The most challenging stops
Of the 11 braking sections on the Hungaroring, Brembo technicians have classified only 2 as hard on the brakes, whilst 6 present mid-level difficulty and 3 light. The first braking section after the starting line is by far the most difficult: the single-seaters come in at 340 km/h and brake for 1.56 seconds to slow down to 86 km/h in just 144 metres, the same length as 5 water polo fields in succession. The braking systems and the drivers have to make an incredible effort to face the deceleration of 5.6 g, applying a load of 158 kg on the pedal.
The braking section at curve 4 is also challenging (a load of 127 kg on the brake pedal), in spite of a more moderate amount of time spent on the brakes: just 86-hundredths of a second, enough however to go from 311 km/h to 189 km/h. Among the mid-level braking sections, curve 11 deserves a closer look because the single-seaters use merely 26 metres, the length of one basketball court, to go from 272 km/h to 187 km/h: the drivers are subjected to a deceleration of 3.9 g for every 78-hundredths of a second.