The second time F1 has hosted a triple header, Hamilton could equal the record for most wins at a single event and Raikkonen could become the most experienced driver at the Hungaroring. Here are the milestones and the records which could be broken at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix!
This will be the 1,021st Formula 1 Grand Prix. It will be the 36th Hungarian Grand Prix since the first event was held in 1936 as well as the 35th Hungarian Grand Prix to be held as a round of the F1 World Championship. It’ll also be the 35th F1 race to be held at the Hungaroring.
The sixth lap of the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the 2,500th racing lap at the Hungaroring since F1 first visited the track in 1986.
The 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix will mark only the second time in Formula 1 history that Grands Prix have been held on three consecutive weekends. The only other time it has happened was in 2018, when the French, Austrian and British Grands Prix were held on successive weekends.
This weekend, Lewis Hamilton will overtake Jarno Trulli as the driver to have started the eighth most F1 races in F1 history. This will be Hamilton’s 253rd appearance. Trulli made 252 starts in his career, with his last appearance being at the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Pierre Gasly will make his 50th F1 start at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix.
THE RECORDS TO BREAK
If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, he would equal Michael Schumacher’s record of most wins at a single event. Schumacher won the French Grand Prix eight times in his career, while Hamilton has won seven times so far in Hungary.
A win for Lewis Hamilton this weekend would see him become the first driver to have taken three consecutive wins at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna, Jacques Villeneuve, Mika Hakkinen and Hamilton himself have all taken back-to-back wins at the Hungaroring, but no one has ever won three in a row before.
If Lewis Hamilton leads a lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix, he will become the first driver to have led laps at 150 races in his career.
A pole position for Lewis Hamilton would see him equal Michael Schumacher’s tally of poles at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Schumacher started from pole seven times at the Hungaroring.
McLaren and Ferrari are currently tied for most team poles at the Hungarian Grand Prix. A pole for either would extend the record to nine.
Should the polesitter win at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, this would be the first time since 2006 that six consecutive races have been won from pole position. Such streaks are rare in Formula 1: the six races between the 2006 Spanish and French Grands Prix marked only the sixth time in history that six or more consecutive races have been won from pole position. Read more: Obscure Facts From The 2020 Styrian Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton starts on the front row, he will usurp Michael Schumacher as the driver to have started from the front row most frequently at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Both are currently tied on eight front row starts at the track.
A Q3 appearance for Kimi Raikkonen would see him overtake Michael Schumacher as the driver to have had the most top ten qualifications at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Both are currently tied on fourteen top ten qualifications at the Hungaroring.
Sebastian Vettel could become the outright record holder for most third place finishes at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend. He’s currently tied with Gerhard Berger on three third place results at the track. A third place for Kimi Raikkonen or Daniel Ricciardo would see them join the duo at the top of the list.
If Sergio Perez scores three points without winning the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, he would become the first driver to have scored 600 career points without winning a Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen could set a new record for most points-scoring appearances at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend. He’s currently tied with Fernando Alonso on thirteen points-scoring outings. If he fails to finish in the top ten, Lewis Hamilton could equal the record. Meanwhile, if Raikkonen finishes the race, he will become the first driver to have crossed the finish line fifteen times at the event.
Kimi Raikkonen is currently tied for most fastest laps at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He shares the record of four with Michael Schumacher. A fifth fastest lap for Raikkonen this weekend would be a new record at the track.
If Kimi Raikkonen reaches Lap 42 of the race, he will overtake Michael Schumacher as the driver to have completed the most laps of the Hungaroring during their career. Schumacher toured the track 1,125 times during his career. Raikkonen has completed 1,084 laps so far.
Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly will all be looking to maintain their 100% Q3 appearance record at the circuit. There are only five drivers in this group, with Brendon Hartley and Ralf Schumacher having also reached Q3 on every appearance.
A Q1 exit for Daniel Ricciardo would see him equal Marcus Ericsson’s record tally of four Q1 eliminations at the Hungaroring.
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.