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Quinta, 16 Julho 2020 10:06 | Actualizado em Sábado, 27 Novembro 2021 05:49


 Following back-to-back events with different tyre nominations in Austria to get the 2020 season underway, Formula 2 and Formula 3 move swiftly onto Hungary for a different challenge. Formula 2, with its new 18-inch P Zero tyres, was a highlight of the Austrian weekend, showing both durability and performance.

The Red Bull Ring was a stop-and-go circuit, with a focus on traction and avoiding overheating of the rear tyres, whereas Budapest this weekend is more about lateral loads.

The challenge

• The Hungaroring is known for its tight and twisty layout, resulting in low average speeds compared to other tracks. Demands on tyres are reasonably high though, as the lack of long straights between corners means that the tyres are being worked constantly by traction, braking and lateral forces. Managing degradation is always an important element of the race weekend, especially on the left side of the car.

• Although cars run with high levels of downforce at the Hungaroring, the relatively low cornering speeds make them more reliant on mechanical grip provided by the tyres.

• The layout ensures that overtaking is often more difficult than on other tracks. Consequently, extracting the most from the tyres in qualifying is key to a good result. In the races, a solid strategy and strong tyre management can provide the best opportunities to move forward.

• The changes to the calendar for 2020 result in the Hungaroring rounds taking place a couple of weeks earlier than usual. However, this is unlikely to have an impact on the usually high temperatures, which also make thermal degradation a factor.

The tyres and strategy

• The P Zero Yellow medium and P Zero Red soft tyres have been nominated for F2 at the Hungaroring. These are the same two nominations that were used at the track last year, but now in the new 18-inch size rather than 13-inch, and with brand new compounds.

• In F2, each driver has five sets of slick tyres to use over the weekend: three medium and two soft. They also have three sets of wet-weather tyres. During race one, where there is a mandatory pit stop, both compounds have to be used unless it is declared a wet race. Pit stops are optional in race two.

• One slick tyre is nominated for each F3 round: in Hungary, it’s the medium. The same tyre was used at the Hungaroring in 2019, as well as at the opening round of 2020 in Austria.

• F3 drivers will get three new sets of the medium tyre, plus one carry-over set of hard tyres from round two at the Red Bull Ring (which must be returned after free practice). There are two sets of wet-weather tyres available as well.

What happened last year?

Nicholas Latifi, now racing in F1 with Williams, claimed victory in the F2 feature race. He overtook rival Nyck de Vries at the first corner and made the soft tyres last longer than his rival, pitting later but still emerging ahead despite de Vries attempting the undercut. Mick Schumacher scored his first F2 victory in the sprint race on the medium tyres. Christian Lundgaard and Marcus Armstrong – who are now F2 team-mates with ART Grand Prix – won the F3 races.


Mario Isola, Pirelli head of F1 and car racing: “The debut for our new 18-inch tyres in Austria went extremely well but now we look to Hungary: the action is non-stop for all the drivers in F2 and F3. By the end of this weekend, they will have contested six races in quick succession, gaining plenty of valuable experience. The Hungaroring will provide a completely different test compared to the Red Bull Ring, as demands on tyres in Hungary are quite high despite the relatively low average speeds. Track position is key, so a fast lap at the right moment in qualifying is particularly crucial. Managing the tyres well and being clever with strategy can also create important opportunities in the races, as overtaking is never easy there.”


F2 will race medium and soft tyres in Hungary

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