Extreme heat conditions are expected to hit this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, as unseasonably warm weather bakes much of continental Europe.
Weather forecasters are predicting that the mercury could nudge 40°C (104°F) during Sunday’s 70-lap race at the Hungaroring, which will place drivers, teams and their machines under tremendous stress.
Quite how these conditions will affect Pirelli’s new dry-weather tyre compounds – which will be in use for the first time this weekend – remains to be seen, and it will certainly be one of the talking points of the weekend.
It’s been over eight years since these sort of hot conditions hit a Grand Prix, with the last time being back at the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix. Back then, the air temperature hit 40°C, while the track temperature was a tarmac-melting 56°C (132.8°F)!
That Grand Prix was considered to be among the hottest in history, taking it close to the baking conditions seen at the one-off Dallas Grand Prix in 1984, which saw the track literally disintegrate in the extreme heat.