Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Toro Rosso


July 25, 2017

It's been called "Monaco without the barriers." Yes, that's right, we're talking about the Hungaroring circuit. Let's go on a virtual lap with Carlos Sainz doing the driving.

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The race in Budapest has earned its place as one of the classics on the Formula 1 calendar. The circuit is just a short drive from the Hungarian capital and features slow corners and short straights which, for many, brings to mind a karting track. Carlos himself reckons it is very tight, sharing a lot of characteristics with Monaco: there's not a moment to pause for breath, apart maybe from the short start-finish straight. Tackling it 70 times in the Grand Prix is an exhausting business, especially given the hot conditions at the height of summer. A major difficulty for the driver is maintaining concentration when fatigue kicks in, which is easier said than done.

On the technical front, it throws up the usual challenges of a very twisty track: the requirement to run high levels of aero downforce, the need to look after the most hard-pressed mechanical components, which in this case means the gearbox and brakes and the important task of keeping an eye on tyre behaviour. In Budapest, our drivers will each have the use of 1 set of White Medium tyres, 3 of Yellow Softs and no fewer than 9 Red Supersofts.