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Hungaroring Circuit
2146 Mogyorod
Pf. 10 Formula One KFT

Tel: +36 28 444 444

Fax: +36 28 441 860

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4.381km (2.722miles)

Race laps:


2015 winner:

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)



First GP:


Lap record:

1:19.071 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)


Permanent Circuit

Total races:



Of all the countries in the former Easter Bloc, Hungary had the freest enterprise culture and the closest links with the West. It also had a motor racing pedigree which went back to a first Grand Prix run in 1906, while there had been racing in Budapest from 1926.

Bernie Ecclestone wanted a race in Russia, but a Hungarian friend recommended Budapest. Initially it was intended that a street circuit be built in the Nepliget, Budapest's largest park, but the government decided on a purpose built new circuit just outside the city near a major highway. Construction work started in October 1985 and the circuit was built in eight months, less time than any other Formula One circuit.

Built with state backing, and laid out in a natural amphitheatre, the Hungaroring opened in 1986 and attracted an estimated 200,000 spectators.

Though the event was well-organised, and the hosts very appreciative, it was felt that the 2.494 mile circuit had been laid out more in the style of a twisty street circuit rather than a bespoke road track. There were few opportunities for overtaking, though things were eased from 1989 when a tight corner, the 'Dirversion' was by-passed and the lap distance became 2.466 miles.

In 2003 a number of modifications were carried out to the track including the lengthening of the start-straight by 202 metres.

However, in the opinion of many, year after year after year the Hungaroring continues to provide one of the most dismal, boring races of the season. This isn't entirely down to the track, but also the 'limitations' of the new breed of F1 car, and indeed the sprint-stop-sprint limitations of the sport.

The Grand Prix is held in the middle of summer, which is usually hot and dry, indeed, the first wet Grand Prix wasn't until 2006. The circuit is normally dusty due to underuse throughout the rest of the year and its sandy soil. As the circuit is in a valley about 80 percent of it can be seen from any point.

Normally an underused circuit becomes faster over the weekend as the track surface gathers more rubber residue; however, with the Hungaroring this generally does not happen because the track can get dusty so quickly. The track frequently becomes faster during a qualifying session, which leads competitors to try for their best lap as late as possible.

The twisty and bumpy nature of the circuit makes overtaking very difficult in dry conditions. Nonetheless, the Hungaroring has been the scene of several memorable races such as the duels of Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell's lost wheel in 1987, Mansell's win from 12th on the grid after a dramatic pass on Ayrton Senna in 1989, Damon Hill's almost victory with Arrows in 1997 and maiden wins for Hill in 1993, Fernando Alonso in 2003, Jenson Button in 2006 in the track's first ever wet grand prix, and Heikki Kovalainen in 2008.

Fast Facts - Provided by the FIA

The Hungarian Grand Prix reached a milestone in 2015 as it marked the 30th time the event has been held. The race joined the Formula One calendar in 1986 and each time has been staged at the Hungaroring, which was purpose-built for the country's arrival onto the F1 schedule.

2015 saw the Hungaroring join the Netherlands' Zandvoort in joint ninth place on the list of most-raced circuits in F1 history. The Dutch track no longer features on the F1 calendar. Immediately ahead of the Hungaroring on the list are Brazil's Interlagos, which will this year host its 33rd grand prix and Hockenheim, with 34.

In 2015, the circuit reclaimed third place on the list of most consecutively used circuits in F1. Monaco, which has featured on the calendar without interruption since 1955 for a total of 61 consecutive races, tops the list. It is followed by Monza, with 34 consecutive grands prix from a total of 64, while Silverstone is third, having recently hosted its 29th British GP in a row among 49 events overall.

The most successful drivers at the Hungarian Grand Prix are Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, with four victories each. Schumacher's wins were scored with Benetton in 1994 and with Ferrari in 1998, 2001 and 2004. Hamilton has won three times for McLaren in 2007, 2009 and 2012 and most recently with Mercedes in 2013.

Apart from Hamilton, four other drivers on this year's grid have won this race. Daniel Ricciardo took his second career F1 win here last year with Red Bull Racing, Jenson Button won in 2011 for McLaren and in 2006 for Honda, Kimi Raikkonen won for McLaren in 2005, while Fernando Alsono took the first of his 32 career wins here for Renault in 2003.

The most successful team here is McLaren with 11 wins, six of those victories coming in the last decade. Second on the list are Williams with seven wins, followed by Ferrari with five.

Given the difficulties with overtaking at this circuit, a good grid position is important. In 29 races so far the race has been won from pole position 13 times and from the first two rows 27 times. Jenson Button's 2006 victory from 14th position remains the lowest starting position from which a driver has won.

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