In August 1986, Budapest’s Hungarian Grand Prix became the first Formula 1 event to ever have been held in the Eastern bloc, as a result of the Formula 1 organizers’ desire to hold a Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain. Initially intended to be a street circuit similar to Monaco, authorities decided otherwise and the track was built in a valley located 20km outside the capital. Nevertheless, the circuit has been described as « a street circuit without the houses » due to its tight and complicated turns demanding thorough driving skills. Sitting in a natural amphitheater, Hungaroring not only boasts the highest technical requirement but is also the safest circuit on the F1.
- Track length 4.381 km
- Amount of laps 70
- Race distance 306,630 km
- Corners 14
- Top Speed 291 km/h (190 mph)
- Average Speed 194 km/h (120 mph)
2009 Lewis Hamilton 1:38:23.876
2010 Mark Webber 1:41:05.571
2011Jenson Button 1:46:42.337
- Lap record time 1:19.071 - M Schumacher (2004)
Why the Hungarian Grand Prix?
Race-goers are genuinely spoiled by the unrivaled almost panoramic view of the circuit with 70 percent of the racetrack visible from any point in the stands, giving the track its famous appellation "The Shallow Plate". The spectator sensation is one of a kind just like the challenges posed by the twisty and bumpy nature of the circuit which makes overtaking highly daunting especially in the dry summer months. Despite being tight and windy, the circuit has been front stage for several unforgettable races such as the duels of Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna back in 1988, and Thierry Boutsen's win in 1990, beating Ayrton Senna by less than a second. Furthermore, the Hungarian Grand Prix became the venue where Fernando Alonso won his first race in 2003, hence making Hungaroring his favorite track. In addition, the race is located near Budapest, a city where race-goers are unlikely to get bored as they are encircled by one of Europe’s most magnificent and culturally replete cities, with numerous activities to offer linked and unlinked to the Grand Prix, making the trip worth their while!
- Population: 1,9 million
- Language: Hungarian
- Currency: Forint
Fly into Ferihegy International Airport, 24 kilometers south east of Budapest.
Catch a cab, the airport minibus service or hire a car to the city.
Within Budapest there are many transportation methods including 3 subway lines and a large tram network.
There is a wide range of hotels to stay in Budapest, 20 kilometers away from Hungaroring, ranging from budget accommodation to the most luxurious upscale chains such as the Four Seasons or the Kempinski.
- Sightseeing and Activities
Take an Absolute Walking Tour where you’ll get a real feel of the Hungarian capital by foot! Visit the Aquincum Park, one of the largest archaeological parks in the country, which beholds relics of the Roman Empire’s presence in Hungary, where you’ll also get a glimpse of the ancient Roman baths! Admire the neo-gothic architecture of the Parliament building, the second largest parliament building after London and don’t shy away from the National Museum’s collection which will keep you in awe!
Check out the website www.ourstyle.hu, a Hungarian fashion pop-up shop in case it is operating somewhere in the city. If not head to the area between the Dohany Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum and the Danube for Hungarian designer wear at very affordable prices.
Try the new Borkonya restaurant, which translates as « wine kitchen ». Try Bobek for the capital’s most mouth-watering desserts and Bock Bistro for typical Eastern European Cuisine! You’ll be in for a feast!
Budapest dazzles from its many bars, pubs and clubs and is large enough to accommodate for all nightlife tastes. Take advantage of Budapest’s warm weather during the Grand Prix and head to one of the many « garden bars » that dot the city, where you can indulge in on the local take of schnaps known as Palinka while for creatively engineered cocktails try Boutiq’Bar. Experience Hungary’s contemporary music scene at Anker Klub or attend a classical concert at the Palace of Art. For hardcore clubbing, try Corvinteto also known as the best spot to watch a sunrise over the city skyline after a long night of dancing.