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F1 Hungary GP in Budapest - Hungaroring

Hungary GP: This year, the Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungary GP) will once again be held at the Hungaroring from July 21-23. Before that, the Formula 1 teams made a guest appearance in Silverstone - England. After the race of Budapest-Hungary it goes on to the Grand Prix of Spa - Franchorchamps in Belgium. It exciting F1 summer is just around the corner!

Information about the Grand Prix in Budapest - Hungary GP

In the 1980s, negotiations began for the hosting of a Grand Prix in Eastern Europe. Initially, Moscow was an obvious choice, but eventually all eyes turned to Budapest. Local authorities were enthusiastic about putting Hungary back on the motorsport map.

To host an event of such caliber, a completely new race track was built about 20 kilometers east of Budapest. Construction on the Hungaroring began in 1985 and was completed the following year. Finally, in August 1986, the first Grand Prix was held in Hungary, with an impressive attendance of nearly 200,000 guests.

The Hungaroring is characterized by its narrow track with 16 turns. Overtaking maneuvers are hardly possible. Therefore, strategy plays a crucial role during the pit stops. A notable example of this occurred at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 1998, when Michael Schumacher's Ferrari team suddenly changed strategy in the middle of the race. This tactical decision allowed Michael Schumacher to win the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The race at the Hungaroring often marks the start of the second half of the F1 season and can influence the course of the championship battle. Each year, the Budapest Grand Prix provides an opportunity to score important points and keep the momentum going for the rest of the season.

The Hungaroring tends to be quite dusty, due to low usage during the rest of the year. Still, the track has its own unique charm and remains a challenge for drivers. The race in Budapest requires not only driving skill, but also, as mentioned above, clever and well thought-out race tactics.

The Budapest Grand Prix has become a staple of the Formula One calendar over the years. With its unique track layout and inspiring on-site atmosphere, the race attracts motorsport fans from all over the world every year. The combination of excitement, strategic considerations and the unique backdrop of Budapest makes the Grand Prix an unforgettable Formula 1 experience.

Hungary GP: the track layout of the Hungaroring

The Formula One circuit in Budapest has been used regularly for Grand Prix since 1986, which was a sensation at the time, as Hungary was part of the Eastern Bloc at the time and no change was yet in sight.

Originally, the track length of the Hungaroring was 4.014 kilometers. The race covered 76 laps, which corresponded to a total distance of 305.064 kilometers. The average speed at that time was 151.8 km/h and the race lasted more than two hours. In 2003, extensive reconstruction work was carried out to improve the track. As a result, the track length was increased to 4.381 kilometers, with the start/finish straight alone being extended by 202 meters.

The reconstruction measures helped to adapt the racetrack to modern requirements and offer drivers additional opportunities. The lengthening of the start/finish straight made for exciting overtaking maneuvers and increased the dynamics of the race.

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Winner of the Hungary GP

2022Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing
2021Esteban OconAlpine Renault
2020Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2019Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2018Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2017Sebastian VettelFerrari
2016Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2015Sebastian VettelFerrari
2014Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Renault
2013Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2012Lewis HamiltonMcLaren Mercedes
2011Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes
2010Mark WebberRed Bull Renault
2009Lewis HamiltonMcLaren Mercedes
2008Heikki KovalainenMcLaren Mercedes
2007Lewis HamiltonMcLaren Mercedes
2006Jenson ButtonHonda
2005Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren Mercedes
2004Michael SchumacherFerrari
2003Fernando AlonsoRenault
2002Rubens BarrichelloFerrari
2001Michael SchumacherFerrari
2000Mika HäkkinenMcLaren Mercedes
1999Mika HäkkinenMcLaren Mercedes
1998Michael SchumacherFerrari
1997Jacques VilleneuveWilliams Renault
1996Jacques VilleneuveWilliams Renault
1995Damon HillWilliams Renault
1994Michael SchumacherBenetton Ford
1993Damon HillWilliams Renault
1992Ayrton SennaMcLaren Honda
1991Ayrton SennaMcLaren Honda
1990Thierry BoutsenWilliams Renault
1989Nigel MansellFerrari
1988Ayrton SennaMcLaren Honda
1987Nelson PiquetWilliams Honda
1986Nelson PiquetWilliams Honda

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