Round 6 Preview – Hungary

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

The Hungaroring in Hungary plays host to the sixth event on the 2015 calendar on a weekend where the mood will be sombre as the GP2 Series remembers Jules Bianchi.

The talented Frenchman will be in everyone’s hearts but the race must go on.

Stoffel Vandoorne still leads the way in the Drivers’ Championship – something we are growing ever accustomed to saying. However, Alexander did manage to close the gap to just (relatively speaking) 65 points last time out. Rossi says he is confident about beating Vandoorne this season so perhaps this is the turning point in the campaign.

The Hungaroring is one of the most unpredictable circuits on the GP2 calendar and often provides drivers with their maiden race victory in the Series; Arthur Pic, Nathanaël Berthon, Max Chilton and Trident Team Manager Giacomo Ricci have all managed it in previous years. It could be worth betting a few of your hard-earned local currency on someone like Pierre Gasly stepping up this weekend.

Speaking of drivers stepping up, Sean Gelael is making his debut this weekend with Carlin. Nicholas Latifi makes a welcome return with MP Motorsport after a brief appearance with Hilmer last year.

The Hilmer team has a driver change itself as Jon Lancaster makes way for Sergio Canamasas who switches from Lazarus. That Lazarus seat which he vacates has been taken by Zoel Amberg.

Predicted temperatures are looking to push towards 40°C so tyre management is going to be key to making strategies work in the Feature Race especially. Pirelli has opted for the middle ground by bringing the P Zero Yellow Soft and P Zero White Medium compound tyres.

Timetable

Practice: Friday 24 July, 12:00 (11:00 BST)

Qualifying: Friday 24 July, 15:55 (14:55 BST)

Feature Race: Saturday 25 July, 15:40 (14:40 BST)

Sprint Race: Sunday 26 July, 10:35 (09:35 BST)

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