corners.
“You need to have a good rhythm there and if you make a mistake, you pay for it in the corners that follow.”
Formula 1 goes on its four week summer break after Hungary and while Ocon is pleased to be getting some time off, he says he is planning on training hard to make sure he’s ready to come back in Belgium and help his Sahara Force India F1 Team in their fight for fourth.
“It will be nice to have a bit of time off after Budapest. I am looking forward to a nice holiday with my friends, but I am going to train hard as well.
“I am going back to my training camp in the Pyrenees so there will be a little bit of holiday and a lot of work!”