Webber looking forward to Hungaroring challenge

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Mark Webber is looking forward to Formula One’s return to Hungary next weekend as he hopes to repeat his win from 2010 at the Hungaroring, just outside of Budapest.

The Australian driver, who will retire at the end of the season, spoke about his affinity for the circuit in Red Bull’s grand prix preview.

“The favourite part of the circuit for me is after the top chicane, the left right, it’s the middle sector basically, which is really rewarding,” Webber said. “It’s quite nice to put a Formula One car on the limit through there because it’s quite challenging for the driver.”

Webber also recalled some of his fondest memories at the circuit, with this year’s race marking his final Hungarian GP as a Formula One driver.

“My first ever race there was 1998 with the Mercedes sportscar, where we won the race. The Hungaroring has been a good circuit for me over the years and I have picked up a lot of points there, including my F1 win in 2010.”

Currently lying 5th in the drivers’ championship, Webber will be hoping to claim his first win of the season ahead of the summer break.

Reviewing Danica Patrick’s highs and lows at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.

It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.

In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.

“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.

Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.

For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.