In a thrilling race at the Hungaroring on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton hunted down young Dutch sensation Max Verstappen with just four laps to spare to win his seventh Hungarian Grand Prix. Here’s our highlights from a big weekend in Budapest.
Exclusive Pit Lane Walk & Guided Track Tour
On Thursday, our Fan Experience guests got a first-hand look at the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix thanks to a Guided Track Tour and Exclusive Pit Lane Walk. Taking place just before the public Pit Lane Walk for 3-day ticket holders, we were greeted by the sight of a full Super Gold Grandstand during our Guided Track Tour. We also watched as several teams practiced their pitstops ahead of the weekend’s action. Finally, our guests posed for a photo with the Championship trophies on the main straight.
Paddock Club Reception & F1 Insider Access
Our Friday evening programme at the Hungaroring kicked off with a Paddock Club Reception, where Kevin Magnussen from the Haas F1 Team joined us to talk about his career to date and hopes for the future. Persistent rain on Friday evening meant that it was not possible to hold F1 Insider Access in the pitlane as normal; instead, we were visited in the Paddock Club by our scheduled guests. Taking the stage to give insights about their Formula 1 roles were Safety Car Driver Bernd Mayländer, former driver Ricardo Teixeira, Elizabeth Muth from the Haas F1 Team and Christian Pollhammer, F1’s Event Logistics Coordinator.
On Saturday and Sunday, we welcomed guests to the Champions Club suite near the pit lane exit. In addition to up-close views of the action and all-day VIP hospitality, Champions Club guests also benefited from several guest appearances; 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve stopped by on Saturday after qualifying to share an honest assessment on the current state of Formula 1, while McLaren Operations Director Mark Norris joined us on race day to tell us some of the secrets behind McLaren’s 2019 resurgence. Champions Club guests also enjoyed a unique behind the scenes tour of the Formula 1 Paddock, where they interacted with current and legendary drivers and learned more about the massive logistical operation involved in moving Formula 1 around the world.
Located right above the team garages, the views from the Formula 1 Paddock Club in Hungary were spectacular! Our guests enjoyed gourmet cuisine, open champagne bars, daily pit lane walks, driving tours of the track, F1 driver appearances and more! Legend guests also got closer to the world of Formula 1 with 1-Day Access to the Formula 1 Paddock, a visit to the podium for a photo and up-close access to the post-race podium to round out an unforgettable weekend.
Number 7 for Lewis
History was made on Saturday when Max Verstappen achieved his first career pole position; in doing so he became the 100th driver to start an F1 race from pole. Verstappen led the field away on Sunday and looked set for his third victory of the season until a superior strategy call from Mercedes saw Lewis Hamilton make a second pit stop late in the race, then hunt down the Dutch driver for the lead with just four laps remaining. It was the British driver’s seventh win at the Hungaroring.
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