July 15th, 2020

Third time’s a charm

It’s race week… again! Our busy summer of racing continues this weekend with the Hungarian Grand Prix, the final event of the triple header of races that kick-started the 2020 season. After two events on the fast layout of Austria, we head to Budapest for something at the other end of the scale – the tight and twisty Hungaroring.

Once famously described as “Monaco without the walls” (and the yachts, one may add), this track, first added to the F1 calendar in 1986, has often produced chaotic races and surprise results; usually placed just before summer shutdown in the baking heat of early August, it’s a technical track with corners in quick succession, one that offers tough conditions for the drivers, who can only catch a breath – briefly – on the short home straight. It’s also a venue that can be challenging for the crew in the garage: even though we are a few weeks earlier than the race’s usual slot, the temperature in Budapest is expecting to be soaring and, coming at the end of three weeks of relentless work, it will put a strain on bodies and minds.

Complicated races, however, are often those which produce opportunities: as such, we will all need to be in tip-top form to make the most of any chance coming our way. The work of understanding and extracting the potential out of the C39 continues, and we have shown in Austria (both weeks) that both our cars can be in contention for the points.

Budapest will welcome us with its sizzling summer. But in our quest for another top ten finish, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will be turning up the heat even more.