Head of Mercedes Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff, has been quick to realize Mercedes will “need to be flawless to come out on top” at the Hungarian Grand Prix after victory was snatched from under the World Champions nose’s in the 2014 and 15′ races.
Wolff has specifically singled out Red Bull Racing (who won in 2014) as their menace this weekend, saying their RB12 is “a car that functions well where high drag isn’t penalized as much as at other types of circuit.” He also went onto say that this makes them “a major threat.”
Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo took pole position in the Monaco Grand Prix earlier in the year because that circuit suited them. “The layout is low-speed, so we will run as much downforce as possible – similar to Monaco.” are the words of Paddy Lowe, Mercedes Technical Director, ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. This perhaps puts the best perspective on Red Bull’s chance to win this weekend.
Toto Wolff has always been a wise man and wouldn’t hold back from saying what’s on his mind – as proved following the clash between Hamilton and Rosberg in Austria. Wolff is perhaps spot on when saying the Red Bull is a major threat, because quite honestly it will be. The tight and twisty 4.381km circuit is one that suits a strong chassis and aerodynamics package to maximize the mix of slow, medium and high speed corners – something that is a strength of the Red Bull.
Red Bull proved in both 2014 and 2015 that the Hungaroring was their circuit – they won the 2014 race and posted their only double podium of 2015 there. The team continued to prove that their chassis was still the strongest on the grid this year with pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix. With the similarities to Monaco, I see absolutely no reason why Red Bull cannot win this weekend, Toto Wolff has told us the absolute 100% truth.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will get underway this weekend with practice on Friday. This will be the 2nd to last round before the summer break. Nico Rosberg will be hoping to extend his advantage on Lewis Hamilton to enter the break ahead in the World Drivers Championship. But he will have to pull something out of the hat as Lewis Hamilton has stated he is “feeling fresh, feeling powerful and feeling confident heading to Hungary.” It truly is game on now.