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Location: Budapest, Hungary Track Length: 4.381 km Laps: 70 Lap Record: 1:19.071

Hungaroring

Hungaroring F1 circuit guide

The Hungaroring, situated in the small village of Mogyoród, Hungary, has proudly hosted Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986.

This tight and twisty 2.72-mile circuit earns its nickname of "Monaco without the barriers", and as a result overtaking is quite difficult, but spectacular when a driver pulls it off.

Formula 1 holds the Hungarian Grand Prix during the middle of summer, and that only adds to the unique character of this venue.

Usually a track becomes faster over the race weekend as it's 'rubbered in'. But this doesn't always happen at the Hungaroring because of how dry and dusty the region is during that time of the year.

In fact, it took until 2006 for us to see the first wet Hungarian Grand Prix.

The current track has 14 corners. Turn 4 is named after Nigel Mansell due to him famously losing a wheel there during the 1987 event, while Turn 11 is named after Jean Alesi due to the big crash he had at that curve during qualifying for the 1995 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hungaroring F1 circuit information

It was always the wish for Hungary to have a street circuit-style race of their own, so it's no surprise that the Hungaroring has been compared to Monaco for its tight and technical nature. Though it is certainly a lap taken at higher average speed than Monaco, it is still one of F1's slower tracks.

And it's a place that divides opinion. Drivers like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso are said to be among those who love the circuit, while others find it too slow, demanding, and very hot.

Turn 1 - The best overtaking spot on the track. Brake hard into this right-hander which opens up on exit.
Turn 2 - The first of the curves. Tyre performance is key and drivers with more grip can drive around the outside of their rivals if they get it right.
Turn 3 - A sharp right kink, in normal conditions almost flat out.
Turn 4 (Nigel Mansell) - Build speed up to this fast left, there is plenty of run-off area and it's well used.
Turn 5 - Another curve where tyre life is key to maintain speed or risk being passed around the outside.
Turn 6/7 - A tight right-to-left chicane. An overtaking spot if you judge to perfection, or a certain accident if you don't.
Turn 8 - A fairly low-speed left.
Turn 9 - Hang on through this right turn and use the kerb on exit to get back on the power.
Turn 10 - A curve to the left, flat out in qualifying trim.
Turn 11 (Jean Alesi) - Dull the throttle and sweep through the right-hander, again using the kerb on exit but be cautious of going too wide.
Turn 12 - Another harsh braking zone, where a good exit in the last corner sets you up for a possible overtake into this right turn.
Turn 13 - This left bend is the tightest curve of the lap, if anyone gets close around the outside then defending is tricky.
Turn 14 - A long right bend before the main straight, any understeer leaves you in big danger from those close behind on the run back down to Turn 1.

Hungaroring schedule: 2020 Hungary F1 Grand Prix

The Hungarian Grand Prix ranks as one of the most demanding races of a Formula 1 season due to the summer heat which greets it. It will be run slightly earlier in the year than usual, though, with Formula 1 pencilling in July 17-19 for the race weekend. After back-to-back races in Austria, Hungary will form part of a gruellng triple header to fully kick-off the 2020 season.

Hungaroring tickets: how to get them for the big race

Fans have no shortage of options when it comes to purchasing tickets for the Hungarian Grand Prix when they are available, hopefully again for the 2021 race.

The official F1 website sell tickets for the event, while the experiences section gives fans a host of options if they want to immerse themselves in the action even further.

Bookf1.com will also have tickets on sale as well as hospitality deals with the teams, as does the grandprixevents.com website.

Hungaroring ticket lowdown: things to note

The majority of the grandstands at the Hungaroring are down the main straight, but there are a few other options.

The Silver 3 grandstands cover the final corner, (Turn 14), and the start of the main straight.

After that there is the Red Bull hospitality section, and the Silver 4 stand.

The Silver, Gold and Supergold stands stretch down the main straight. Silver 1 and 2 are perfect to see the moment when one lucky driver takes the chequered flag for victory, while Gold 4 gives a perfect view of Turn 1 where you can expect to see some daring overtakes under braking.

The Paddock Club and VIP sections are also located down the main straight.

Bronze 1 and 2 stands give a clear view of the cars as they sweep through Turns 5 and then into the chicane.

The final stand is then situated on the straight heading into Turn 12. But since this track is built in a valley, it makes for easy viewing around large parts of the circuit.

Hungaroring directions: how to get there

The Hungaroring is close to Budapest and its International Ferihegy Airport and the track is easy to reach. But it could work out cheaper for some fans to fly in to Vienna and then travel to Budapest by bus or train.

There are four main train stations in Budapest but most international trains will arrive at Keleti station, on the M3 metro line.

With shuttle buses now connecting local train and metro stations to the circuit it has made the Grand Prix daily commute far easier.

You can reach the circuit from Budapest by driving north-east on the E71/M3 towards Miskok.

Hungaroring address:
Mogyoród
Hungaroring utca 10
2146 Hungary

Hungaroring history, memorable races and past winners

There have been no shortage of memorable races at the Hungaroring.

Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna in the past wowed us all with their duels here, while Nigel Mansell is known for more than just losing his wheel.

In 1989 the Briton went from P12 on the grid to victory after pulling off a sensational overtake on Senna as the Brazilian hesitated when trying to lap traffic.

We also saw a spot of strategical genius when Michael Schumacher outwitted the McLarens in 1998, while Jenson Button won the first wet Hungarian Grand Prix in 2006. It was also his first victory in Formula 1.

Drivers with most wins

Lewis Hamilton, 7 wins (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019)

Michael Schumacher, 4 wins (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004)

Ayrton Senna, 3 wins (1998, 1991, 1992)

Nelson Piquet 2 wins (1986, 1987)

Damon Hill 2 wins (1993, 1995)

Jacques Villeneuve 2 wins (1996, 1997)

Mika Hakkinen 2 wins (1999, 2000)

Jenson Button 2 wins (2006, 2011)

Sebastian Vettel 2 wins  (2015, 2017)

Teams with most wins

McLaren, 11 wins (1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)

Williams, 7 wins (1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997)

Ferrari, 7 wins (1989, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2015, 2017)

Mercedes, 4 wins (2013, 2016, 2018, 2019)

Red Bull, 2 wins (2010, 2014)

Last 10 wins (max of)

2010 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
2011 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
2012 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2013 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2014 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault
2015 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2016 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2017 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2018 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2019 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

Hungaroring F1 circuit fastest lap

Max Verstappen was on red-hot form during the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, and while Lewis Hamilton did emerge victorious from their battle in the end, Verstappen set a new race lap record for the circuit with a 1:17.103 in his RB15.

He also holds the qualifying lap record after setting a 1:14.572 to take pole.

Hungaroring F1 circuit: what the drivers say

Romain Grosjean: "It can get very hot in Budapest. It’s not an easy race, but on the other hand, there’s not many high-speed corners on the track, so it’s more about keeping your focus and concentration all through the race."

Daniel Ricciardo: "I like the Hungarian GP. Everyone always says it’s Monaco without walls, but it’s not, it’s Hungary!"

Esteban Ocon: "I love Budapest and the Hungaroring. It’s my favourite track of the year."

Hungarian Grand Prix Schedule July 17-19

Practice 1 17 Jul 2020 11:00 AM
Practice 2 17 Jul 2020 3:00 PM
Practice 3 18 Jul 2020 12:00 PM
Qualifying 1 18 Jul 2020 3:00 PM
Qualifying 2 18 Jul 2020 3:25 PM
Qualifying 3 18 Jul 2020 3:45 PM
Race 19 Jul 2020 3:10 PM