Tight and twisting, hot and humid, the Hungaroring is one of the shortest, slowest and most challenging circuits on the calendar. The Hungarian Grand Prix has also been staged for 32 years consecutively, a record only beaten by Monaco and Monza. Find out more about this modern classic in Fast Facts!
Racing Behind the Iron Curtain
The Cold War may have been coming to an end, but Hungary was still very much behind the Iron Curtain when Formula 1® visited for the first time in 1986. After a deal to race in Moscow had fallen through, Bernie Ecclestone turned to Hungary, where authorities in Budapest agreed to construct a brand new, purpose-built track. Located 19km outside of Budapest, the Hungaroring was constructed in just eight months and welcomed almost 200,000 fans from all over the Soviet Bloc for the inaugural race.
The Hungaroring has been a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton, who has recorded five Hungarian Grand Prix victories, the most of any driver. Other successful drivers in Hungary include Michael Schumacher with four wins and Ayrton Senna, who took the chequered flag three times. The only other driver on the current grid to have recorded multiple victories in Hungary is Sebastian Vettel, who won for Ferrari in 2015 and 2017.
Did you know?
- Damon Hill (1993), Fernando Alonso (2003), Jenson Button (2006) and Heikki Kovalainen (2008) all claimed their maiden Formula 1® victory at the Hungaroring.
- The Hungarian Grand Prix hasn’t been kind to World Champions in recent years. The last driver to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and go on to take the World Championship in the same year was Michael Schumacher, way back in 2004.
- The highest finishing position by a home driver in the Hungarian Grand Prix was achieved by Zsolt Baumgartner, who finished 15th for Minardi in 2004. Baumgartner will be piloting the F1® Experiences two-seater car this weekend!