Track Guide – Hungaroring

Track Guide – Hungaroring

Hungary 2012Formula One makes its annual foray into eastern Europe this weekend as it visits the Hungaroring, just outside of Budapest. First hosting a grand prix in 1986, the circuit is a tight and twisty track that makes overtaking difficult. Regardless, the Hungaroring usually produces a tantalising race and 2013 is set to be no different in what could be the hottest grand prix of all time on Sunday. Despite hosting almost thirty races, the Hungarian GP has been affected by rain just once, with Jenson Button claiming his first win at the race in 2006. Fernando Alonso and Heikki Kovalainen have also both claimed their maiden victories at the circuit, whilst it has become a firm favourite of Lewis Hamilton’s with the 2008 world champion winning there three times.

Track Stats

Laps – 70
Track length – 4.381km
Race first held – 1986
Most wins - Michael Schumacher (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004)
2012 pole position – Lewis Hamilton 1:20.953
2012 race winner - Lewis Hamilton
2012 fastest lap – Sebastian Vettel 1:24.136

Flying lap of the Hungaroring (Lewis Hamilton, 2012)

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

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