Fresh off his second point-scoring finish in Formula 1 Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley is hoping to carry some momentum into this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Hungaroring circuit should suit Hartley's Toro Rosso-Honda being a tighter track that is more about downforce and handling than outright power.

Hartley's teammate Pierre Gasly scored the team's best result of the season at a similar style circuit in Bahrain earlier in the season while the Toro Rosso certainly has appeared more competitive on tracks that aren't so reliant on pure power.

The Le Mans winner drove a good race at Germany last week to score his second top 10 finish of the season.


"After finishing in the points in Hockenheim I will do my best to keep the momentum and head into the summer break with good vibes," Hartley said.

"I've raced at the Hungaroring quite a few times over the years, in Formula Renault 2.0 and Renault 3.5. I also recall having a really good race there in LMP2. It's a track I enjoy and one at which I usually go well. I'm told that, in a Formula 1 car, it's one of the most physically demanding tracks of the year, as there are no straights where you can catch your breath. My fitness is good and I'm feeling up to the challenge in the hot conditions.

"The emphasis on qualifying will be even higher than usual here, because of the difficulty of overtaking, even if it's not quite as tight as Monaco. It is high downforce however, as well as being probably one of the least power-sensitive tracks on the calendar.

"The crowd has always been great at the Hungaroring with passionate racing fans; I'm looking forward to soaking up that atmosphere. It's a cool city to be at, I've spent a few days there in the past and I enjoy the city."