Don’t bet on McLaren pulling off its sixth win in seven years at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend. But if they’ve made ground from the Silverstone test last week and have their car work better with the revised construction Pirellis this weekend, a solid result might not be out of the question.
The German weekend was a successful one for Jenson Button and Sergio Perez. For only the third time this season, and first since Spain in May, were both McLaren drivers in the points.
“Of course, a win in 2013 is going to be difficult, but I actually think the team is working very well right now,” Button said in the team’s advance release. “In Germany, our tire-usage, strategy and management of the race was as good as it’s ever been. It would be good to have a car with a little more pace to enable those calls to have a bit more impact at the front of the pack, but, for the moment, we can be satisfied by doing the best possible job in qualifying and on Sunday afternoon.”
Button is a two-time Hungary winner, with an authoritative triumph in 2011 and his first ever Grand Prix win in the wet-dry Hungarian Grand Prix of 2006.
Perez has failed to score in two prior Hungary starts, but does have a GP2 podium on his resume here. Not that that means anything other than he’s due.
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”