Hungarian Grand Prix (Magyar Nagydíj)

Tips for…
The Hungarian Grand Prix

  • Tip One – book your tickets, flights and accommodation early to ensure availability and a good price.
  • Tip Two – take sun tan lotion and drink lots of water as it can get very hot at the circuit.
  • Tip Three – make the most of your time in Budapest by visiting some of the top bars and restaurants after the race for a chance to rub shoulders with the teams.

The Hungarian Grand Prix (or Formula 1 Magyar Nagydíj) is one of the highlights of the Formula 1 calendar thanks to the beautiful summer weather and undoubted charm of the host city of Budapest.

Taking place at the end of July / beginning of August each year at the Hungaroring, the Hungarian Grand Prix is the driest European race of the season it having only rained once on race day, in 2006.

This year the race takes place on Sunday, 28th July 2013 with practice sessions taking place on Friday 26th July 2013 and qualifying taking place on Saturday 27th July 2013.

It is one of the biggest and most popular events in Budapest.

The track is situated in a natural bowl, with the result that more than half of the track can be seen from most vantage points around the circuit.

The race is one of the best value in the season with ticket prices significantly cheaper than for some other dates in the F1 Calendar.

There are a number of different level tickets available from general admission to Gold tickets and hospitality packages to match.

Hungarian Grand Prix 2013

Hungarian Grand Prix 2013

A Brief History of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungary first hosted a Grand Prix in 1936, but with the Second World War and the rise of the Iron Curtain across central and eastern Europe the races did not return for fifty years.

With thawing relations between East and West in the early 1980s there was a general desire within the Formula One heirachy to establish a race within the Soviet bloc. At first Moscow was the focus of negotiations but attention turned to Budapest in 1983 following overtures of support for the idea from the government of the People’s Republic of Hungary.

A site for a new circuit, the Hungaroring, in a valley 20km outside of Budapest was chosen and construction work began in 1985. In August 1986, 200,000 roaring fans witnessed the return of Formula One to Hungary.

Past Winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Known for being a dry and somewhat dusty track with few passing opportunities – where a good qualifying position and pit-stop strategies are key – the track is certainly a challenge to win.

The only Hungarian to have competed in the Hungarian Grand Prix is Zsolt Baumgartner in 2003 when he retired from the race and in 2004 when he finished 15th and the lap record was set by Michael Schumacher.

Past winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix are:

Year Driver Team
2012 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2011 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
2010 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
2009 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2008 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
2007 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2006 Jenson Button Honda
2005 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
2003 Fernando Alonso Renault
2002 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
2000 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
1999 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
1997 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
1996 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
1995 Damon Hill Williams-Renault
1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
1993 Damon Hill Williams-Renault
1992 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
1991 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
1990 Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault
1989 Nigel Mansell Ferrari
1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
1987 Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
1986 Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
1936 Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo

Photos of the Hungarian Grand Prix

We will soon be adding some photos of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Videos of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Take a look at a video of the 1994 Hungarian Grand Prix below:

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