Hungarian Grand Prix

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Hungarian Grand Prix
Race information
Number of times held 31
First held 1936
Most wins (drivers) United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (5)
Most wins (constructors) United Kingdom McLaren (11)
Circuit length 4.381 km (2.722 mi)
Race length 306.663 km (190.560 mi)
Laps 70
Last race (2016)
Pole position
Fastest lap

The Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungarian: Magyar Nagydíj) is a motor race held annually in Hungary. Since 1986, the race has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship.



The first Hungarian Grand Prix was held on 21 June 1936 over a 3.1-mile (5.0 km) track laid out in Népliget,[1] a park in Budapest. The Mercedes-Benz, Auto Union, and the Alfa Romeo-equipped Ferrari teams all sent three cars and the event drew a very large crowd. However, politics and the ensuing war meant the end of Grand Prix motor racing in the country for fifty years.


A major coup by Bernie Ecclestone, the 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One race to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Held at the twisty Hungaroring in Mogyoród near Budapest, the race has been a mainstay of the racing calendar. Run in the heat of a central European summer, it also held the distinction of being the only current Grand Prix venue that had never seen a wet race up until the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. The first Grand Prix saw 200,000 people[1] spectating, although tickets were expensive at the time. Today, the support is still very enthusiastic, particularly from Finns.[2]

Due to the nature of the track, narrow, twisty and often dusty because of under-use, the Hungarian Grand Prix is associated with processional races, with sometimes many cars following one another, unable to pass. Thierry Boutsen demonstrated this perfectly in 1990, keeping his slower Williams car in front of champion-elect Ayrton Senna, unable to find a way by. The secret to a winning performance at Hungaroring, as well as qualifying well, is pit strategy, best demonstrated in 1998, where Michael Schumacher's Ferrari team changed his strategy mid-race before Schumacher put in one of his finest drives to build up a winning margin after all the stops had been made. Passing is a rarity here, although the 1989 race saw a famously bullish performance from Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari, who started from 12th on the grid and passed car after car, finally taking the lead in splendid opportunist style when Ayrton Senna was baulked by a slower runner. The circuit was modified slightly in 2003 in an attempt to allow more passing.

Other notable occasions in Budapest include first Grand Prix wins for Damon Hill (in 1993), Fernando Alonso (in 2003, the first Grand Prix winner from Spain, who also became the youngest ever driver (at the time) to win a GP), Jenson Button (in an incident-packed race in 2006), and Heikki Kovalainen (in 2008, who also became the 100th winner of a World Championship race). Also noteworthy is Damon Hill's near-win in the technically inferior Arrows-Yamaha in 1997, when his car lost drive on the last lap causing him to coast in second place, and Lewis Hamilton coming within six seconds of winning in 2014, despite starting the race from the pit lane.

In 2001, Michael Schumacher equaled Alain Prost's then record 51 Grand Prix wins at the Hungaroring, in the drive which also secured his 4th Drivers' Championship which also matched Prost's career tally.[3]

The 2006 Grand Prix was the first to be held here in wet conditions. Button took his first victory from 14th place on the grid.[4]

At the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, it was confirmed that Hungary would continue to host a Formula 1 race until 2021.[5] The track was completely resurfaced for the first time in early 2016, and it was announced the Grand Prix's deal was extended for a further 5 years, until 2026.[6]


  • 1988–1990: Pop 84 Magyar Nagydíj
  • 1991–2005: Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2007: Agip Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2008–2009: ING Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2010–2012: Eni Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2013: LG Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2014–2015: Pirelli Magyar Nagydíj

Winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix[edit]

Repeat winners (drivers)[edit]

Only includes World Championship events

Number of wins Driver Years
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 1988, 1991, 1992
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 1986, 1987
United Kingdom Damon Hill 1993, 1995
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1996, 1997
Finland Mika Häkkinen 1999, 2000
United Kingdom Jenson Button 2006, 2011

Repeat winners (constructors)[edit]

Teams in bold are currently competing in Formula One.

# of wins Constructor Years won
11 United Kingdom McLaren 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
7 United Kingdom Williams 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
6 Italy Ferrari 1989, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2015
2 Austria Red Bull 2010, 2014
Germany Mercedes 2013, 2016

Year by year[edit]

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2016 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Hungaroring Report
2015 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Report
2014 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault Report
2013 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
2012 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Report
2011 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes Report
2010 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Report
2009 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Report
2008 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes Report
2007 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Report
2006 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda Report
2005 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Report
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2003 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Report
2002 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Report
2001 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2000 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
1998 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
1997 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1996 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1995 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Report
1993 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1992 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
1991 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
1990 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault Report
1989 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari Report
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
1987 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Report
1986 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Report

Not held
1936 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Népliget Report


  1. ^ a b Brad Spurgeon (26 September 2003). "Formula One: a way of fine-tuning an image". International Herald Tribune. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Formula one races draw in fewer fans in Europe". American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hungarian GP 2001 - Triple success for Ferrari.". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hungarian Grand Prix 2006 Review". F1 Fanatic. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hungarian Grand Prix deal extended until 2021". GP Today. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Aszfaltavató a Hungaroringen" (in Hungarian). Hungaroring. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016. A Magyar Nagydíj szerződését újabb öt évvel meghosszabbítottuk, ami azt jelenti, hogy a futamunknak 2026-ig helye van a Formula–1-es versenynaptárban." Translates as "We have extended the Hungarian Grand Prix's contract for a further 5 years, which means that our race has a place on the F1 calendar until 2026. 

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Coordinates: 47°34′59″N 19°15′04″E / 47.583°N 19.251°E / 47.583; 19.251