Formula One

 
             === Hamilton seeking record fifth Hungarian GP win ===
 
 Budapest, Hungary (SportsNetwork.com) - Formula One is on track for the second
 weekend in a row with the Hungarian Grand Prix.
 
 Mercedes  driver  Nico Rosberg added to  his lead in the F1 world championship
 point  standings with a victory last Sunday in Germany. Rosberg, a German, won
 on his home soil for the first time with a superb performance, starting on the
 pole and leading all 67 laps at Hockenheim.
 
 Rosberg will attempt to win his fifth grand prix of the season in Hungary, but
 his  teammate, Lewis  Hamilton, has  been very  impressive at  the Hungaroring
 circuit  over the  years. Hamilton  has won  this race  four times,  including
 victories the past two years. He is presently tied with Michael Schumacher for
 most wins in Hungary.
 
 "The  Hungarian  Grand Prix  is always  a special  one for  me, with four pole
 positions  and four wins  from my seven races there so far, including my first
 victory  for  Mercedes last season,"  Hamilton said.  "I don't really have any
 secrets  there. I've  just been  very  fortunate over  the years,  and it's  a
 circuit  I really enjoy. It's one where you can really attack, which works for
 an attacking driver like myself, so perhaps it suits my driving style a little
 bit more than some others."
 
 The 70-lap Hungarian GP is scheduled for Sunday.
 
 On  Friday, Hamilton  led the way in both practice sessions at this 2.722-mile
 (4.381  kilometer), 14-turn  circuit.  Hamilton's quickest  lap  in the  first
 practice  was clocked in  1 minute, 25.814 seconds. His best lap in the second
 session was completed in 1:24.482. Rosberg was second fastest in P1 and P2.
 
 "We  struggled with poor grip on track today," Hamilton said. "I don't know if
 that's  down to the tires or the track itself, but it was quite bad throughout
 both  [practice] sessions.  It's going  to  be important  to get  a good  grid
 position  tomorrow [Saturday's  qualifying], as it will be difficult to follow
 cars on this track. It's always tough to overtake here.
 
 "We  have  some work to do  overnight to ensure we  get the best setup for the
 weekend,  as we're  not fully comfortable with  the car just yet, but our race
 pace  looked okay. We'll have to look through the data to really know where we
 stand."
 
 Rosberg's  best  finish in eight Hungarian  GP starts is fourth, which came in
 2009. He placed 19th in last year's race here.
 
 "It was an amazing feeling to take a home victory for myself and Mercedes-Benz
 at Hockenheim," Rosberg said. "It's been a very special time for me. Now we're
 in Hungary, which is always a really fun weekend in a lot of different ways."
 
 After  winning  the July 6  British Grand Prix,  Hamilton moved to within four
 points  of  Rosberg, but Hamilton's  third-place finish  in Germany put him 14
 points behind.
 
 "This  championship is  proving a big challenge  for me, but that's how I love
 it, and I wouldn't have it any other way," Hamilton said.
 
 After  Hungary, F1  takes a three-week "summer vacation" before it resumes its
 season on Aug. 24 with the Belgian Grand Prix.
 
 Series: Formula One. Date: Sunday, July 27. Race: Hungarian Grand Prix. Site:
 Hungaroring. Track: 2.722-mile (4.381-kilometer), 14-turn road course. Start
 Time: 8 a.m. ET. Laps: 70. Miles: 190.540 (306.630 km). 2013 Winner: Lewis
 Hamilton. Television: CNBC.
 
 07/25 16:12:25 ET

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