Facts and figures - the Hungarian Grand Prix 03 Aug 2006
The Hungarian Grand Prix has been a firm fixture on the Formula One calendar for 20 years, but just how much do you know about its history?
- Both Damon Hill (1993) and Fernando Alonso (2003) scored their first Grand Prix wins at the Hungaroring. Alonso was the youngest driver to win a Formula One race and his victory was also the first by a Spaniard.
- The 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix saw Williams driver Thierry Boutsen score the first - and only - pole position of his Formula One career. He would go on to win the race just three-tenths of a second ahead of McLarens Ayrton Senna.
- Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the Hungaroring, with a total of four wins (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004) and seven pole positions. Ayrton Senna is a close second, with three victories (1988, 1991, 1992) and three poles.
- Williams have won the Hungarian Grand Prix a total of seven times - including two one-two victories, and Nelson Piquets triumph in the inaugural 1986 event. McLaren are the second most successful constructor in Hungary with six victories, with Ferrari third on five wins.
- Goodyear remain the most successful tyre manufacturer to race in Hungary with 13 victories. Of the current suppliers, Bridgestone have won five times and Michelin twice.
- The inaugural Hungarian Grand Prix in 1986 marked the world championships first visit behind the Iron Curtain. Original plans for a Budapest street circuit were abandoned in favour of a purpose-built track, 19 km outside the city. More than 200,000 Hungarians attended and the country has since hosted a further 19 Grands Prix.
- The Hungarorings layout has changed only twice in the circuit's history. A bend added to the original design at the last minute to bypass an underground spring was straightened in 1990. Then in 2003, the first and final turns were tightened in a bid to improve overtaking.
- There have been four double winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix - Nelson Piquet (1986, 1987), Damon Hill (1993, 1995), Jacques Villeneuve (1996, 1997) and Mika Hakkinen (1999, 2000).
- The 1986 event marked Alain Prosts 100th Formula One appearance. The Frenchman would continue to race for another nine years, racking up a total of 199 starts, though he never won the Hungarian Grand Prix.
- Typically scheduled during the summer, the Hungarian Grand Prix, in its 20-year existence, has never seen a wet race.
- The Hungaroring is the slowest circuit on the Formula One calendar after Monaco. The fastest corner is the relatively modest 170km/h left-hand kink at turn four.
- Zsolt Baumgartner, the only Hungarian to compete in a Formula One race, made his home debut at the Hungaroring in 2003 driving for Jordan. Unfortunately he was forced to retire on lap 34 with engine problems. He raced again at the circuit in 2004, this time driving for Minardi, and finished 15th.
- During the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix Damon Hill, driving for Arrows, sensationally passed Michael Schumacher's Ferrari for the lead. However, Hill was denied what would have been the teams first win when, with just three laps to go, a hydraulic problem dropped him to second.
- The first non-championship Hungarian Grand Prix was held on June 21, 1936 over a 3.1-mile track laid out in Nepliget, a park in central Budapest. Tazio Nuvolari won the race for Alfa Romeo.