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Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungaroring.jpg
Hungarian Grand Prix
Country 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Hungary
Circuit Hungaroring
Circuit image
Laps 70
Circuit length km 4.38
Circuit length mi 2.72
Race length km 306.66
Most wins driver 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher (4)
Most wins constructor 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams (7)
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren (7)
Race length mi 190.55
Current year 2007
Winner 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton
Winning team 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes
Winning time 1:35:52.991
Pole driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton
Pole team 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes
Pole time 1:19.781
Fastest lap driver 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen
Fastest lap team 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari
Fastest lap 1:20.047


The first Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungarian: Magyar Nagydíj) was held on June 21, 1936 over a 3.1mi track laid out in Népliget, a park in Budapest. The Mercedes-Benz, Auto Union, and Ferrari teams all sent three cars and the event drew a very large crowd. However, politics and the ensuing war meant the end of Grand Prix motor racing in the country for fifty years.

A major coup by Bernie Ecclestone, the 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One race to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Held at the twisty Hungaroring near Budapest, the race has been a mainstay of the racing calendar. Run in the heat of a central European summer, it also holds the distinction of being the only current Grand Prix venue that had never seen a wet race up until the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. The first Grand Prix saw 200,000 people spectating, although tickets were expensive at the time. Today, the support is still very enthusiastic, particularly from Finns, mainly because the Finns and the Hungarians both speak Finno-Ugric languages, which are not part of the Indo-European family of languages.

Due to the nature of the track, narrow, twisty and often dusty because of under-use, the Hungarian Grand Prix is associated with processional races, with sometimes many cars following one another, unable to pass. Thierry Boutsen demonstrated this perfectly in 1990, keeping his slower Williams car in front of champion-elect Ayrton Senna, unable to find a way by. The secret to a winning performance at Hungaroring, as well as qualifying well, is pit strategy, best demonstrated in 1998, where Michael Schumacher's Ferrari team changed his strategy mid-race before Schumacher put in one of his finest drives to build up a winning margin after all the stops had been made. Passing is a rarity here, although the 1989 race saw a famously bullish performance from Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari, who started from 12th on the grid and passed car after car, finally taking the lead in splendid opportunist style when Ayrton Senna was baulked by a slower runner. The circuit was modified slightly in 2003 in an attempt to allow more passing.

Other notable occasions in Budapest include first Grand Prix wins for Damon Hill in 1993, Fernando Alonso (in 2003), the first Grand Prix winner from Spain, who also became the youngest ever driver to win a GP and Jenson Button in an incident-packed race in 2006. Also noteworthy is Damon Hill's stunning near win in the unfancied Arrows-Yamaha in 1997, when his car lost drive on the last lap causing him to coast in second place.

In 2001, Michael Schumacher equalled Alain Prost's then record 51 Grand Prix wins at the Hungaroring, in the drive which also secured his 4th World Title.

The 2006 Grand Prix was the first to be held here in wet conditions. It also saw Mansell's seventeen-year-old record of winning from 12th broken, as Button took his victory from 14th place on the grid.

Sponsors

Pop 84 Magyar Nagydíj 1988-1990
Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj 1991-2005
Shell Magyar Nagydíj 2006
Agip Magyar Nagydíj 2007
ING Magyar Nagydíj 2008

Winners of the Hungarian Grands Prix

Repeat Winners

Only includes World Championship events

Number of wins Driver Years
4 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004
3 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna 1988, 1991, 1992
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet 1986, 1987
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 1993, 1995
22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 1996, 1997
22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 1999, 2000

Year By Year

A light gray background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2007 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Hungaroring Report
2006 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jenson Button Honda Hungaroring Report
2005 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Hungaroring Report
2004 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Hungaroring Report
2003 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso Renault Hungaroring Report
2002 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Hungaroring Report
2001 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Hungaroring Report
2000 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Hungaroring Report
1999 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Hungaroring Report
1998 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Hungaroring Report
1997 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Hungaroring Report
1996 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Hungaroring Report
1995 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill Williams-Renault Hungaroring Report
1994 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Hungaroring Report
1993 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill Williams-Renault Hungaroring Report
1992 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Hungaroring Report
1991 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Hungaroring Report
1990 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault Hungaroring Report
1989 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell Ferrari Hungaroring Report
1988 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Hungaroring Report
1987 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Hungaroring Report
1986 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Hungaroring Report
1937
-85
Not held
1936 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Népliget Report


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