The Hungaroring is a racing venue that hosts one of the Formula One World Championship races - the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Location:Mogyoród, Pest County, Hungary
Circuit Length:4.381 km (2.722 miles)
Number of Turns:14
Record Lap:1:16.627 - Lewis Hamilton (2020)
Opened:24 March 1986
Architect:István Papp & Ferenc Gulácsi
The circuit is situated in the Mogyoród, Pest County, Hungary. It has an FIA Grade 1 license which means that the circuit meets the highest standard of safety, infrastructure, layout, and other facilities.
The construction of the Hungaroring started on October 1, 1985, after Bernie Ecclestone decided he wanted a race in Hungary. The circuit was built in eight months, which is less than any other Formula One circuit, and the first race was held on March 24, 1986.
Hungaroring is the first circuit to hold a Grand Prix outside of the Iron Curtain. The first Grand Prix in 1986 represented an opening of Eastern Europe to Formula One. It was especially significant as it happened during a time when the Cold War was still ongoing.
Hungaroring has been constantly present in Formula One since its first Grand Prix in 1986, and the track has seen multiple famous battles. Some of the most memorable ones include Nelson Piquet vs. Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell's win from 12th on the grid in 1989, and Jenson Button vs. Fernando Alonso in the wet in 2006.
The Hungarian Grand Prix usually happens in the middle of the summer. The region in which Hungaroring is located is very often too hot and dry during this time of year. The first-ever wet Grand Prix on Hungaroring was in 2006. This means that the Grand Prix was in dry conditions for 20 consecutive years prior to 2006.
The two-time world champion Fernando Alonso got his first Grand Prix victory at Hungaroring in 2003 and later declared Hungaroring as his favorite circuit. However, Fernando Alonso is not the only driver on the grid that likes the circuit.
In various statements and interviews, multiple drivers like Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansel, as well as Max Verstappen have come out to say they love the circuit.