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.
Get back on track. Join today for unlimited access to all Autosport news and features.
Are you an Autosport magazine subscriber? Activate your online account
Your Autosport Plus membership includes:
- Unlimited access to Autosport's news - no monthly cap.
- Read the best motorsport features, analysis and opinion.
- Explore Forix, our comprehensive motorsport stats database.
- Choose from monthly, yearly and two-yearly packages.
Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.