A chance for Raikkonen to become the driver with the second most classified finishes, an opportunity for Hamilton to take a rare seventh victory at one track and a chance for Ferrari to reach 400 points at the Hungaroring. Here are the records which are up for grabs over the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend!
THE NUMBERS AND MILESTONES:
This will be the 1009th Formula 1 Grand Prix. This will be the 35th Hungarian Grand Prix since the first event was held in 1936 as well as the 34th Hungarian Grand Prix to be held as a round of the F1 World Championship. It’ll also be the 34th F1 race to be held at the Hungaroring.
The 26th lap of the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the 2,450th racing lap at the Hungaroring since F1 first visited the track in 1986.
This will be the 120th F1 race to have been held in the month of August.
THE RECORDS TO BEAT:
If Lewis Hamilton wins this weekend, this will be the fifth time that a driver has won the same Grand Prix seven times. Michael Schumacher is the only other driver to have won the same race seven or more times, having won the French Grand Prix on eight occasions, and taking victory at the San Marino and Canadian Grands Prix on seven occasions. Earlier this year, Hamilton took his seventh victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.
A win for Lewis Hamilton would also see him become the first driver to have taken back-to-back wins at the track on two occasions, having previously done so in 2012 and 2013.
If Lewis Hamilton takes pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2019, he’ll equal Michael Schumacher’s record total of seven pole positions at the Hungaroring.
McLaren and Ferrari are currently tied for the most pole positions for a team at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with eight apiece. Should either take pole this weekend, they’ll set a new outright record.
If a Renault-powered car takes pole, Renault will equal Mercedes as the most successful engine manufacturer in qualifying at the Hungaroring. Meanwhile, if a Mercedes-powered car takes pole, their record will extend to twelve poles.
If Ferrari score 38 points or more, they’ll become the first team to have scored 400 points at the Hungaroring. To do that they’d need to take a 1-2 or 1-3 finish.
If Kimi Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of the race, it’ll be the fifth time he’s taken the fastest lap of the race at the Hungarian Grand Prix. That will be a new outright record for the track, seeing him move clear of Michael Schumacher in the list of most fastest laps at the track. Meanwhile, if Raikkonen finishes in the top ten, he’ll equal Fernando Alonso’s total of 13 points-scoring appearances at the Hungarian Grand Prix. If he finishes, the Finn will equal Alonso and Rubens Barrichello’s record of 14 finishes at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
If McLaren take a double podium finish and Ferrari don’t finish in the top three, they’ll equal the Scuderia’s record tally of podium finishes at the track. Ferrari have had 24 top three finishes at the Hungaroring so far compared to McLaren’s 22.
Kimi Raikkonen could move up the all-time list of most classified finishes this weekend. If he finishes the Hungarian Grand Prix, he will equal Jenson Button’s career total of 244 classified finishes, which would place him second in the all-time list.
At the British Grand Prix, Mercedes equalled Lotus as the team with the fourth-most podiums in Formula 1 history. If one of their drivers finishes on the podium this weekend, Mercedes will become the outright fourth-most successful Formula 1 team by way of podium finishes.
If Charles Leclerc leads 59 laps and fails to the win the race, he’ll become the driver to have led the most laps without a win, taking the 47 year old record from Chris Amon.
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.