Fast Facts: The Hungarian GP

F1statThe Hungarian Grand Prix has been on the calendar since 1986 and you can read more on this iconic race here. Apart from some scintillating battles over the years, the Hungarian Grand Prix boasts one additionally unique feature. You get to enter via Bernie Ecclestone. Yes, the road into the circuit is called Bernie Avenue. Amazing. Here’s @F1StatMan Fast Facts.

 

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This will be the 32nd Hungarian Grand Prix. The race, joined the Formula One calendar in 1986 and has been held at the Hungaroring ever since.

Lewis Hamilton is Formula One’s most successful driver at the Hungaroring, with five victories so far. He won with McLaren in 2007, 2009 and 2012 then with Mercedes in 2013 and 2016. The Hungaroring is one of four venues at which the Briton has won five times or more. He has won at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve six times and at Silverstone and China’s Shanghai International Circuit five times.

Hamilton’s 2016 win put him one clear of previous Hungary win record holder Michael Schumacher. The German is followed by Ayrton Senna (3).

Aside from Hamilton, four previous Hungarian Grand Prix winner are set to line up on the grid this weekend. Fernando Alonso took his maiden win here in 2003 with Renault, Kimi Raikkonen won in 2005 for McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo won with Red Bull Racing in 2014 and Sebastian Vettel took victory with Ferrari in 2015.

McLaren is by far the most successful constructor at this race, with 11 victories, four more than closest rival, Williams. Ferrari have six wins, while Red Bull Racing and Mercedes are the only other multiple Hungarian GP winners with two victories apiece.

Michael Schumacher has the most pole positions here, with seven. Hamilton is next with five. Three other current drivers have started this race from the front of the grid: Alonso (2003, 2009), Vettel (2010, 2011) and Raikkonen in 2006.

Apart from Alonso, three other drivers have registered their maiden win in Hungary. Damon Hill won for Williams in 1993, Jenson Button took victory for Honda in 2006, while Heikki Kovalainen won with McLaren in 2008.

Jos Verstappen, father of current Red Bull Racing driver Max, scored his first career podium finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 1994, with Benetton. The elder Verstappen’s only other podium appearance was at the Belgian Grand Prix in the same year. Max, meanwhile, has a best finish of fourth in Hungary, in 2015. The teenage driver has  eight career podiums to his credit so far, however.

Aside from Jos Verstappen, three other drivers have stood on the podium for the first time in their career. Pedro de la Rosa was second for McLaren in 2006, Timo Glock was second for Toyota in 2008 and Daniil Kvyat took the same position for Red Bull Racing in 2015.

Raikkonen is tied with Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher as the driver with the most podium appearances at the Hungaroring, with seven. The Finn has one win, as mentioned, five second places (2003, ’07, ’09, ’12, ’13) and one third place in 2008 to his credit. Raikkonen’s Budapest podium tally is not his greatest, however. He has a remarkable eight podium finishes at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

CIRCUIT NOTES

  • The tyre barriers have been increased in depth in places around the outside of Turns 1, 2, 4, 10, 11 and 12.
  • A new debris fence has been installed on the left on the approach to Turn 1.
  • New double kerbs have been installed on the exit of Turns 4 and 11.

DRS ZONE

  • There will be two DRS zones at the Hungaroring, sharing a detection
    point 5m before Turn 14. Activation points are 130m after the apex of Turn 14 and 6m after the apex of Turn One.

 

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