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.
|Lap length||4.381km (2.722 miles)|
|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||315kph (195.732 mph)|
|DRS zone/s (race)||Pit straight and second straight|
|Distance from grid to turn one||618m|
|Longest flat-out section||908m|
|Fuel use per lap||1.5kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.059s|
|Pit lane time loss||20s|
|Tyres:||Drivers’ tyre selections|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes