Both Ferraris have finished on the podium in Hungary in each of the last two seasons, McLaren have scored in all of the last fourteen years and the former Sauber team have scored only one point in the last eight years. Here’s how the teams’ histories compare at the Hungaroring!
In all of their first four visits to Hungary from 2010 to 2013, Mercedes recorded one DNF in every race. They scored only three points here between 2010 and 2012, but their fortune at the track began to change in 2013, when Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory with the team at the Hungaroring. Nico Rosberg’s 2013 retirement is their most recent DNF at the track, with 2015 being the only season since where neither Mercedes driver has finished on the podium. While both cars have scored in all of the last five seasons, Mercedes’ only double podium finish at the Hungaroring came in 2016, when Hamilton and Rosberg took a 1-2 finish.
Mercedes have taken pole in all but one of the last six seasons at the Hungarian Grand Prix, locking out the front row three times in the past four years. The team have reached Q3 with both cars in all of the last four seasons, with Hamilton’s fiery exit in 2014 being their only Q1 elimination so far at the Hungaroring. 2012 is the only season where neither Mercedes driver appeared in the top ten shootout, with both Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher eliminated in Q2. Schumacher’s Q2 exit in 2010 is the only other non-Q3 appearance for a Mercedes driver at the track.
Since 1999, Ferrari have had only three non-finishes at the Hungarian Grand Prix. That’s quite a turnaround from the earlier years at the circuit, as the team recorded at least one DNF in every year at the event between 1986 and 1998, recording double non-finishes in 1987, 1990, 1994 and 1996. Ferrari have taken seven wins at this track, and have recorded three 1-2 finishes. 2016 is the only occasion in the past four years where neither Ferrari driver has finished on the podium, while both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished in the top three in each of the last two seasons.
In the last twelve seasons, Ferrari’s front row lock-out in 2017 is the only time any of their drivers have qualified on the front row. The team have had two further front row lock-outs in 2002 and 2004, and have taken pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix eight times in total. There have been just four occasions where a Ferrari driver has failed to progress to the final part of qualifying at the Hungaroring, while Kimi Raikkonen’s 2014 Q1 exit is the only Q1 elimination for a Ferrari driver here.
Red Bull have won the Hungarian Grand Prix twice. Between 2009 and 2016, 2012 is the only year where neither of their drivers finished on the podium at the track. Red Bull have suffered a DNF in each of the last two seasons at the Hungaroring, though their maiden season in 2005 marks their only double DNF so far at the track.
Red Bull have had two pole positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and locked out the front-row at the track in 2010. Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo’s Q2 exits in 2012 and 2018 respectively are the only occasions in the past ten seasons where a Red Bull driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at the circuit. The team have never had a Q1 exit at the track, with 2005 and 2006 being the only years where neither driver qualified in the top ten.
Last season, Carlos Sainz scored Renault’s first points in Hungary since their comeback to the sport. The team’s only win at the track came in 2003, when Fernando Alonso took his very first F1 victory. The Spaniard is the only driver to have finished on the podium here, having also finished third in the 2004 event. While the team haven’t recorded a DNF since their 2016 comeback here, the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix was a race to forget, with both Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella failing to finish.
Renault have taken pole position twice so far at the Hungarian Grand Prix, in 2003 and 2009, both times with Fernando Alonso. Their unexpected 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix pole remains their latest pole position in Formula 1 to date. 2008 and 2010 are the only two seasons where both Renault drivers have reached Q3 here. Meanwhile, 2011 and 2016 are the only seasons where neither Renault driver has reached Q3 at the Hungaroring, with both cars exiting in Q2 in 2011, and both eliminated in Q1 in 2016.
Haas scored their first points from their three visits to Hungary last season, with Kevin Magnussen finishing seventh and Romain Grosjean tenth. Grosjean’s retirement here in 2017 is the team’s only non-finish so far at the track. Last season was also the first time the Haas drivers reached the final part of qualifying at the circuit, having previously recorded three Q2 exits and one Q1 elimination. It was Magnussen who recorded their best qualifying position here so far, with ninth on the grid.
McLaren have taken more wins at the Hungaroring than any other team, with eleven wins and two 1-2 finishes in 1988 and 1999. 2004 is their only visit to the track in the past 21 seasons where the team have failed to pick up any points. The team won five out of the six races in Hungary between 2007 and 2012, but haven’t finished on the podium since then.
McLaren have taken pole here on eight occasions, and have locked-out the front row three times. Last season marked one of only two occasions, the other being 2015, where neither McLaren driver reached the final part of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Jenson Button’s Q2 exits in 2010 and 2013 are the only other occasions where a McLaren driver has failed to reach the top ten shootout. No McLaren driver has qualified in the top six here since Lewis Hamilton took pole with the team in 2012.
Racing Point (Force India)
Force India scored only thirteen points at the Hungarian Grand Prix from their eleven seasons in the sport. They recorded nine DNFs in total here, including double non-finishes in three consecutive years between 2013 and 2015. 2017 was the only season where both cars finished in the points, with Sergio Perez finishing eighth and Esteban Ocon finishing ninth, while Paul di Resta’s seventh place in 2011 and Nico Hulkenberg’s tenth place in 2016 were the team’s only other points-scoring appearances here.
Force India only reached the final part of qualifying here on four occasions, and recorded their first double Q1 elimination at the track since 2009 last year. Adrian Sutil’s ninth place on Saturday here in 2011 was the team’s best qualifying performance at the track.
Alfa Romeo (Sauber)
In the last eight years, Sauber scored only one point at the Hungarian Grand Prix, courtesy of Marcus Ericsson finishing tenth in 2015. The Hungaroring is a track at which Sauber scored three podium finishes – all third places – in 1997, 2006 and 2007. Sauber also incurred the only disqualification in Hungary’s history, with Robert Kubica being disqualified from his F1 debut as a result of his car being underweight.
Sauber last reached the final part of qualifying in Hungary back in 2011, while 2007 is the only occasion where both of the team’s cars reached Q3. Robert Kubica’s fourth place in qualifying in 2008 is the only time a Sauber driver qualified in the top six in Hungary.
Toro Rosso have scored points in all of the last five Hungarian Grands Prix, including equalling their second-best ever F1 finish with a fourth place finish for Max Verstappen in 2015. 2011 is the only year where both Toro Rosso drivers have finished in the top ten at the track. The team have had only one DNF at the track in the last eight seasons.
Last season marked the first time both Toro Rosso drivers reached the final part of qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix. At least one of their cars has appeared in Q3 here in all of the past six seasons. In 2018, Pierre Gasly equalled the team’s best qualifying result at the track with sixth on the grid – a grid slot also achieved by Carlos Sainz in 2016.
From their first 26 entries at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Williams finished on the podium sixteen times. Since then, third place finishes in 2002 and 2003 have been their only top three appearances. Valtteri Bottas’ ninth place in 2016 is the only time in the past four seasons that a Williams driver has finished in the points at this track.
Williams have taken six pole positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix, including four front row lock-outs. The team have failed to qualify in the top ten with either car in each of the last two seasons in Hungary, recording their only double Q1 elimination at the circuit in 2017 – a race weekend in which Paul di Resta deputised for the ill Felipe Massa.
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Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.