Campos Racing ready for another high-voltage challenge at Hungaroring

Briton Caldwell and Spaniard Merhi, still at the wheel of Boschung’s MoonMobile Dallara, will head to Hungary for the final round ahead of the summer break

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Campos Racing will face another exciting round of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship season, which is set to take part at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest. Following its traditional date in the heat of summer, Hungaroring promises to be another challenging event for the drivers and the cars but rain and storms could spice further up the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend just like in the past seasons.

The Spanish-based racing team will contest the tenth round of the season, out of 14 race meetings scheduled on the calendar, in high spirits. Despite Lady Luck wasn’t on their side in Le Castellet, Campos Racing want to bring back their form from Spielberg. There, Briton Olli Caldwell scored his first points of the season with a well-worked sixth place on Sunday’s feature race. Spaniard Roberto Merhi, who is replacing injured Ralph Boschung in the last races, stepped onto the podium driving the MoonMobile Dallara in Spielberg after a superb performance on his comeback to the series.

Hungaroring is commonly known as “Monaco without the walls” due to its twisty, slow nature. The layout is a significant change in terms of set-up in comparison with high-speed tracks such as Silverstone, Red Bull Ring or Paul Ricard. With high downforce levels, the circuit doesn’t place heavy demands on tires as its asphalt is quite smooth. The non-stop series of corners suppose that the drivers have no time to rest. Besides, overtaking is very tricky and qualifying emerges as a key moment throughout the weekend. Otherwise, pit strategy gambles are necessary to move through the field. Pirelli has nominated the P Zero Yellow medium and P Zero Red soft tires for this weekend.

Both free practice and qualifying sessions will take place on Friday at 10.40 and 18.30 respectively. Saturday’s Sprint race is scheduled at 18.00 with Sunday’s Feature race, with mandatory pit stop for tires change, taking place at 11.35. All times are CET.

Adrián Campos (Campos Racing Team Principal): “Roberto (Merhi) will join once again at the wheel of Ralph Boschung’s MoonMobile car, who continues making progress with his neck injury. After a great weekend in Austria, we struggled a bit in France. Pirelli has brought a softer compound at the Hungaroring, so I think we can feel optimistic regarding Roberto and Olli (Caldwell) and their chances to secure a good haul of points.”

Roberto Merhi (Campos Racing driver of FIA Formula 2): “I’m looking forward to racing in Hungary again. My last time there was in 2018, when I finished 5th in FIA Formula 2. Hungaroring brings me back fond memories because I delivered one of my best performances in World Series back in 2014. Besides, it was also the stage of one of my best qualifying efforts in F1. So, I really expect to achieve strong results and back in the same form seen in Austria. I hope we can make into the points-paying positions and secure a good haul of points to put our woes from Le Castellet behind.”