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Romain Grosjean: Hungaroring is not an easy track

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Romain Grosjean - Haas F1 Team - Hockenheimring
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Romain Grosjean has said he will expect the Hungarian Grand Prix to be a challenge.

The Haas F1 Team driver has a good record at the circuit, finishing in the top ten three times.  He also managed to secure a third on his first outing at the track in 2012.

“It’s not an easy grand prix.  It’s a small circuit and it’s like a rollercoaster.  It’s very twisty.  We’ll see what we can do there, but it’s a grand prix I love.  I always love going to Budapest but, definitely, it’s a challenging one.” said Grosjean.

The track is known historically to allow the drivers to reach slower speeds due to its twisty layout.  Recently, however, top speeds have increased.

“I think the biggest difference is the resurfacing of the Hungaroring.  It used to be very bumpy, and it’s pretty flat, which is a bit of a shame.  It’s not a high-speed circuit, but saying that, sector two is quite cool – going up the hill and coming back down in the last two corners.  It’s not as slow as it used to be.”

Due to its layout, overtakes are difficult.

“It’s very difficult to overtake at the Hungaroring.  To be fair, 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.” said Grosjean.

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