I went to the Hungaroring in 2012, but I’m not planning to go there this year. Just some tips if you are going:
- When you have bought a ticket for a grand stand: do not sit there the entire weekend! You can walk around half of the track (turns 6-13), most of which are high-speed corners. It’s just indescribable to see modern F1-cars going through those corners! The only time it’s a bit busy in the general admission area is when there is an F1 practice, but not extremely busy.
- The pit-walk on Thursday is a must-see. Try to come earlier (about half an hour before the pit-walk starts), as most of the crowd comes a bit later, and there will be traffic jams in the pitlane then. In 2012, there was an opportunity to collect autographs at the main straight. After the pit-walk, you are obliged to walk from the pitlane to the first corner, which is also fantastic!
- For photographers: until 12 o’clock the best place for pictures is on the hill between turns 9 and 10. After midday, I would suggest photographing at the begin of the main straight. Most of the straight is surrounded by grand stands, but there are to patches where you can stand with any ticket. If you have a large camera lens (more than 300mm), you can also take great photos at turn 10. For this, you might need small steps. I added some pictures below just to give you an idea.
- If you have bought a general admission ticket: it’s not that expensive, but very good value for your money. On race day, the best place to sit by far is between the stands at the main straight. Lots of people know this, so it is very very crowded there. On race day, if you want a place to sit, come early (with that I mean between 8 and 9 o’clock. It’s a long wait, but it’s well worth it as you can see the F1 grid, a tv screen (maybe partly obscured, so watch out!) and a large part of the track (a bit of turns 4-5, turns 9-10 and the following straight, turns 12-13, the main straight and a part of the pit-lane).
- Last year we travelled by car on all four days and that was a success. If you want to park, do not park at a place where you have to pay (they’re a fraud: parking near the circuit is free). If you do not have tickets for a place at the main straight, DO NOT park your car at the first parking lots, but be patient and drive through to the next few parking lots: it’s a lot closer to the circuit, it’s not as busy and the traffic jams following the race are far better. We even left the main road and went off-road and drove to the next town. As a result, we were back in Budapest just 90 minutes after the race!
But most importantly: keep an eye on the weather and have fun!