Webber and Vettel eye victory against Alonso at a “hot race” in Hungary
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso wants enter the August break on a high note. The Spaniard wants to grab his fourth victory of the season to put a large lead on the Formula One standings before entering the second half of the season.
“Mission Accomplished” – that’s what will be going through Fernando Alonso’s mind if he wins at the Hungaroring circuit, which is the same place he celebrated his first Formula One victory nine years ago.
Ferrari and Fernando Alonso set targets for the month of July in an attempt to accumulate the most points before the break. The Formula One team should feel proud over their effort because Fernando Alonso leads the standings with 154 points and has a 34-point lead over second placed Mark Webber.
Although, Ferrari doesn’t have the fastest car in Formula One; Fernando Alonso can replicate his success. Fernando Alonso was second at Silverstone and won last weekend at the German Grand Prix.
“I said that the month of July would be crucial, with 75 points up for grabs in four weeks and so far we have brought home 43,” Fernando Alonso told reporters. “So we will try and finish the job in Hungary.”
“I don't want anyone to come to Hungary better prepared than me, physically or mentally or more motivated than me,” said Fernando Alonso, who has had five podium finishes in the last six races.
“I expect to go well in Budapest and there is no reason to be pessimistic. However, I am not forgetting that Red Bull and McLaren were quicker" at last week's German Grand Prix.”
Red Bull teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are the only drivers posing as a real threat to Fernando Alonso. The duo is also the only drivers to have entered triple digits in the standings.
Weather will bring a lot of questions to the table in Hungary. The drivers will experience relatively warmer climate in Hungary after races in Britain and Germany. Sebastian Vettel reckons the Hungaroring circuit will be relatively slow and warm than what the drivers have experienced this season.
“As a driver you shouldn't underestimate it, as there are a lot of opportunities to make mistakes,” Sebastian Vettel said. “It can be very hot and that means the track can be very demanding physically. In addition, the surface has many bumps which shake you around a lot.”
According to an early weather forecast, it will be 33 degrees or 92 F in Budapest during Saturday’s qualifying session. Mark Webber also sees this as “hot race”.
“The Hungaroring is a good little venue,” Mark Webber said. “Obviously, overtaking has not been easy on that circuit, but it will be interesting to see how the cars perform there as it's a hot race.”