Since hosting its first Grand Prix in 1986, the Hungaroring has changed very little and with the advent of DRS wings, now provides overtaking and exciting racing. The mixture of tricky slow corners are balanced out by two fast chicanes towards the end of the lap. The blind Turn Four, over the crest of a hill, is a distinctive corner. The circuit holds happy memories for two British World Champions, with Damon Hill taking his first victory here in 1993, and for Jenson Button who was able to break his duck in 2006 with an emotional win from 14th on the grid. Located in an amphitheatre setting, within half an hour of Budapest, Budapest is the last race before F1’s three week summer break. Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory for Mercedes here in 2013, his fourth win here. It is also the sole circuit that Sebastian Vettel has raced on but never won.
Circuit length 4.381 km
Race distance 306.630 km
2013 winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Race Strategy Briefing
Last year's race at the Hungaroring featured track temperatures of 50 degrees. Using the soft and medium Pirelli tyres it was a three stop race for some of the front runners, although Lotus managed it in two. This year is likely to be a two stop race. Overtaking has always been tough at this track, so strategy planning needs to take account of that and manage the gaps to the cars behind, so as not to emerge from a pit stop into traffic. This has always been one of Lewis Hamilton's strongest tracks; he is a four times winner of the event from seven attempts.
In collaboration with James Allen