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Sebastian Vettel eyes first win in Hungary

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Vettel won his first German GP recently. (©GettyImages)
Vettel won his first German GP recently. (©GettyImages).

Formula 1 World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has made clear his intention of scoring his first Hungarian Grand Prix victory this weekend.

Vettel, who led home Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean by one and six seconds respectively, currently leads the championship by 34 points.

Despite having won 30 Grands Prix since 2008, the Hungaroring circuit remains the only European track on the 2013 calendar that Vettel hasn't taken victory at.

"This will be our first race back on the 2012 tyres and we will see how they respond to the demands of the long corners and high track temperature," the three-time Formula 1 World Champion said to Red Bull.

"Hungary has some interesting memories for me and it was my first F1 race with the Red Bull family."

"Let's hope I can add to my memories by winning there for the first time before I go on holiday."

Meanwhile, Australian team-mate Mark Webber was less aggressive in his analysis of the race ahead, highlighting his record at the track as reason to be hopeful.

"My first ever race [at the Hungaroring] was in 1998 with the Mercedes sportscar, where we won the race," He said.

"[It's] been a good circuit for me over the years and I have picked up a lot of points there, including my win in 2010."

For the Hungarian Grand Prix, Pirelli will revert to kevlar-belt tyres intended to replicate the reliability of the company's 2012 tyres.

Pirelli is hopeful this change will make the tyres more resistant to cuts and punctures.

Although originally expected to be provided with the hard and medium compounds, teams will be given the mediums and softs for this weekend's race, mirroring those provided for last year's event.

The change comes as positive news to teams Lotus, Ferrari and Force India, who have defended the Italian manufacturer's tyre choices this season.

Championship leaders Red Bull and second-placed Mercedes have opposed any changes to the current conservative lineup.


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