HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
HUNGARORING - BUDAPEST
FP1: 14:00 - 15:00 / FP2: 17:00 - 18:00
FP3: 13:00 - 14:00 / QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00
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FP1: 14:00 - 15:00 /
FP2: 17:00 - 18:00
FP3: 13:00 - 14:00 /
QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00
Hungarian GP: all you need to know
The Hungarian Grand Prix was first held in 1986 and has been staged continuously since then, for 34 years, with all races run at the Hungaroring in the height of summer. This event is usually the final round prior to the season’s summer break, when racing and all factory activity has to stop, creating a watershed moment in the year.
That means everyone wants to do well there, because there’s no better way to go on holiday than with the winner’s trophy from the Hungarian GP in your hands.
The Hungarian Grand Prix has played a special role in the history of our team, because it was at this race that a couple of our drivers started their F1 careers with us, including our most successful alumnus Sebastian Vettel.
Fun and frustration at the Hungarian GP
When the Formula 1 circus first came here in ’86, Hungary wasn’t quite the Forbidden City, but it did provide a tantalising glimpse of life in “Eastern” Europe, with armed border guards, austere living conditions and a sense you were stepping back in time. It was often said that Budapest was a great city to go shopping if there was anything you had forgotten to buy in the Sixties!
These days, it’s a bustling modern city, apart from the magnificent historic buildings and its most appealing natural feature, the River Danube that cuts it into Buda and Pest, the two sides joined by some spectacular bridges.
The actual Hungaroring circuit is fun and frustrating all at the same time: driving a single lap of this twisty “Monaco without the barriers” is a challenge enjoyed by all the drivers, but on race day, the difficulties of overtaking, despite the main straight being lengthened a few years back, can make for the occasional traffic jam.
A big accident at the first corner knocked out several cars and, in the end, a maiden victory went to Esteban Ocon for Alpine, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. But the Aston Martin driver was disqualified, so that Carlos Sainz found himself promoted to third in the Ferrari.
A glorious past.
The Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix has been held at the Hungaroring since 1986. But the first real motor race to take place in Budapest dates back to 1936, long before Formula 1 was created. It was held in the Népliget park and was won by Tazio Nuvolari.
The track is very narrow and twisty, with overtaking being far from straightforward, but not impossible. The most famous charge up the order took place in 1989 courtesy of Nigel Mansell, who managed to win in his Ferrari, having started from 12th on the grid.
A lot of corners!
The particularly curvy nature of this circuit prompts comparisons with a karting track. For the drivers, it’s all about getting into a flowing rhythm to tackle the endless corners, with no chance to catch your breath! The cars run with a lot of aerodynamic downforce, almost on a par with Monaco.
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results HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
|1||Lewis Hamilton Mercedes||1:18.374|
|2||George Russell Mercedes||1:18.407|
|3||Carlos Sainz Ferrari||1:18.434|
|4||Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:18.509|
|5||Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes||1:18.653|
|6||Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault||1:18.716|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes||1:18.775|
|8||Charles Leclerc Ferrari||1:18.806|
|9||Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault||1:18.866|
|10||Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:18.935|
|16||Valtteri Bottas AlphaTauri RBPT||1:19.240|
|19||Valtteri Bottas AlphaTauri RBPT||1:19.527|
|1||Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:17.703|
|2||Charles Leclerc Ferrari||1:17.768|
|3||Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault||1:17.904|
|4||Carlos Sainz Ferrari||1:17.946|
|5||Lewis Hamilton Mercedes||1:18.035|
|6||Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes||1:18.121|
|7||George Russell Mercedes||1:18.154|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes||1:18.198|
|9||Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault||1:18.216|
|10||Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:18.445|
|1||George Russell Mercedes||1:17.377|
|2||Carlos Sainz Ferrari||1:17.421|
|3||Charles Leclerc Ferrari||1:17.567|
|4||Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes||1:17.769|
|5||Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault||1:18.018|
|6||Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault||1:18.078|
|7||Lewis Hamilton Mercedes||1:18.142|
|8||Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:18.157|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes||1:18.379|
|10||Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:18.823|
|1||Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:39:35.912|
|2||Lewis Hamilton Mercedes||+7.834s|
|3||George Russell Mercedes||+12.337s|
|4||Carlos Sainz Ferrari||+14.579s|
|5||Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT||+15.688s|
|6||Charles Leclerc Ferrari||+16.047s|
|7||Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes||+78.300s|
|8||Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault||+1 lap|
|9||Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault||+1 lap|
|10||Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||+1 lap|
|12||Sebastian Vettel AlphaTauri RBPT||+1 lap|
|19||Sebastian Vettel AlphaTauri RBPT||+2 laps|