Start, Hungaroring, 2003

Hungaroring – circuit information

Turn two, Hungaroring, 2014Formula 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 two major revisions. The first, in 1989, restored the track after turn three to its intended configuration, as the discovery of a water spring during its construction forced the addition of two extra corners.

Then in 2003 the run to turn one was extended and the opening corner tightened with a view to aiding overtaking. Further around the lap, turn 12 was remodelled into a 90-degree right-hander, again to give drivers a longer run to the corner in the hope it might help them overtake. But the overall effect was minimal at best.

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 70
Race distance 306.67km (190.556 miles)
Pole position Left-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’19.071 (Michael Schumacher, 2004)
Fastest lap 1’18.436 (Rubens Barrichello, 2004, qualifying one)
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 1.38kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.042s
2015 prime tyre: Medium (2014: Medium)
2015 option tyre: Soft (2014: Soft)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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