"The Hungarian Grand Prix is an enjoyable race because Budapest is abeautiful city and the Hungaroring is a super-cool track. There are noproper straights on the lap and many of the corners are inter-linked, so ifyou make a mistake in one, you're still paying for it three corners later.
"The track picks up quite a lot of grip as more rubber goes down, whichresults in you going about five seconds per lap quicker during the race thanwas the case during Friday morning practice. When you combine that with theheat, it becomes seriously hard work for the drivers! The change in the griplevel also makes it difficult to evaluate set-up changes, but that's part ofthe challenge.
"You brake for Turn 1 from 290kph and shift down to second gear. Youaccelerate out, pass through a kink and brake again for Turn 2, a longleft-hander. It is second or third gear, depending on gear ratios, and it'sa bit bumpy on entry so you have to be careful not to lock a wheel.At the exit you need to keep hold of the car because Turn 3 is a flat-outright-hander where you need to carry as much speed as possible because it'sfollowed by a short straight.
"Turn 4 is a very fast fifth gear left-hander. The entry is blind and theexit is very narrow, so it's easy to make a mistake. If you have a goodrhythm, you can carry speed through here and make up a lot of time.Usually fast corners aren't the place to make time, but you can through herebecause this corner punishes car-driver combinations that aren't in tunewith each other.
"I love Turn 5 because you can attack it like you would in a go-kart.You brake, you chuck the car in, you slide all four wheels and you put thepower down just as you hit some quite severe bumps. This makes it reallyexciting and you continue the four-wheel slide to the exit. Then you come toTurns 6 and 7, a chicane. You hit the right-hand kerb, but don't want totouch the one on the left because that unsettles the rear wheels underacceleration.
"A short straight follows before Turns 8 and 9. If your car has a good frontend, you can carry an enormous amount of speed through Turn 8, which is afourth gear left-hander. You want to keep to the left on the exit to ensureyou have a good line through Turn 9, which is quite a slippery right-hander.If you lift off the throttle too fast on the approach, you have snapoversteer; if you lift too gently, you'll get understeer. It's a trickycorner.
"Turn 10 is a flat-out left-hand kink, before you come to Turn 11, which isa very fast right-hander. You approach it in sixth gear, change down tofifth and chuck the car in, hoping the front end sticks to the road.It's a very cool corner. You then go down a hill and brake to second gearfor a right-hander which is quite straightforward, although you want tosteer clear of the exit kerb because it will slow you down.
"The penultimate corner is quite bumpy on entry and it's easy to out-brakeyourself. It's third gear and you floor the throttle mid-corner and steerthe rear end with the throttle. A short burst of acceleration follows,before turning in to the last corner. It's very bumpy and slippery on entry,but there's a change in the asphalt in the middle and that's your cue tofloor the throttle. You can't see the exit at this point, but it appearssoon enough and you cross the start-finish line to begin another lap."
Honda in Hungary
Honda began operations in Hungary in 1994 since when it has developed anetwork of 31 car dealerships across the country. Car sales for HondaHungary topped 4,900 units in 2007, which was an 18% increase on theprevious year, despite the overall market dropping by 6%.
Honda also has 29 motorcycle dealerships in Hungary. Sales were 2,903 unitslast year and, new for 2008, Honda has started Safety Riding Training,through which it hopes to educate 1,500 customers.
New to HondaRacingF1.com
Recent additions to Honda Racing TV include a feature on the Honda Racing F1Team's ISO14000 certification and a trailer for the forthcoming series offilms from the Goodwood Festival of Speed. New this week will be a previewof the Hungarian Grand Prix and a look into the team's pitstop practiceactivity.