Formula 1 heads to the Magyar land this week, the last race before teams enjoy a well-deserved month-long summer break.

The Hungarian Grand Prix will use P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft: exactly the same selection that was chosen in Hungary last year, and the fifth time that this particular combination will be used in 2017 – including at the last race in Great Britain.

The Hungaroring presents a big contrast to Silverstone though: while it is another well-established permanent venue, it actually has some of the characteristics of a street circuit, such as tight and twisty corners, quite low grip, as well as contained average lap speeds.

The weather can be extremely hot, increasing thermal degradation, which is one reason why the medium tyre is brought to Hungary.

“The track was resurfaced in time for last year’s Grand Prix and it will be interesting to see the effect of this change one year on, as the new asphalt matures,” says Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of car racing.

“We noticed last year that it was smoother and generally faster than the previous surface. The team’s tyre selectionshave leaned in favour of oft and supersoft, so we obviously expect that to form the basis of their strategies.

“Hungary is raditionally a race where strategy makes the difference, also because of the difficulty of overtaking, so the data collection process on Friday and Saturday should be even more important than usual with this brand-new generation of faster cars.”


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