RACE DEBRIEF

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    Hungary

    2018

    27 - 29 Jul

    RACE REVIEW

    Hamilton leads Vettel home for Hungarian victory

    • Lewis Hamilton 1:37:16.427
    • Sebastian Vettel +17.123
    • Kimi Räikkönen +20.101

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    hungary-flag.png Hungaroring

    Hungaroring

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    First Grand Prix

    1986

    Number of Laps

    70

    Circuit Length

    4.381km

    Race Distance

    306.63 km

    Lap Record

    1:19.071 Michael Schumacher (2004)

    Budapest

    When was the track built?

    Work began on the Hungaroring in 1985, and the track was race-ready just nine months later. The Hungarian government had originally considered reviving the old Nepliget park circuit in Budapest in a bid to host Formula 1 in the country, but in the end decided to create a purpose-built facility instead.

    When was its first Grand Prix?

    The year was 1986. Nelson Piquet won the first F1 race around the Hungaroring, famously slithering his Williams around the outside of Ayrton Senna’s Lotus to take the lead.

    What’s the circuit like?

    The lack of straights at the Hungaroring often sees it compared to a karting circuit – and it’s true, the resemblance is uncanny. With several series of corners to string together, teams opt for Monaco levels of downforce, with a well-sorted chassis tending to be rewarded over horsepower given the short straights on offer. It’s a challenge many of the drivers relish, however, with finding a good rhythm key to setting fast lap times.

    Why go?

    Hungary in July is usually hot hot hot. The good news if you’re at the track, though, is that there’s a water park close by – the Mogyorodi Aquarena vizi szorakoztatopark – which should be a good place to cool off. Away from aqueous activities, the circuit is only 20km from Budapest, putting you close to one of Europe’s most fascinating, storied and lively city centres.

    Where is the best place to watch?

    The track is built in a natural bowl, a bit like the UK's Brands Hatch. That means that any of the grandstands located on or around the main straight should provide a view of other parts of the track too, giving you more F1 bang for your, er, forint.

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