The Red Bull Air Race 2017 will mark its midpoint in a summertime spectacle at the heart of Hungary’s capital. With a tie at the top of the standings, anticipation for the traditional race in Budapest has never been higher.
Fans have been lining the banks of Buda and Pest for the 370kph action ever since 2004. Yet the location still holds surprises. This year, the pilots face a new strategic challenge: instead of one racetrack layout to study, they have two – each new, difficult and designed to accommodate a possible variation in the Danube’s water level. The final selection will be determined by local conditions only days before the race. Does learning two tracks create twice the tension?