McLaren have the most wins in Hungary, Mercedes have been victorious in the last two years and Racing Point have not scored at the circuit since 2017. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Hungaroring!
WINS: 4, POLES: 5, PODIUMS: 7, FINISH RATE: 80% | 2019 RESULT: HAMILTON 1st, BOTTAS 8th
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. Mercedes have since won here three times, including in each of the last two years. 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 six seasons, Mercedes’ only double podium finish at the Hungaroring came in 2016, when Hamilton and Rosberg took a 1-2 finish.
Mercedes have failed to take pole only twice in the last seven seasons at the Hungarian Grand Prix. They locked out the front row in 2015, 2016 and 2018, while 2017 is the only time in the last seven seasons that neither Mercedes driver has qualified on the front row. The team have reached Q3 with both cars in all of the last five 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.
WINS: 7, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 25, FINISH RATE: 69% | 2019 RESULT: VETTEL 3rd, LECLERC 4th
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 six years where neither Ferrari driver has finished on the podium, while both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished in the top three in 2017 and 2018. Vettel finished third again last year, while Charles Leclerc became the first Ferrari driver to miss out on the podium at the track since 2016 by finishing fourth.
In the last thirteen 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 when 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. At least one Ferrari driver has qualified in the top ten on every single Hungarian Grand Prix.
WINS: 2, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 10, FINISH RATE: 80% | 2019 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 2nd, GASLY 6th
Red Bull have won the Hungarian Grand Prix twice and came close to taking a third victory with Max Verstappen last season. 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 two DNFs in the last three seasons at the Hungaroring, though their maiden season in 2005 marks their only double DNF so far at the track. With the runner-up spot last year, Verstappen gave Red Bull their first podium finish at the track since 2016.
Red Bull have had three pole positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and locked out the front-row at the track in 2010. Max Verstappen took his first pole position with the team here last year. 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.
WINS: 11, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 22, FINISH RATE: 74% | 2019 RESULT: SAINZ 5th, NORRIS 9th
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 22 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. 2015 and 2018 are the only seasons where neither McLaren driver has qualified in the top ten in the history of the Hungarian Grand Prix. In addition, Jenson Button’s Q2 exits in 2010 and 2013 are the only other occasions when 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.
WINS: 1, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 2, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: HULKENBERG 12th, RICCIARDO 14th
In 2018, Carlos Sainz scored Renault’s first points in Hungary since their comeback to the sport. While the team haven’t recorded a DNF here since their return, Sainz’s ninth place in 2018 is the only time that they have scored. 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 Renault 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. Since their return, Carlos Sainz’s fifth place in 2018 is their best qualifying result at the track.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 82% | 2019 RESULT: ALBON 10th, KVYAT 15th
The former Toro Rosso team have scored points in all of the last six Hungarian Grands Prix, including an impressive 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 Hungaroring in the last nine seasons.
2018 marked the first time both Toro Rosso drivers reached the final part of qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix, while 2019 was the first time since 2012 that neither driver appeared in Q3. 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.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 63% | 2019 RESULT: PEREZ 11th, STROLL 17th
Force India scored only thirteen points at the Hungarian Grand Prix from their eleven seasons in the sport and in their first season as Racing Point in 2019, they failed to score. Force India 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, with Nico Hulkenberg’s ninth place in 2016 being the only time the team have qualified in the top ten in the last five seasons. The team have been eliminated in Q1 in both of the last two seasons. Both Force India cars were also eliminated in Q1 in both 2008 and 2009. Adrian Sutil’s eighth place on Saturday here in 2011 was Force India’s best qualifying performance at the track.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 3, FINISH RATE: 69% | 2019 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 7th, GIOVINAZZI 18th
Between 2011 and 2018, Marcus Ericsson’s tenth place in 2015 was the only time that the Sauber team scored points at the Hungarian Grand Prix. In their new Alfa Romeo guise last year, Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh – the team’s best result at the circuit since 2010. 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.
In qualifying for the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen secured the team’s first Q3 appearance at the circuit since 2011. Antonio Giovinazzi’s Q2 exit made it the first season since 2014 that neither of the team’s cars were out in Q1. 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.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: MAGNUSSEN 13th, GROSJEAN DNF
In 2018, Haas scored their only points from four visits so far to Hungary, with Kevin Magnussen finishing seventh and Romain Grosjean tenth. While Magnussen finished thirteenth last year, Grosjean recorded the team’s second retirement at the track – the Frenchman having also retired in 2017.
2018 was 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 – a result which Grosjean equalled last year.
WINS: 7, POLES: 6, PODIUMS: 18, FINISH RATE: 84% | 2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 16th, KUBICA 19th
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 five seasons that a Williams driver has finished in the points at this track, while Paul di Resta’s retirement in 2017 was their only DNF in that time.
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 three seasons in Hungary, recording their second double Q1 elimination at the circuit last year. George Russell came close to having an unlikely Q2 appearance at the circuit last year.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth 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 GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.