The Hungaroring is traditionally bathed in bright sunshine on Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, with drivers far more concerned about heat in the cockpit than the threat of rain. So paddock dwellers were amazed not only to have to put up with the odd sprinkling of rain on Friday, but at times have to take shelter from the downpours that soaked the track. A wet weekend in Budapest is suddenly looking like a distinct possibility.
Rain was not what any of the paddock dwellers expected © sutton-images.com
Fortunately, the weather forecasts suggest that it will get drier throughout the event, which will please happy team personnel eagerly anticipating their mandatory August holiday. Only a few days ago the paddock was braving the chill winds of the Nurburgring, so the conclusion of this second leg of back-to-back grands prix can't come too soon for some.
But before that, there is a fascinating grand prix in prospect. Lewis Hamilton's unexpected victory at the Nurburgring has raised hopes that McLaren might again be in the mix this weekend. Hamilton talked down his chances, albeit not to the depths that he did on Friday in Germany when he point blanked ruled out any hope of pole position and went on to come within a tenth of a second of achieving it. He also explained his maximum attack philosophy.
"I'm pushing and pushing and pushing, and sometimes you have to break through a wall of caution," he explained on Thursday afternoon at the Hungaroring. Exactly where that wall of caution stands isn't clear, although it's probably safe to assume that the bricklayers' bill is pretty substantial at Woking when the 2008 world champion is in town.