F1 weekendA close battle between young sensation Lewis Hamilton and his more experienced McLaren team mate Fernando Alonso, coupled with the aftermath of a spying scandal, are both adding spice to this weekend’s Hungarian leg of the Formula 1 circus.
For the first time, legendary cars from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will also take part in the FIA Historic Formula 1 race at the Hungaroring. From 11am on Thursday, the classic cars as well as the Dakar rally cars will parade between Buda and Pest. In addition to the cars driving across the Chain Bridge, it will be worth looking out for the Red Bull airshow.
Production of the Audi R8 is progressing at record speed. From the start of June Audi customers have been able to pick up the first of the marque’s sporty top models. Some 1,500 of the 420 horse-power two-seaters have already found their way to dealers and to customers. R8 production is running at full speed in Neckarsulm, Germany where a maximum of 20 vehicles are constructed daily.
Anyone who has sat in a premium or luxury car, or is perhaps the owner of one or two such cars, can image what it must feel like to admire the scenery from the seat of a Mercedes SL600 or perhaps a Ferrari F430.
Nation burnsThe recent heatwave took its toll on lives, nature and livelihoods. Chief Medical Officer Ferenc Falus last Tuesday said that it contributed to the deaths of up to 500 mainly elderly people nationwide.
Naps may be put to a voteHungary might have to face a national referendum on the introduction of an official siesta. Last week, the ten-member National Electoral Committee decided by 6-4 that the proposal is constitutional. If the unidentified sponsor of the initiative is able to collect enough signatures over the coming months, the government will have no option but to hold a national referendum on the issue.
Police warn of drug war threatDrug gangs could engage in turf wars in the near future as Hungary has changed from a transit country to a target country for drug smugglers, the deputy head of Hungary’s National Bureau of Investigation said last Thursday.
Hens cannot handle the heat according to the Hungarian Egg Producers’ Association. Egg production has fallen by 20% during the heatwave. Higher grain costs this year have pushed the break-even point on an egg to HUF 18.
A Reader’s Digest honesty test performed in 32 cities found that Budapesters were above average when it came to certain morals. Journalists pretended to lose their mobiles, then called them in the hope of getting them back.
Hungary slips in investment rankingHungary has dropped three places to eleventh in a list of the European countries most attractive for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Ernst & Young said last week.