On the back of another double-points finish in Germany, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will be hoping for more of the same in Hungary.
Q. Sergio, are you looking forward to racing in Hungary this weekend?
SP: “Hungary is definitely a great event and it’s usually one of the hottest races of the year. It’s the last race before the summer break so you always want to do well so that you can enjoy the break, otherwise it can feel very long.”
Q. It’s quite a compact circuit – is it one you enjoy?
SP: “It’s a really interesting circuit and you have to think very carefully about the way you set your car up. It’s a very technical lap and you have to consider the weaknesses of your car and set it up around them. It’s also very demanding on the tyres because you are always in a corner. The hot weather will make that even more challenging.”
Q. What expectations do you have for this weekend?
SP: “I was a bit disappointed after Silverstone and Hockenheim because things did not really work out for me in the races. So it’s important to score some good points before the summer break.”
Q. Nico, ten consecutive races in the points so far this season. Can you make it eleven in Budapest?
NH: “We will certainly try our best. So far it’s been a great season – my best year in Formula One and the best year for the team too. The car has worked well on every kind of track so if we keep working as we are I think we can have a strong second half of the year as well. There are still some developments to come, mainly on the aero side, so that will help us stay competitive.”
Q. The Hungaroring is a medium-speed track. Talk us through the lap…
NH: “The circuit is challenging and leaves little room for mistakes. The second sector has several corners that are all connected, so you need to hook them all up to be quick. If you run wide on one corner you can lose the flow of the lap. Overtaking is difficult, too, even with the DRS. There is one straight, but it’s not that long.”
Q. Is Hungary a race you look forward to?
NH: “It’s a good event with a nice atmosphere and lots of fans. I love the city of Budapest with the beautiful buildings and old architecture so it’s nice to explore a bit. The weather is always hot, which usually helps us and our car has worked well on tracks with slow corners so that’s a good sign.”