Narrow, winding track with slow corners, where traction matters more than Silverstone. The Hungaroring could therefore wink at Ferrari, but Carlos Sainz wanted to dampen the enthusiasm. Anyone who thinks that the Red will be able to join the Red Bull-Mercedes duopoly is very wrong, according to the Spaniard. Because the Hungarian track over time has been differentiating itself from Monte Carlo and Baku, circuits that still remain slow today.
Leclerc: “Optimistic to think of winning in Hungary”
“I don’t think it’s such a good track for us. I think it’s a great opportunity to be right behind Red Bull and Mercedes, but downforce still matters a lot and from the data we can see that these two cars are ahead of us in the cornersSainz said according to what he reported RaceFans. “Then with these cars, by now, the Hungaroring has become a medium-high speed track. Monte Carlo and Baku have curves from second and third gear, but with the high downforce of the cars we can tackle the central sector of Budapest all in fourth or fifth gear. This was not possible in the past, when this was actually a low speed track. As we saw at Silverstone, Lewis had a little more pace than us on hard tires, so I think they should be ahead in Hungary“.
Budapest: between dreams and reality
In short, it is forbidden to dream more than necessary for Ferrari fans. Even if, with the characteristics of the Hungaroring and the consistently good form of the Red on Saturday, the values could level out, even with the best.