At the 125th F1 race to be held in August, Hamilton could reach a century of wins and set a new record for most wins at a single circuit. Here are the milestones and records which could be broken at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix!
This will be the 1,046th World Championship Formula 1 race. It will be the 37th Hungarian Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1936, and the 36th Hungarian Grand Prix to be held as a round of the World Championship.
This will be the seventh race to be held on 1st August. It’s the first race to be held on this date since the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix. It will be the 125th Formula 1 race to take place in the month of August.
Lap 36 of the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the 2,600th racing lap to take place at the Hungaroring in Formula 1.
This weekend marks Kimi Raikkonen’s nineteenth appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He will equal Rubens Barrichello as the driver to have made the most starts at the event.
This will be Kimi Raikkonen’s 200th appearance with a Ferrari-badged engine. Lewis Hamilton is the only other driver to have made 200 starts with the same engine manufacturer.
At the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso will equal Rubens Barrichello as the driver to have started the second most Formula 1 races. This will be Alonso’s 323rd Grand Prix start.
The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the first race in which Fernando Alonso will be 40 years old. If he were to win any race after this point, he would be the first driver to win a race over the age of 40 since Nigel Mansell at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix. With Kimi Raikkonen also on the grid, this will be the first race to feature two drivers on the grid over the age of 40 since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, in which Michael Schumacher and Pedro de la Rosa competed.
THE F1 RECORDS TO BREAK
A victory for Lewis Hamilton this weekend would be very significant. It would see him become the first driver to reach 100 wins in Formula 1. It would also be his ninth at the Hungarian Grand Prix, making him the first driver to win at a single circuit on nine occasions.
A Mercedes-powered car qualifying on the front row would make the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix the 300th in which a car using a Mercedes-badged engine has qualified on the front row in a World Championship F1 race. Only Ferrari engines have recorded more front row starts, with 404.
If Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas finish on the podium, Mercedes would become the fourth team to have recorded 250 podiums in Formula 1.
If Lewis Hamilton finishes the race, this will be the 250th time that he has reached the chequered flag. He would be only the third driver to reach that milestone, after Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
If he finishes as runner-up, Lewis Hamilton would surpass Michael Schumacher as the driver to have recorded the most second place finishes in F1 history. Schumacher finished second on 43 occasions in his career, while Hamilton finished as runner-up for the 43rd time at the Styrian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen recorded his fifteenth Grand Prix win at the Austrian Grand Prix. Another win this weekend would see him equal Stirling Moss as the driver with the most wins to not win the title. Moss won sixteen Grands Prix in his World Championship career. Read more: Most F1 Wins Without Winning the Title.
If a Mercedes-powered car takes pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix, it would be the 213th race at which a Mercedes-powered car has taken pole. That would see them equal Renault as the engine manufacturer with the second-most poles in Formula 1.
THE HUNGARIAN RECORDS TO BREAK
If Lewis Hamilton takes pole position this weekend, he would set a new record for most poles at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He currently shares the record of seven pole positions at the Hungaroring with Michael Schumacher.
McLaren and Ferrari are currently tied as the teams with the most pole positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Should either team take pole this weekend, they would extend the record for most team poles at the Hungaroring to nine.
A podium finish for Lewis Hamilton would see him become the first driver to record ten top three finishes at the Hungarian Grand Prix, breaking Kimi Raikkonen’s record of nine podiums at the Hungaroring.
Kimi Raikkonen shares the record for most Fastest Laps at the Hungarian Grand Prix with Michael Schumacher. If the Finn sets the fastest lap of Sunday’s race, it would be his fifth at the Hungaroring – a new record.
If Ferrari score three points this weekend, they will become the first team to have scored 400 points at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Meanwhile, thirteen points for Red Bull would make them the third team (after Ferrari and McLaren) to have scored 300 points at the event.
Lewis Hamilton has led more laps at the Hungaroring than any other driver. Should he lead twenty laps on Sunday, he’ll become the first driver to have led 500 laps at the Hungarian Grand Prix. If he completed 69 laps of the race, he’ll become the sixth driver to have raced 1,000 laps at the Hungaroring.
Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton are all currently tied for the most points-scoring appearances at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Should any driver finish in the top ten, they would extend the record of most points finishes at the track to fourteen.
A third place finish for Sebastian Vettel would be his fourth at the Hungarian Grand Prix, overtaking Gerhard Berger for most third place results at the event. Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen would equal the record if they finish in third place.
Kimi Raikkonen currently shares the record for most top ten qualifications at the circuit with Michael Schumacher. The Finn could extend the record this weekend, while Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso have the opportunity to qualify in the top ten for a record-equalling fourteenth time.
Max Verstsappen, Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris will be hoping to maintain their 100% Q3 appearance record at the Hungaroring. Brendon Hartley and Ralf Schumacher are the only other drivers to reach Q3 on every appearance at the track.
A Q1 exit for Daniel Ricciardo would see him equal Marcus Ericsson as the driver with the most Q1 eliminations at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ericsson was eliminated in Q1 on four occasions at the Hungaroring.
If Fernando Alonso finishes the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix and Kimi Raikkonen does not, Alonso would equal the Finn’s record of fifteen finishes 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. 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 Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.