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Hungarian Grand Prix
First grand prix 1936
Number of laps 70
Race distance 306.630KM
Circuit length 4.381KM
About the Hungarian Grand Prix
The Hungarian Grand Prix has been a staple in the Formula One calendar since joining back in 1986 and has hosted a race every year since.
Located in Mogyoród, Hungary, The Hungaroring is a favourite amongst the drivers with its technical challenge and similar characteristics to that of a karting track.
In 2018, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes took a surprise win in Hungary despite Ferrari being the clear favourites, with the Brit taking the momentum into the summer break of what proved to be another title-winning season.
Hungaroring Track Guide
The track layout has changed several times since its creation, changing twice with the most recent renovation taking place ahead of the 2003 F1 season.
At 4.381 km (2.722 mi), the current layout of the circuit makes it one of the shorter venues on the calendar with just 14 turns making up the lap.
Nicknamed ‘Monaco without the buildings’, the Hungaroring is an old-school venue with a narrow and bumpy track surface making overtaking very difficult.
It’s placement on the calendar also presents another challenge for teams. Part of the tail-end of the European season, temperatures can play havoc with cars and teams must work hard on ensuring their cars achieve enough cooling in the summer heat.
Another characteristic of the circuit, partly due to its short length, is traffic. Qualifying for the race is one of the more entertaining sessions of the season with drivers leaving it as late as possible to get the best of the track conditions but can be caught out by traffic on their fast laps.
Michael Schumacher currently holds the track record at the Hungaroring. His time of a 1:19.071s in the F2004 has not been beaten since the 2004 season.
Last season, Hungary played host to another pivotal round in the 2018 world championship with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes taking an unlikely victory in the face of Ferrari momentum ahead of the summer break.
After the catastrophic German Grand Prix for Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari was desperate to bounce back and the Hungaroring played to their strengths instead of Mercedes.
The traditionally beating heat of the Hungarian summer was washed out with a torrential downpour on Saturday which put Ferrari on the back foot, their car performing worse in wet weather conditions. Having looked comfortably fastest in practice, Ferrari missed out on a vital pole position and Hamilton took the 77th of his career.
The race played out perfectly for Mercedes, Hamilton led the race for the majority and by using Valtteri Bottas as an obstacle for Vettel to deal with in the closing stages of the race. Contact between the two resulted in the Ferrari driver taking second but Bottas had played the team game perfectly.
The Finn’s rear-gunner role helped Hamilton take victory and extend his championship lead over Vettel going into the summer break and stole away momentum Ferrari ultimately failed to win back for the rest of the season.
The 2020 race will begin at 15:10 local time and will fill its traditional spot as the final race of the first leg of the season before the summer break.
|Practice 1||17 July 2020||05:00 - 06:30|
|Practice 2||17 July 2020||09:00 - 10:30|
|Practice 3||18 July 2020||06:00 - 07:00|
|Qualifying||18 July 2020||09:00 - 10:00|
|Race||19 July 2020||09:10 - 11:10|
|Times are in America/New_York Timezone|
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