Hungarian Grand Prix - facts and figures 03 Aug 2007
As the action gets underway in Hungary, we catch up on some trivia about the Grand Prix itself and Budapests historic Hungaroring circuit
- 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.
- 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 kilometres outside the city. More than 200,000 Hungarians attended that first race and the country has since hosted a further 20 Grands Prix.
- Although the Hungaroring is one of the slowest circuits on the Formula One calendar, it is still one of the most taxing for drivers. The twisty layout features 14 corners and just one short straight, while the normally sunny conditions can see cockpit temperatures soar above 50 degrees Celsius.
- Damon Hill in 1993, Fernando Alonso in 2003 and last years victor Jenson Button all scored their first Grand Prix wins at the Hungaroring.
- 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.
- Up until last years rainy race, the Hungarian Grand Prix had never seen wet weather, during its 20-year existence.
- 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.
- Michael Schumacher remains 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 at the inaugural 1986 event. McLaren are the second most successful constructor in Hungary with six victories, with Ferrari third on five wins.
- 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.
- 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, driving for Minardi, and finished 15th.