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The Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungarian: Magyar Nagydíj) is an event of the Formula One World Championship which is held at Hungaroring in Hungary.

History[]

Origin[]

On June 21, 1936, the Hungarian Grand Prix was held for the first time. The track was 3.1 miles (5.0 km), and was laid out in Népliget,[1] one of Budapest's parks. All three cars of the Mercedes-Benz, Auto Union and Alfa Romeo were sent, and a very big crowd attended the race. However, there were no races afterwards for fifty years due to politics and World War II.

Hungaroring[]

The Hungarian Grand Prix, being a major coup by Bernie Ecclestone, became the first race in Formula One to be located behind the Iron Curtain. It is a mainstay of the racing calendar, taking place at the Hungaroring in Mogyoród near Budapest. As the Grand Prix is held under the heat during summer time in central Europe, it is the only current Grand Prix venue to not have a wet race until the 2006 race. Although tickets for the Grand Prix were expensive at the time, 200,000 people attended the first race.[1] The support from the fans is still very enthusiastic at the moment, especially from the Finnish fans.[2]

Processional races associate the Grand Prix, because of the track's nature being narrow, twisty and often dusty due to its under-use. Sometimes, a lot of cars follow one another, not being able to overtake. In the 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix, Thierry Boutsen was able to demonstrate it perfectly by leading in his slower but more nimble Williams car in front of 1990 champion Ayrton Senna's more powerful McLaren, who could not find a way to overtake him. Pit strategy is often the secret to performing a win at the Hungaroring, as well as qualifying. This was best demonstrated by Michael Schumacher in the 1998 Hungarian Grand Prix, where Ferrari had his pit strategy changed in the middle of the race before one of his finest drivers was put in so to make a winning margin following all of the pit stops that were made. At the circuit, passing is rare. However, Nigel Mansell was able to do a famously bullish performance in the 1989 race, where he started twelfth on the grid and overtook each car one by one, and eventually took the lead after Senna got baulked by Stefan Johansson. In 2003, the Hungaroring had a slight modification so to allow more overtaking.

Budapest had other notable occasions, like first Grand Prix victories for Damon Hill in 1993, Fernando Alonso in 2003 (also becoming Spain's first Grand Prix winner, and the youngest driver at the time to take victory at a Grand Prix), Jenson Button in 2006, and Heikki Kovalainen in 2008 (also being the 100th Grand Prix victor). Another note comes from 1997, where Hill lost drive of his Arrows car on the final lap, costing him the win to Jacques Villeneuve. In 2014, Lewis Hamilton came within six seconds from Daniel Ricciardo's victory after starting from the pit lane.

In the 2001 race, Schumacher managed to equal the record of 51 Grand Prix wins previously set by Alain Prost, and win the 2001 championship, which too made a match with Prost's career tally.

The first race in Hungary to take place in the rain was the 2006 race, which was also where Button took his first win after starting 14th on the grid.

It was later announced at the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix that Hungary's contract was extended until 2022.[3]

Title sponsors[]

  • 1986: Forma-1 Hungaroring
  • 1987: Ungarischer Grand Prix
  • 1988: POP 84 Magyar Nagydíj
  • 1989: POP 84 Grosser Preis von Ungarn
  • 1990: Hungarian Grand Prix
  • 1991, 2006–2007, 2013, 2016: Magyar Nagydíj
  • 1992–1995, 1997–2005: Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj
  • 1996: Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj Grand Prix
  • 2008–2009: ING Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2010–2012: Eni Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2014–2015, 2017: Pirelli Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2018–2019: Rolex Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2020: Aramco Magyar Nagydíj

Venues[]

Venue (in chronological order) Years
Népliget Park 1936
Hungaroring 1986-present

Totals[]

Venue Events Held
Hungaroring 35
Népliget Park 1 (pre-1950)

Winners[]

Year Driver Constructor Report
1986 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda Report
1987 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda Report
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
1989 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Italy Ferrari Report
1990 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
1991 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
1992 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
1993 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Report
1995 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
1996 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
1997 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
1998 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2000 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2001 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
2002 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari Report
2003 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
2005 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2006 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda Report
2007 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2008 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2009 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2010 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
2011 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2012 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2013 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
2014 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
2015 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari Report
2016 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
2017 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari Report
2018 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
2019 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
2020 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report

Drivers[]

Italics mean not a Formula One World Championship race

Wins Drivers Years
8 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 1988, 1991, 1992
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 1986, 1987
United Kingdom Damon Hill 1993, 1995
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1996, 1997
Finland Mika Häkkinen 1999, 2000
United Kingdom Jenson Button 2006, 2011
Germany Sebastian Vettel 2015, 2017
1 Italy Tazio Nuvolari 1936
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1989
Belgium Thierry Boutsen 1990
Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2002
Spain Fernando Alonso 2003
Finland Kimi Räikkönen 2005
Finland Heikki Kovalainen 2008
Australia Mark Webber 2010
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 2014

Constructors[]

Italics mean not a Formula One World Championship race

# of wins Constructor Years won
11 United Kingdom McLaren 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011,
2012
7 United Kingdom Williams 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
Italy Ferrari 1989, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2015, 2017
5 Germany Mercedes 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
2 Austria Red Bull 2010, 2014
1 Italy Alfa Romeo 1936
United Kingdom Benetton 1994
France Renault 2003
Japan Honda 2006

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brad Spurgeon (26 September 2003). "Formula One: a way of fine-tuning an image". International Herald Tribune. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080804034640/http://www.iht.com/articles/2003/09/26/rrace_ed3_.php. Retrieved 29 February 2008.
  2. "Formula one races draw in fewer fans in Europe". American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary. http://web.archive.org/web/20090504234556/http://www.amcham.hu/BusinessHungary/17-08/articles/17-08_42.asp. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  3. "Hungarian Grand Prix deal extended until 2021". ESPN. 28 July 2013. http://en.espnf1.com/hungary/motorsport/story/118723.html. Retrieved 23 December 2014.

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