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The Hungarian Grand Prix - did you know? 25 Jul 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 27 July 2012 Second place finisher Ayrton Senna (BRA) Lotus 98T leads the eventual winner Nelson Piquet (BRA) Williams FW11 and Alain Prost (FRA) McLaren MP4/2C who had an accident and retired. Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, 10 August 1986. Zsolt Baumgartner (HUN) Jordan Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, 1 August 2003 Nigel Mansell (GBR) Williams FW11B leads the field away on lap 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, 9th August 1987 Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F1 2001 crosses the finish line to win his fifty-first Grand Prix and his fourth World Championship Ð the second in a row for Ferrari. Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Budapest, 19 August 2001. World ©  Sutton. 1st Place Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R23 punches the air on the podium as he claims his first place
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary, 24 August 2003 Race winner Jenson Button (GBR) Honda celebrates in Parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, 6 August 2006 Damon Hill (GBR) Williams Renault FW15 celebrates his debut Grand Prix win. Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary 15 August 1993 Nigel Mansell, left, celebrates clinching the title with race winner Ayrton Senna, right. Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, 16 August 1992 race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/24 celebrates at the end of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 26 July 2009

Did you know that, at 4.381 kilometres long, Budapest’s Hungaroring circuit is the third shortest track on the calendar after Monaco and Canada? As Hungary prepares to host the Formula 1 Magyar Nagydij 2013, we present a myriad of other interesting facts and figures about the race…

• The Hungaroring, just outside Budapest, has hosted all of the 27 Formula One Grands Prix previously held on Hungarian soil.

• As a circuit, the Hungaroring has changed little since the first Hungarian Grand Prix in 1986, though there was a right-left chicane between Turns 3 and 4 for the first three races.

• Only one Hungarian has ever started his home Grand Prix, or indeed any other F1 Grand Prix - Zsolt Baumgartner, who drove for Jordan and Minardi in 2003/2004.

• Nelson Piquet triumphed in the first Hungarian Grand Prix in 1986. He was driving a Williams FW11-Honda. The Brazilian repeated the feat the following year, this time in a Williams FW11B-Honda.

• Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most Hungarian Grand Prix wins - four. Lewis Hamilton has won the race the most times of any current driver - three, a distinction he shares with the late, great Ayrton Senna.

• Michael Schumacher holds two other Hungarian Grand Prix records - the most pole positions (seven) and the fastest lap (1m 19.071s, set in 2004 in a Ferrari).

• Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso (once), Kimi Raikkonen (once) and Mark Webber (once) are the only current drivers other than Hamilton to have won in Hungary. Button and Alonso both scored their maiden F1 wins in Hungary (in 2006 and 2003 respectively).

• Aged 22 years and 26 days, Alonso became F1 racing’s youngest winner with his victory in 2003. His record was subsequently surpassed by Sebastian Vettel when he won in Italy in 2008 aged 21 years and 73 days, but Alonso is still second on the list of youngest race winners.

• Hungary is one of only two races on the calendar that Sebastian Vettel has not won (the other being the USA).

• McLaren are statistically the most successful team in Hungarian Grand Prix history. The British team has won the race 11 times and finished on the podium on 11 other occasions. Williams have seven wins in Hungary, Ferrari five and Red Bull only one.

• Lewis Hamilton’s 2009 victory for McLaren was a historic one - it was the first win for an F1 car equipped with KERS.

• Kimi Raikkonen has finished on the podium in six of the 10 Hungarian Grands Prix he’s started. If he finishes on the podium in 2013 he’ll equal the podium record jointly held by Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.

• Prepare the celebratory cake - the Hungarian Grand Prix will be Adrian Sutil’s 100th F1 start. The German made his debut for Spyker at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix.

• The Hungaroring is renowned as a tough track to overtake on, but in the 27 previous world championship Grands Prix held there, the pole sitter has been victorious on only 11 occasions.

• Two drivers have won the Hungarian Grand Prix from a grid slot lower than 10th, both of them British. Nigel Mansell won from 12th on the grid in 1989, while Jenson Button won from all the way back in 14th on the grid in 2006.

• In the last 10 races in Hungary, the safety car has only been deployed twice.

• Despite its mid-season calendar slot, the drivers’ championship has been clinched at the Hungaroring on two occasions. Nigel Mansell secured the 1992 championship in Budapest, whilst Michael Schumacher won his fourth world title in Hungary back in 2001.

• According to Mercedes, the drivers are on full throttle for 59 per cent of the lap distance. They also make an average of 48 gear changes per lap which equates to 3,360 gear changes over the 70-lap race.

• A number of milestones have taken place at the Hungarian Grand Prix over the years:

- Four drivers scored their maiden wins in Hungary, three of whom went on to become world champion: Damon Hill (1993, world champion 1996); Fernando Alonso (2003, world champion 2005/06); Jenson Button (2006, world champion 2009) and Heikki Kovalainen (2008).

- Only one driver has claimed his maiden F1 pole position on Hungarian soil - Thierry Boutsen in 1990.

- A number of drivers have recorded race start milestones in Hungary - Alain Prost celebrated 100 race starts in 1986, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso both started their 150th race in Hungary in 2010, Jenson Button took his 200th start in 2012, whilst Nico Rosberg took his 100th in the same race, and last year Heikki Kovalainen joined the 100 race club in Budapest.

- Three drivers scored their first F1 podium in Hungary - Jos Verstappen (1994), Pedro de la Rosa (2006) and Timo Glock (2008).

- Riccardo Patrese scored his 37th and final F1 podium in Hungary in 1993. He was driving a Benetton-Ford.

• Jenson Button has appeared in more Hungarian Grands Prix than any other current driver - 13 in total.

• If Ferrari finish in the top ten this weekend, it will be their 58h consecutive race in the points, edging them ever closer to McLaren’s record of 64. Kimi Raikkonen’s points streak, meanwhile, currently stands at 26 races…

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