Hamilton seeking record fifth Hungarian GP win


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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.

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