Wurz's lap of the Hungaroring

The Hungaoring is one of my favourite circuits. I always find good rhythm, and a good set-up, and I like to push. There are also many Austrian fans - sometimes there are more than at the A1-Ring, because it's close and it's cheaper!

Wurz's lap of the Hungaroring

The track is always very slippery at the beginning of the weekend, as it is so dusty, but it gets better as rubber goes down. It's also slow; before the first corner you're only doing about 260kph, because of the very high downforce level.

Braking into Turn 1 is downhill, and quite slippery. It's taken in third gear. It's a very long corner, with lots of understeer mid-corner. You shift into fourth, and then brake and go down to second gear for the second corner. It's a bit bumpy under braking there, and you have mid-corner understeer. It's always nervous on the rear end at the exit.

Turn 3 is flat in qualifying, and even in the race it's flat - but not really easy! Again it's a bit nervous on the rear end on the exit, and it's a bit bumpy there. Then you come up to the fast lefthander. It's a quick corner, and you arrive in sixth gear. You brake over a hill, and then the entry is a bit blind. It's very important that the car is settled down when you turn in, because then you carry a lot of speed, which is important.

You stay in fourth gear until Turn 5, braking down to second gear. It's a bit bumpy in the mid-corner. Through the weekend the grip gets better there, so after a while you can enter it very fast. The exit is very, very bumpy, so the car is hopping a lot.

You accelerate up to fourth gear into the chicane, which is Turns 6 and 7. It's second gear, using the kerbs. It's not a big deal otherwise. For me Turn 8 and 9 is one corner, a left and right hander. The car needs to be settled on the left-hand entry. You don't want to have too much understeer, otherwise you're too slow. For a good change of direction the car must be not too soft and wobbly. Turn 8 and 9 are both third gear corners. On the exit you use the kerbs a lot, before going flat through Turn 10.

You come to Turn 11 in fifth gear, and change to fourth gear. There's a little bit of braking, but it's quite a fast corner. You come to Turn 12 in fourth gear, changing into third. The entry is bumpy, and on the exit you go over the kerb. This corner is always very dusty, and in qualifying you have to hope the guy in front of you didn't put too much dust down, otherwise you have a problem.

Coming down to Turn 13 you are in fourth gear, completely on the limit of the revs. It's about 200kph, braking into a second gear corner and going down to 80kph in the middle. It's bumpy on the exit until Turn 14, which is new tarmac, and therefore a bit more slippery. You can go very early on the power.

You have to really set your car up for this corner, because it's followed by the most important straight, and you don't want to be overtaken. You can try to pass someone if the guy makes a bit of mistake or the guy has a bad upshift, or is running a different strategy on fuel, and is heavier. But I don't know any other places to overtake!

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