Max Verstappen has said the Hungaroring is a circuit that is “very difficult to master” as Formula One arrives in Hungary for the last race before the summer break.
The Dutchman was in the headlines at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix as he collided with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on the exit of turn two and admits that is just one of a number difficult parts of the track.
“The Hungaroring is very difficult to master. It begins with very hard braking into Turn 1 before an off camber Turn 2 which tries to push you off from the inside.
“It is an important circuit to be precise in order to be online for the next corner. Turn 4 is almost blind so you need to be cautious and build up throughout the weekend.
“Sector 2 is pretty narrow and twisty so you need to take extra care here. Turn 11, the fast right hander is probably my favourite corner on the track, when you get it right it is a nice feeling.
“A good exit from the final corner is important as the straight is long so carrying speed is vital.”
Budapest is a city that proves to be quite popular with the drivers and Verstappen says he tries to take in everything that the city has to offer when he’s not at the circuit.
“Budapest is a cool city, it has a reputation as a bit of a “party town” but I have not had chance to experience that yet! Walking on the banks of the ‘Nube is nice and gives a chance to see both parts of the city, Buda and pest.
“I’ll always try to fit in a good helping of Goulash while I’m in Hungary as I really enjoy this dish, usually on Sunday evening.”