Hungarian Grand Prix

The Hungarian Grand Prix is part of the Formula One World Championship, and is raced annually at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest. The Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One race ever held behind the Iron Curtain. Nowadays it draws many of its spectators from Scandinavian countries.

Laps: 58
Lap Distance: 5.303km
Race Distance: 307.574km


The Hungaroring circuit was custom built for Formula One racing by the Hungarian government. The track design was intended to resemble a street circuit, with 16 corners, many of which resemble the tight bends on the Monaco street circuit.

The Hungaroring is renowned for providing teams and drivers with ideal racing conditions as it is held in the middle of the Eastern European summer. In fact, rain was not recorded at the race until the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hungarian Grand Prix History

The Hungarian Grand Prix was created as a result of Bernie Ecclestone’s attempts to expand Formula One racing into Eastern European markets. Ecclestone originally planned to hold a grand prix in the USSR before a friend recommended Hungary as the ideal location for an Eastern European Grand Prix.

Construction of the Hungaroring Circuit started in 1985, and was completed in 1986, with the first Hungarian Grand Prix held that same year. The Hungarian Grand Prix has been held continuously since 1986 and has evolved into one of the most popular grand prix in the world.

The Hungarian Grand Prix offers the closest proximity to the Finnish market, and has therefore turned into an annual pilgrimage of tens of thousands of Finnish racing fans. The excellent weather combined with the unusual challenges offered by the unconventional Hungaroring track layout, ensures that this grand prix is one of the highlights on the European racing calendar.

Historically, the layout of the Hungaroring lends itself more to skilled driving than to car power and speed.

The Future of the Hungarian Grand Prix

The Hungarian Grand Prix is one of the few races in the Formula One World Championship that has had its future guaranteed by the sport’s organisers. In 2008 it was announced that the popularity of the grand prix has secured it a place in the Formula One World Championship until at least 2015.

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