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Hungarian Grand Prix – F1 Budapest’s Racing Extravaganza

The first Hungarian race is a notable motor racing event that has been part of the Formula 1 World Championship since 1986, taking place at the Hungaroring near Budapest.

Hungarian Grand Prix

The inaugural edition of the Hungarian GP occurred in 1936 and was triumphantly won by the Italian ace Tazio Nuvolari, driving an Alfa Romeo. It took another 50 years for Hungary to host a new Grand Prix, and this event held special significance as it marked the first time Formula 1 raced beyond the Iron Curtain.

The competition unfolds on the challenging Hungaroring circuit, frequently criticized for its technical and twisty nature, which poses difficulties for drivers attempting overtaking maneuvers. Traditionally held in mid-August amid sweltering heat, the Hungarian Grand Prix is one of the most demanding races for both the machines and the drivers’ physical endurance. Despite its challenging reputation, the Hungarian Grand Prix has witnessed some memorable races.

Dynamic Moments and Milestones

In 2001, Michael Schumacher achieved his 51st Grand Prix win at the Hungaroring, securing his fourth Drivers’ Championship, matching Alain Prost’s record.

The 2006 Grand Prix, held in wet conditions, witnessed Jenson Button’s remarkable victory from 14th place on the grid.

In 2020, Lewis Hamilton clinched his eighth Hungarian Grand Prix win, equaling the record for the most wins in a single Grand Prix (shared with Michael Schumacher). The following year, a dramatic race unfolded with Valtteri Bottas causing a first-lap incident under wet conditions. Esteban Ocon seized the opportunity and secured Team Enstone’s first victory since 2014.

The 2022 edition saw Max Verstappen emerge victorious, adding another chapter to the race’s storied history.

Confirmation at the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix assured Hungary’s continued hosting of Formula One races until 2021. The track underwent complete resurfacing in 2016, with the Grand Prix deal extended until 2026. In 2023, the contract was further extended to 2032.

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Here are the recent winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix:

YearWinnerTeam
2022Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing
2021Esteban OconAlpin
2020Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2019Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2018Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2017Sebastian VettelFerrari

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