Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

Round 10 of the 2015 Formula One World Championship takes the circus to the Hungarian Grand Prix. 

After an originally unscheduled three-week break, F1 is back and this time in Hungary with the final race before the annual summer shut down. Without a German Grand Prix this year, the wait for more F1 action after the British Grand Prix was longer than intended. But the gap between races allowed the drivers to pay their respects to Jules Bianchi following the Frenchman passing away.

On Saturday the 18th of July the family of Jules Bianchi confirmed that the 25-year-old had passed away as a result of the injuries he sustained during last year’s Japanese Grand Prix. His death left the world of motorsport in shock and sorrow, with tributes pouring in on social media ahead of his funeral yesterday.

Now Formula One travels to Hungary with thoughts of Jules strong but with a job to do ahead of the summer break. Lewis Hamilton continues to lead the drivers championship from Nico Rosberg by 17 points, meaning a win could leave the British driver with almost a DNF in hand over his team-mate and title rival.

Hamilton has won at the Hungaroring on four previous occasions, with one of which being his first win for Mercedes back in 2013. But last time out in Hungary a safety car and Hamilton refusing to let Rosberg through cost the team a chance to win the race. This moment was one of the turning points of the year as Rosberg let his frustrations linger over the summer before seeking revenge in Belgium where he famously punctured Lewis’ tyre.

Rosberg could certainly do with winning at the 4.381km track if he is to mount a serious title challenge to Hamilton, but he will have a lot of work to do in order to get and stay ahead.

Williams will look to use their strong straight line speed to move ahead of the Ferrari’s and possible Mercedes’ but the Ferrari’s more rounded package should see Williams finish behind the Scuderia team.

Hungaroring track guide - Copyright:

The first sector of the circuit is made up by the two of the longest straights of the track before the climb up the hill. The first two straights will also be used as the two DRS zones for the race but in order for drivers to battle into turn one, they would need to exit the final corner within close proximity.

Through the middle sector of the track, overtaking opportunities come very rarely with the narrow twisty nature of the sector. The turn six/seven chicane is the best chance for an overtake in this sector but a mistake can cost you severely if the field is bunched up.

The start of the final sector is another straight that allows for overtaking opportunities under breaking before the drivers bunch back up to wrap up the lap. It’s not impossible to overtake into turn thirteen as a driver may drift out wide, leaving the inside open for a late move. But If a driver does attempt the overtake here and is not able to gain the position, they leave themselves open to attack from behind with the DRS down the pit straight or simply drop back and be unable to attack with DRS themselves.

For tv coverage in England, both the BBC and Sky will have live coverage of all F1 sessions along with Sky’s usual coverage of the GP2 and GP3 championships.

Thursday 23 July (Sky Sports F1)
14:00 – Drivers’ Press Conference – Live
20:45 – Paddock Uncut
21:15 – Classic F1 – Canada 2011

Friday 24 July (Sky Sports F1)
08:45 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice One – Live
11:00 – GP2 Practice – Live
12:45 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice Two – Live
14:50 – GP2 Qualifying – Live
16:00 – Team Principals’ Press Conference
17:99 – The F1 Show – Live

Friday 24 July (BBC)
08:55 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice One – Live (BBC Two)
08:55 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice One – Live (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
13:00 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice Two – Live (BBC Two)
12:55 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice Two – Live (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

Saturday 25 July (Sky Sports F1)
08:45 – GP3 Qualifying – Live
09:45 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice Three – Live
12:00 – Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying – Live
14:35 – GP2 Feature Race – Live
16:15 – GP3 Race One – Live
20:35 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

Saturday 25 July (BBC)
09:55 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice Three – Live (BBC Two)
09:55 – Hungarian Grand Prix Practice Three – Live (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
12:10 – Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying – Live (BBC One)
12:55 – Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying – Live (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Sunday 26 July (Sky Sports F1)
08:20 – GP3 Race Two – Live
09:30 – GP2 Sprint Race – Live
11:30 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Track Parade – Live
12:00 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Pit Lane – Live
12:30 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Race – Live
15:30 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Paddock Live
18:00 – Hungarian Grand Prix highlights
19:15 – Ted’s Race Notebook

Sunday 26 July (BBC)
12:15 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Race – Live (BBC One)
12:30 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Race – Live (BBC Radio 5 Live)
15:15 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Forum (BBC Red Button)