The Hungaroring is a motorsport racecourse in Mogyoród, Pest County, Hungary, that hosts the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. It hosted the first Formula One Grand Prix held behind the Iron Curtain in 1986. Bernie Ecclestone desired a race in the Soviet Union, but a Hungarian friend suggested Budapest. They wanted to build a street circuit similar to the Circuit de Monaco in Budapest’s largest park, Népliget, but the government decided to build a new circuit just outside the city near a major highway. Construction began on October 1, 1985.
It was built in eight months, which is faster than any other Formula One track. The first race was held on March 24, 1986, in memory of János Drapál, the first Hungarian to win a Grand Prix motorcycle race. According to a survey conducted by Hungary’s national tourism office, Mogyoród ranks third among Hungarian tourist destinations, trailing only the Danube Bend area and Lake Balaton, but ahead of Budapest. The circuit is FIA Grade 1 certified.
The Grand Prix is held during the summer, which is typically extremely hot and dry in this region. It held its first wet Grand Prix race in 2006. Due to its sandy soil and lack of use during the rest of the year, the circuit is normally dusty. Because the circuit is located in a valley, approximately 80% of it can be seen from any point. Normally, an underutilised circuit becomes faster over the weekend as the track surface accumulates more rubber residue; however, this does not usually occur at the Hungaroring because the track can become dusty so quickly. During a qualifying session, the track frequently becomes faster, causing competitors to try for their best lap as late as possible.
The first layout change was made in 1989, when the chicane after turn three was removed by culverting the stream. The main straight was lengthened by about 200 m (660 ft) to 908 m (2,979 ft) in 2003, and the hairpin at the end of the straight was also tightened in an attempt to facilitate more overtaking opportunities, as was turn 12. The circuit length increased from 3.975 to 4.381 km (2.470 to 2.722 mi) as a result of these changes.
|Mogyorod, Pest County, Hungary
|March 24, 1986
|F1 lap record
|1:16.627 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2020)
Mercedes legend Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver at the Hungaroring with eight wins to his name at the circuit. His latest triumph came in the year 2020. The great Michael Schumacher is in P2 with four wins to his name at the track. P3 is occupied by another legend in Ayrton Senna who won at the track thrice.
Most pole positions
The same top three as the one in most wins take the places when it comes to the most pole positions at the Hungaroring. Lewis Hamilton has started the Hungarian GP from P1 more than anyone with eight pole positions to his name. Michael Schumacher comes in at a close second with seven pole positions. Ayrton Senna takes P3 with three poles at the track,
Most successful constructors
McLaren is the most successful team at the Hungaroring with 11 wins to their name so far. P2 is a tie between Ferrari and Williams who both have seven wins at the venue. Mercedes comes in at P3 with five wins in Hungary.