Williams F1
Hungarian GP: Williams Racing Grand Prix Preview
By Williams Racing
July 15 2020

In what is the final race of a triple header the Williams Racing Team moves to the Hungaroring for the 2020 Hungarian GP. Coming off the positive performances in the races in Austria the team is hopeful of continuing this trend. In 2019 this race saw a quite strong performance so the team is hopeful that this can be repeated in 2020. But the team still has issues to resolve most noteably been the lack of race pace compared to qualifying. Both team drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi are looking forward to the event and both have a good level of experience of this circuit. Again it is gong to be another weekend where the team pushes to extract the best performance from the FW43.
 
2019 Hungarian GP Preview
 

Following the restart of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship in Austria, the team makes its way across the border for the final leg in the opening triple header at the Hungaroring in Budapest. Once again, the event will be held behind closed doors to ensure the safety of all involved.

Whilst being one of the shorter tracks on the calendar, the Hungaroringís undulations and lack of straights ensure that itís key for drivers to find a good rhythm in order to set a quick lap time. Many relish this challenge and it is no surprise that the Hungarian Grand Prix is a popular race on the Formula One calendar.

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
Following two weekends in the Austrian countryside, we have relocated 350km east to the historic city of Budapest. The circuit layout and characteristics of the Hungaroring are as different from the Red Bull Ring as the scenery is between Budapest and the Styrian Mountains. The circuit here demands high levels of downforce, excellent ride characteristics and a car balance that offers the driver precision in a range of corner types. Overtaking is difficult and there is consequently a greater emphasis on qualifying performance.

Although Pirelli bring the same compound selection to this event that they made available in both Austrian rounds, the behaviour could be quite different here, especially if the track is very hot.
Last year George enjoyed one of his best qualifying results of the year at this event and it is a circuit that he enjoys and excels at. Nicholas too has a lot of experience here and he understands how the car needs adjusting to suit the particular demands of the Hungaroring.

Back to back races in Austria has allowed us to learn quite quickly about the FW43 and to develop rapid solutions to some of the minor issues we uncovered a fortnight ago. Our job this weekend is to apply that knowledge to a new venue and to continue to push every aspect of the carís performance.

 

Nicholas Latifi:
I am excited to get back going straight away. Personally, I am a fan of the back-to-back races, especially as I am in a period of learning and the more information that I can take on is just going to accelerate that. Although triple headers can seem quite a lot, for me itís ideal. Budapest is a track that has never been one of my favourites on the calendar, but I have had some of my better races there in the past, so Iím looking forward to hopefully continuing that trend. The track is tight and twisty with not a lot of room to rest, it is very demanding on both the driver, but also the car. It will be important to get the right balance. This circuit was
quite strong for the team last year, so that bodes well.

George Russell:
I am really looking forward to Hungary. I think the circuit characteristics will suit our car better than Austria did. We have got a bit of work to do off the back of the race in Austria, as our race pace wasnít as strong as our qualifying pace, so we need to understand why. Nevertheless, Hungary is a great track, it is one of my favourites and it will be fun to drive around that circuit again.

 
Race Data
Friday:
Practice 1: 11:00 - 12:30
Practice 2: 15:00 - 16:30
Saturday:
Practice 3: 12:00 - 13:00
Qualifying: 15:00 Ė 16:00
Sunday: Race: 15:10