Toyota Driver’s View On The 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix
The Panasonic Toyota racing team is heading to Central Europe for the 2006 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix this Saturday, August 6. The Hungarian F1 Grand Prix will take place in the capital city of Budapest, and the event will be held on the Hungaroring racetrack. The Hungaroring racetrack is said to be a long winding circuit that contains numerous curves and corners. It is also a difficult location for Formula One drivers and road test engineers because of the extreme heat and subsequent high temperatures.
Two of the most promising drivers of Panasonic Toyota racing team will put their skills and Toyota wheels to the test by representing their team for the 21st Hungarian Grand Prix. Ralf Schumacher, currently ranked sixth in the driver’s championship, commented: “Budapest is a beautiful city that I always like returning to for the race. There are plenty of things to do and see waysides of the track. The race itself has always been one of my favorites on the calendar, especially because there are so many fans there. One thing is always certain at this race and that is the extreme heat.
“You have to be fit to drive in such high temperatures and still be able to concentrate at the end of the race. The Hungaroring is known for being one of the hardest circuits for overtaking, so it will be very important for us to secure a good grid position. Last year at this race I took my first podium with Toyota and I am hoping that we can repeat these results again this year.”
The Italian racer Jarno Trulli, ranked number seven and falls second place from his teammate Schumacher, also commented about their upcoming race in Hungaroring: “After my race at Hockenheim, I'll be looking for a better finish in Hungary. I am not too familiar with the city of Budapest, but I have heard that many drivers like the nightlife outside of the track.
“I am sure we can expect another very hot weekend and therefore it will be very important for us to make sure the car's entire system temperatures are monitored and kept in line. The track is also challenging because it is very narrow, with lots of corners and although it's very difficult for overtaking it is still quite a fun circuit to drive.
“The track is known to be dusty but this can change as the dust blows around, thus making it quite tricky to get the car handling well and going quickly. We had good results here last year.”
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