Sports | 27 July 2017

Hungarian GP: A busy weekend for the drivers!

2017 - Renault Sport Formula One Team - GP Hongrie
Although the actual racing lasts a little less than two hours, a typical grand prix weekend leaves the drivers with barely any respite during their four days at the circuit. We take a look at their programmes (local times, CET) at the Hungaroring…
by Caroline De Beaumont


• 10:45am-11:45am: Track walk. A key part of the build-up, according to Jolyon Palmer.

The track walk is a useful tool before you get out on the track in the car. For a new track it’s particularly useful as it helps you learn where it goes! But even for a track you know well it gives you an insight to any changes, whether they be things like new kerbs or more subtle things like the evolution of the track surface since you last raced there. It’s also good to get some time in the fresh air with your engineers rather than always sitting in front of a computer screen! Your engineers can’t sit with you in the car – even if we can speak to them over the radio – so it’s good to see the corners and discuss set-up in the locations where it actually matters. »
Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team driver

• 1:00pm: Race team lunch
• 2:00pm-2:30pm: Media interviews
• 2:30pm-3:45pm: Event briefing
• 3:00pm-3:25pm: Media interviews
• 3:45pm-3:50pm: Merchandising signing
• 3:50pm-4:15pm: Meet and greet with Eurocup drivers
• 4:25pm-4:45pm: Autograph session
• 7:15pm-9:00pm: Renault Hungary event


9:00am: Meeting to present the day’s programme
• 10:00am-11:30am: FP1.

Free Practice 1 is all about validating set-up and testing any new parts on the car.” Jolyon Palmer

• 11:40am: Drivers’ debrief
• 12:30pm: Race team lunch
2:00pm-3:30pm: FP2.

FP2 is more about validating any changes made after lessons learnt in FP1, then focusing on tyre performance and analysis.” Jolyon Palmer

• 3:40pm: Drivers’ debrief
• 4:15-4:35pm: Media interviews
• 5:00pm: FIA drivers meeting
• 6:00pm: Performance summary meeting
• 7:00pm: Dinner


• 10:00am: Meeting to present the day’s technical programme
11:00am-12:00 noon: FP3.

Jolyon Palmer: “FP3 is your final opportunity to test any refinements made after FP2 and then lets you prepare for qualifying that follows it.”

• 12:10pm: Debriefing with engineers
• 1:00pm: Qualifying strategy discussion
• 2:00pm-3:00pm: Qualifying. The aim is to reach Q3 and earn a top-10 place on the grid
• 3:00pm-3:10pm: TV interviews
• 3:15pm: Lunch
• 3:35pm: Paddock Club meet and greet
• 4:00pm: Performance summary meeting
• 4:30pm-5:00pm: Media interviews
• 5:00pm-5:30pm: FOM autograph session


• 10:15am: Race strategy meeting.

Nico Hulkenberg: “There’s not so much to do in the build-up to a grand prix as all the hard work’s already been done, and that’s a good thing as it allows you to focus and be in a good place before heading to the grid. You need to ensure you’re fed and hydrated.”

• 10:50am: Paddock Club meet and greet
• 11:15am: Pre-race briefing
• 12:00 noon: Lunch
• 12:30pm: Drivers’ parade
• 1:30pm: Pit lane opens
2:00pm: Start
• After the race: TV and media interviews
• 4:15pm: Race debrief

Join us for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix which starts at 2:00pm local time (CET, July 30).

For more information:

Hungarian Grand Prix


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