Hungaroring – circuit information

Start, Hungaroring, 2003Formula One has been racing in Hungary since 1986, when the then-Soviet satellite state became a surprising addition to the calendar.

A purpose-built circuit was constructed outside the capital Budapest. Tight, slow and narrow, overtaking has always proved a challenge at the track, despite revisions to the layout in 1989 and, most drastically, 2003.

Therefore the contest for pole position carries special importance at this circuit, as it has a strong bearing on the outcome of the race. A notable exception was in 1989, when Nigel Mansell made an improbable charge to win from 12th on the grid in a dry race.

Circuit information

Lap data
Lap length 4.381km (2.722 miles)
Race laps 67
Race distance 293.527km (182.389 miles)
Pole position Left-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’19.071 (199.461 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2004
Fastest lap 1’18.436 (201.076 kph) by Rubens Barrichello, 2004
Maximum speed 295kph (183.304 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight and second straight
Distance from grid to turn one 610m
Car performance
Full throttle 54%
Longest flat-out section 908m
Downforce level High
Fuel use per lap 1.4kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.042s
Strategy
Quickest complete pit stop in 2013 21.343s by Red Bull (see full list)
2014 prime tyre: Medium (2013: Medium)
2014 option tyre: Soft (2013: Soft)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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