Two drivers head to the Hungaroring this weekend with something to prove. Heikki Kovalainen and Timo Glock finished first and second respectively for McLaren Mercedes and Toyota at the Grand Prix last year and both have endured a relative barren spell in recent events.
has finished in the points just twice this year in his MP4-24, including his hard fought eighth position in the German Grand Prix, but is hoping that the development components used by Lewis Hamilton last time out in Germany will help him this coming weekend as he celebrates the anniversary of his sole Formula One victory.
“Obviously, I won in Hungary in 2008 so it will be nice to come back to Budapest again,” the Finn began. “This race is likely to be won or lost in qualifying. You’ve got to be at the front and run an aggressive first stint if you are to succeed in the race.
“I’m really looking to running the team’s new upgrade package this weekend,” he continued. “I had a strong weekend at the Nurburgring and I didn’t let a single car past me in the race – with the improved car I’m really hopeful of getting another strong result at the Hungaroring.”
With one point from the last five races, Glock is hoping for a return to form and a points paying position this weekend in Hungary. He too has new developments available this weekend with a raft of modifications to the TF109 package.
“Hungary is a special race in my career after the podium there last season,” Glock stated.
“That was the first of several strong points finishes for me and I hope another competitive weekend there can get the ball rolling again this year.
“I am in a positive mood and optimistic I can score again,” he declared. “It was disappointing to just miss the points at the last race, especially in front of my home fans, but I made up 11 places after starting from the pit lane so we have the potential to finish much higher.
“One of my targets this weekend will be to get a perfect lap in qualifying because that has been an issue in the last couple of races for various reasons. Lap times are really close this year so if you are a tenth or two off your maximum pace in qualifying you can drop a few positions and that makes life harder in the race. We'll be pushing as hard as possible and I am sure we will bounce back."
With 13 points on the board, Glock is currently tied eighth with Fernando Alonso
in the championship while Kovalainen has only five points to date and is 13th in the standings.