Hamilton equals the record for most wins at a circuit, Stroll records his team’s best Budapest result since 1999 and Raikkonen sets a new record for most laps raced at the Hungaroring. Here are all the facts and statistics from the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix!
Lewis Hamilton won the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, taking his 86th career victory. It was his eighth win at the Hungaroring, which equals Michael Schumacher’s record for the most wins at a single circuit. Schumacher won at Magny Cours eight times during his career. Hamilton is now five wins away from equalling Schumacher’s all-time win record, and three podium finishes from equalling the all-time podium appearance record.
Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to take three consecutive wins at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Before this weekend Hamilton was one of only four drivers – the others being Ayrton Senna, Jacques Villeneuve and Mika Hakkinen – to have taken two wins in a row at the event.
Lewis Hamilton led all but one lap of the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix – the one lap led by Max Verstappen prevents Hamilton from surpassing Ayrton Senna’s record of most races led from start to finish. This was the 150th Grand Prix that Hamilton has led; no other driver has led that many races.
With Lewis Hamilton winning from pole position, this is only the seventh time in Formula 1 history that six consecutive races have been won from pole. The last time it happened was between the 2006 Spanish and French Grands Prix.
Hamilton equalled Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso as the driver to have scored on the most occasions at the Hungaroring. The trio have scored at the circuit thirteen times during their respective careers.
On fresh tyres, Lewis Hamilton broke the Lap Record at the Hungaroring by 0.476 seconds on the final lap of the race. The previous record was set by Max Verstappen in the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix. Despite having won here eight times, this was the first time that Hamilton has set the fastest lap of a race at the Hungaroring. He’s the twentieth driver to record a fastest lap here and this is the 21st different circuit at which he has recorded a fastest lap.
Mercedes became the first team to win three World Championship Formula 1 Grands Prix on three consecutive weekends. The 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix marked only the second time in F1 history that there have been races on three consecutive weekends. Hamilton’s win marked Mercedes’ fifth victory at the Hungaroring.
ON THE PODIUM
With his win, Lewis Hamilton recorded his ninth podium finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It ties with the record for most podium finishes at the event, set by Kimi Raikkonen.
Despite crashing on his way to the grid – the first driver to do so since Romain Grosjean at the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen finished as runner-up at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix. The driver of car number 33 recorded his 33rd podium finish, equalling the career totals of World Champions Denny Hulme and Jody Scheckter.
Max Verstappen’s second place marks the fifth time that the driver who started seventh at the Hungarian Grand Prix has finished on the podium. All five of those podium results have been second place finishes.
Valtteri Bottas finished third at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was his 48th podium finish – which is the same number of top three finishes as Gerhard Berger recorded in his career.
Both Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas recorded their second podium finishes at the Hungaroring, becoming the 23rd and 24th drivers to have recorded multiple podium results at the track.
This is the first time since the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix that Mercedes have finished first and third with a Red Bull driver between them in second place.
The 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix marked the third time in Formula 1 history that the polesitter has won, with the driver starting second finishing as runner-up and the driver who started second finishing third. It also happened at the 1978 Belgian Grand Prix and the 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix.
HAMILTON ON POLE
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix with a lap time which was 1.125 seconds faster than last year’s pole time at the Hungaroring. It marked the 90th pole position of his career and his seventh pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix. This is only the sixth time that a driver has taken pole seven times at a single Grand Prix. Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher for most pole positions at the circuit, and surpasses the German’s tally of front row starts. Read more: 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix Post Qualifying Statistics.
THE POINTS SCORERS
Lance Stroll finished fourth for Racing Point, which marked the Silverstone-based team’s best result at the Hungarian Grand Prix since Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished fourth for Jordan in the 1999 event. Stroll is the first driver to have started third at the Hungarian Grand Prix and failed to finish on the podium since Valtteri Bottas in 2014.
After finishing in seventh place, Sergio Perez became the first Formula 1 driver to have scored 600 career points without winning a Grand Prix.
Kevin Magnussen finished the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix in ninth place, but a post race penalty moved him down to tenth in the final result. Nevertheless, the result means that Williams are now the only team yet to score in 2020. This was the first time Haas have scored since the 2019 Russian Grand Prix. Magnussen is only the second driver to score having started from the pit-lane at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The other driver to do so is Lewis Hamilton, who started in the pits in 2014.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
Kimi Raikkonen finished fifteenth in the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix. He becomes the first driver to have reached the chequered flag at the Hungarian Grand Prix on fifteen occasions. In doing so, Raikkonen set a new record for most laps raced at the circuit. He has now raced 1,154 laps at the track, overtaking Michael Schumacher’s total of 1,125 laps raced.
This is the first time since the 2018 Japanese and United States Grands Prix that Charles Leclerc has failed to score at consecutive races.
A Renault driver has finished in eighth position in all of the first three races of the 2020 season. Daniel Ricciardo’s eighth place this weekend marked the best result for a Renault driver at the Hungarian Grand Prix since Vitaly Petrov finished fifth in the 2010 event.
Alex Albon, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi all recorded their best Hungarian Grand Prix results.
This was the first season in which Ferrari have failed to finish on the podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix since 2016. While Sebastian Vettel finished sixth, Charles Leclerc finished eleventh and became the first Ferrari driver to finish outside of the points – without retiring – at the Hungarian Grand Prix since Felipe Massa, who finished thirteenth in 2007.
GASLY – THE ONLY RETIREE
On his 50th Grand Prix appearance, Pierre Gasly was the only retirement from the Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s the first time that the Frenchman has failed to finish at the Hungaroring. He finished sixth on both of his previous visits to the circuit. Impressively, this was only the second time that the AlphaTauri (formerly Toro Rosso) team have recorded a retirement at the Hungarian Grand Prix in the last ten seasons. It was Gasly’s first retirement since the 2019 German Grand Prix.
Pierre Gasly was the first driver to retire from tenth on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix since Kimi Raikkonen in 2004.
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. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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