Hungaroring plans track tweaks and new deal to 2021

2012 F1 season

Start, Hungaroring, 2010Bernie Ecclestone has met with representatives of the Hungaroring to discuss an extension of the race’s contract until the 2021 season.

A circuit representative told F1 Fanatic the race organisers hope to conclude a deal covering to 2017 to 2021 seasons next year.

Potential alterations to the Hungaroring’s layout to improve overtaking opportunities were discussed at the meeting, with the possibility of F1 drivers giving their input into any changes. The circuit was last altered in 2003.

Improvements to medical and spectator facilities at the track are also planned.

Hungary held its first Grand Prix in 1986. The new contract would see it remain on the calendar for a total of 36 seasons.

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50 comments on Hungaroring plans track tweaks and new deal to 2021

  1. Calum (@calum) said on 8th November 2012, 17:52

    It’s a nice drive in the videogames – and the driver’s like the challenge in real life – it has a picturesque setting, and it’s central location means it gets strong crowds, it will be interesting to see what changes they make to the layout, but it’s definitely deserving of a contract extension.

  2. gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 8th November 2012, 20:05

    Interesting !

    I have made a little mock-up of what I’d change in that layout and posted it in the forum some 11 months ago.
    ‘d be happy to have more feedback !

  3. GT_Racer said on 8th November 2012, 23:28

    Something i forgot to mention in my 1st post is that one problem with big alterations to the circuit is that many of the fields surrounding it are privately owned.

    Big part of the infield also used to be privately owned but that was brought by circuit owners some years ago.

  4. Browny (@browny) said on 9th November 2012, 1:00

    I slightly increased the length of the pit straight to allow for more overtaking into Turn 1. I’ve then tried to continue the flow of the back part of the circuit by adding a fast left hander past the grand stand after Turn 12 and added a short straight to a corner not to disimiliar to Turn 8 at Turkey. There is then another long straight (a second DRS zone) into the hairpin at Turn 13 where there is enough run-off for safety. What does everyone think?

  5. HeX (@) said on 9th November 2012, 13:28

    I think that this track really needs a second DRS zone between turns 3 and 4 or maybe even turns 1 and 2 IMO.

    It’d really help with the overtaking in this rather tight track.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th November 2012, 20:06

    So F1 is willing to have THIS circuit on the calendar…but they want to change it? Stupid. What’s the damn obsession with overtaking. Leave it as it is, it’s fine. Valencia and Abu Dhabi went very much against the grain this year.

  7. I am surprised that they are going to keep the Hungarian track for so long, considering that they will be opening two more tracks in the United States. Plus, the Hungarian race never seems to be a very popular race. But, if they plan on changing the track up some that should be interesting. I’m anxious to see it spruced up.

  8. Fábio said on 29th January 2015, 18:40

    The only change that should be done to this circuit is to remove that slow chicane in the 2nd sector.
    Why’s that? Well, let’s see:
    1. It would help improving overtaking, because that chicane “ruins” many fights that come from the 1st sector. Without it, drivers could try to attack until the next turn. It would be still difficult, but the chances would be bigger.
    2. It’s not an exciting turn. It’s slow, narrow, just a boring chicane. In a circuit that is already slow, such slow turn is not really needed. The circuit would become more flowing for drivers and the next left would be more challenging.
    3. If a driver is very close to the front guy’s rear wing when getting into that chicane and does not overtake him there, the defending driver will get away because that turn is too slow and narrow, and a gap of 0,2s sundenly turns into a 0,6s gap, which makes drivers arrive to the main straight already with a gap of almost 1s. Without that chicane, that gap would still be 0,2s on the next left (if not converted into an overtaking move) and they could easily be closer when arriving the main straight.

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