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
Race Strategy Report
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2014. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. Red Bull (21.608s)
02. Ferrari (21.634s)
03. McLaren (21.812s)
04. Lotus (21.818s)
05. Mercedes (22.001s)
06. Williams (22.111s)
07. Toro Rosso (22.202s)
08. Sauber (22.500s)
09. Marussia (22.892s)
10. Force India (24.040s)
11. Caterham (34.086s)
Start league table – after Round 11, Hungary
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list
As far as 2014 start performance is concerned drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season, on aggregate as follows; ie taking places lots away from places gained.
+11 Sutil, Räikkönen Raikkonen
+10 Massa, Hulkenberg
-1 Vettel, Magnussen
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane, Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane, Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1
Austria notes: Grosjean started from pit lane
Silverstone notes: Räikkönen and Massa eliminated after accident on lap 1.
Germany notes: Massa eliminated in lap 1 after accident, Magnussen and Ricciardo also dropped back as a result
Hungary notes: Hamilton, Magnussen, Kvyat started from pit lane