JOHN Booth, Marussia Virgin Racing’s team principal and director of racing, believes the Hungarian Grand Prix will be one of the Formula One backmarkers hardest races of the season.
Just days after recording a two-car finish in Germany, Virgin have arrived in Budapest in preparation for round 11 of the campaign this weekend, looking to end a hectic period on a high note before the summer shut down.
He said: “It is going to be one of the toughest races of the season in terms of technical and physical demands.
“The tight and twisty layout in Hungary makes it a real challenge for the drivers, which have to drive to the limit during the whole lap.
“The surface is quite bumpy and even though overtaking has traditionally been very difficult here, this should change now with DRS and the Pirelli tyres.
“This is the last Grand Prix before the summer break, so we hope to put in another good performance before a well-deserved rest for the team.”
But Virgin driver Timo Glock has fond memories of the Hungarian track, having claimed his first ever podium in F1 there three years ago.
Glock, who agreed a new three-year deal with Virgin on Sunday, said: “Hungary is always one of my favourite races of the season.
“Budapest is also a unique city and I always enjoy the race weekend here.
“It’s a very challenging and physical track but its always good fun to drive. The circuit generates an incredible amount of grip as the weekend gets underway, which can provide a real challenge in finding the right set-up for the race.”