Racing Engineering's Stefano and Lello will be looking for more wins in Hungary.

Racing Engineering's Stefano and Lello will be looking for more wins in Hungary.

24.07.2014: 2014 GP2 Series Round 7, Hungaroring The 2014 GP2 Series now moves to Hungary and it marks the

2014 GP2 Series Round 7, Hungaroring

The 2014 GP2 Series now moves to Hungary and it marks the start of the second half of the season with six rounds completed and five, including this weekend, still to come.

The last round at Hockenheim proved to be very good for Stefano when he finished 4th in Saturday’s Feature Race and, aided by an excellent tyre strategy from the Racing Engineering team, he took an excellent win in Sunday’s Sprint Race despite very difficult wet and dry conditions.

For Lello it was a case of what might have been, in the Feature Race he was lying 6th but his engine stalled during his mandatory pitstop and he dropped back to 23rd. In the Sprint Race he drove brilliantly in the wet moving from 17th to 3rd in four laps until a gearbox problem stopped him and he had to retire.

For this weekend Pirelli will be providing the same tyres as were used in Germany, the P Zero White medium and! P Zero Yellow soft tyre. The 4.381Km Hungaroring circuit is the slowest of the permanent circuits that the GP2 teams race on and it’s twisty nature, bumpy surface and often dusty surface make overtaking difficult so a good qualification is very important.

Racing Engineering have a good record in Hungary with their drivers finishing on the podium on the last two visits to the track and with the speed shown by Stefano and Lello in the last three rounds both men will be in with a great chance of taking the win in both races.


Practice: Fri 25 Jul 2014, 12:00 (GMT+2)
Qualifying Session: Fri 25 Jul 2014, 15:55 (GMT+2)
Race 1: Sat 26 Jul 2014, 15:40 (GMT+2)
Race 2: Sun 27 Jul 2014, 10:35 (GMT+2)

GP2 Round 7 Hungaroring

 Length of lap:    4.380 km
  2013 best Racing Engineering:    P3 in Qualifying - P4 in R1 – P3 in R2
  Tyre Wear:    High
  Brake Wear:    Medium
  Downforce:    High
  Throttle Average:    63%
  Fastest turn:    T4
  Hardest Braking Point:    T1
  Gear shifts per lap:    30
  Top Speed:    290 km/h
  Average Speed (Qualifying) 2013:    178.777 km/h
  Average Speed (Race) 2013:    165.275 km/h
  Pole Position Time 2013:    1:28.219

GP2 Facts:

  1. The Hungaroring is 19 km from the centre of Budapest.

2. The twisty 4.381km circuit is often compared to a kart track, with one slow speed corner leading into another in very quick succession.

3. Average temperatures over the past years have been around the 26°C mark, putting an emphasis on efficient cooling solutions.

4. With 14 corners and just one real straight, the Hungaroring presents teams with a similar problem to that encountered in Monaco – how to maximize high downforce performance.

5. All the corners seem to link together — turn 5 is a radial corner and patience on the throttle is rewarded, as there are lots of bumps that upset the balance of the car.

6. The Hungaroring is set in a very dusty amphitheatre and the levels of airborne dust and sand are very high.

7. The kerbs at the exit of Turns 3, 8 and 9 are provided with a drainage system for water that may accumulate in surface depressions.

8. The last corner before entering the start-finish straight is a high-speed chicane where drivers run over the kerbs – but hitting them too hard upsets the car’s balance.

9 The full length of the start-finish line is 788 meters.

10. The start-finish straight is the widest area of the circuit: 15 meters, elsewhere the width varies between 10 and 11 meters.

GP2 versus Formula1

  1. The average speed in F1 is 194km/h and 178 km/h in GP2.

2. F1 throttle usage is 56% vs. 63% of the lap that the engine spends at full throttle in GP2.

3. F1 top speed (including DRS) is 300 km/h – GP2 (without DRS) is 290 km/h.

4. F1 drivers will change gear 59 times per lap compared to the 30 times that a GP2 driver will have to do.

5. Race distance is different: F1 go around the circuit for 70 laps and GP2 do a total of 64 laps during two days - 36 laps in the Feature Race and 28 in the Sprint Race.

6. Pole position in F1 was set in 2013 at 1:19.388 – Pole position in GP2 was set in 2013 at 1:28.219.

- Ines Koschutnig - photo Racing Engineering


24.07.2014 / MaP

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