Hungary, Round 12 of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship – the final race before the summer break.
The Hungaroring is one of McLaren’s most successful venues of the recent past, Fernando Alonso finished 5th in 2015, 7th in 2016 and 6th in 2017.
McLaren’s McL33 should suit the characteristics of the Hungarian race track, promising one of the little chances at a top 5 finish for Alonso & Vandoorne in this season.
The Woking based team scored 40 points in the first 5 races of 2018, but only 8 points in the next 6 Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso scored 40 points in total going into the Hungarian Grand Prix, Stoffel Vandoorne only 8.
Alonso’s maiden win in 2003 remains his only victory at the Hungaroring, but he scored 5 podiums in total.
McLaren’s most recent win in Hungary was in 2012, when Lewis Hamilton won.
Fernando Alonso, Prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix:
“The Hungaroring is a great track and an enjoyable place to finish the first half of the season before the summer break. I expect a lot of fun there, as it’s always a nice event. I love the fans in Budapest because they’re very passionate about the race. They’re at the airport, the hotel, the circuit, even on the highway going to the track with their flags, so it’s always a nice weekend to experience and enjoy.”
“The track itself is a good one. It’s a like a big go-kart circuit for Formula 1 so there’s no time to breathe – especially in the second sector where there are a lot of corners. It’s normally a good weekend, and I’m looking forward to being in Budapest and enjoying every minute there. It’s a really cool city.”
“Last weekend in Germany we took a gamble with our tyre choice in the rain and it didn’t pay off, but racing is about taking risks and sometimes you can get a great result out of it, and sometimes you don’t. We’re already looking ahead to Hungary and although the weather is usually a little bit more predictable there, you never know and we’ll prepare ourselves to be ready for anything and see if we can bring home some points.”