Pirelli hoping to learn more about Hungaroring
24 July 2012 – Pirelli heads to Hungary with the hope that it will pick up much more information about its Slick tyres compounds than it did last year, when the Hungaroring race was affected by rain. For this final Grand Prix before the Formula 1 summer break of 2012, the sole tyre supplier will run its Soft and Medium compounds as it did in Germany.
“In Hungary last year we saw some wet weather, so it’s important not to make any assumptions,” begins Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery. “Consequently, we are still lacking some information about the performance of our Slick tyres under race conditions at the Hungaroring. Balancing the demands of speed and durability will be key to getting the most out of the tyres in order to keep degradation under control.
“Overtaking is traditionally difficult, so the drivers have an opportunity to use strategy in order to gain track position. Because of this, the work done in free practice will be vital when it comes to preparing the race strategy - an opportunity that has been denied to the teams recently because of bad weather in the build-up to the last two Grands Prix.”
Last year’s race on the outskirts of Budapest saw Jenson Button pick up his second win of the campaign for McLaren, doing so in his 200th Grand Prix start.