Hamilton is close to an all-time record of most wins at a single circuit, Verstappen recorded his first pole at this venue and six drivers have a 100% finish record at the circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Hungarian Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 LEWIS HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix on no less than eight occasions, and has been victorious in each of the last three years. In addition to his eight wins, Hamilton also finished on the podium at the Hungaroring with a third place finish in 2013. Aside from his only DNF at the track in 2010, he has never finished outside of the top six at the track. Hamilton has taken six pole positions at the circuit, and has started from the front row on ten occasions. He has actually started from pole six times here, as Fernando Alonso was penalised after holding up then team-mate Hamilton in the pit-lane in 2007. 2014, when his car set alight during qualifying, is the only occasion that he has failed to reach Q3, but he made up for that by gaining nineteen places from his pit-lane start. 2010, 2015 and 2017 are the only seasons that Hamilton has not led a lap at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
🇫🇮 VALTTERI BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas is yet to finish above third place at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has finished on the podium here twice, in 2017 and 2020. His 2018 and 2019 races at the track have gone off course due to errors. In 2018, he made contact with both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo in the closing stages and ultimately finished fifth, while 2019 saw him finish eighth after picking up front wing damage on the first lap. His first appearance in 2013 is the only time that Bottas has failed to reach the end of the race here, while 2015 is the only other time that he has failed to score. Bottas is yet to take pole position at the Hungaroring, but has lined up on the front row of the grid in all of the last three seasons. 2013 is the only time he has failed to reach Q3 at the circuit, while that season, 2018 and 2020 are the only years that he has been out-qualified by a team-mate.
🇳🇱 MAX VERSTAPPEN
Max Verstappen secured the first pole position of his career at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix. While he was unable to win, he recorded his first podium finish in Hungary with second place. Despite crashing on his way to the grid in 2020, Verstappen finished as runner-up for a second consecutive year. 2018 is the only time that Verstappen has failed to reach the top five at the event, retiring with power issues after just five laps. Verstappen has never failed to reach Q3 at the Hungaroring, and 2016 is the only season that the Dutchman has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the track. 2015 and 2020 are the only years that Verstappen has finished the event in a better position than where he started.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
Sergio Perez has scored only three times in ten appearances at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He recorded his best result at the circuit so far last year, finishing in seventh place. In addition, Perez finished ninth with McLaren in 2013 and eighth with Force India in 2017. He retired from the event in 2014 and 2015, but has finished outside of the points on his other five appearances. His 2015 weekend at the circuit got off to a bad start, as he crashed in Friday Practice, flipping his car. 2020 marked the first time Perez reached Q3 at the Hungaroring since 2013. He lined up fourth on the grid last year – the first time he has started inside the top eight at this track. 2019 is the only season in the last seven years in which Perez has out-qualified his team-mate at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
🇦🇺 DANIEL RICCIARDO
Daniel Ricciardo won the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix in damp conditions. It was the first time that he scored at the track, having finished outside the top ten on all three previous occasions. Ricciardo went on to finish on the podium in both 2015 and 2016, and scored with fourth place in 2018 and eighth in 2020. He recorded his only retirement so far at the circuit in 2017 after making contact with then team-mate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo has not reached Q3 at the Hungaroring since 2017. 2020 was the first time that Ricciardo out-qualified a team-mate here since 2016. His best qualifying result at the circuit is third place, recorded in 2016. Of the nine races that he has finished at the circuit, the 2013 one is the only one in which he has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
Lando Norris finished in ninth place on his first appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but failed to score last year, finishing in thirteenth place. He has reached Q3 on both appearances at the Hungaroring, with a best qualifying result of seventh in 2019. Norris is yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit. He has lost positions from where he has started in both Hungarian Grands Prix to date. Norris previously competed at the Hungaroring in Formula 3 and Formula 2. In 2017, he completed all three races of the F3 meeting at the track, finishing a best of third at the final race. In F2, Norris finished as runner-up in the Feature Race and in fourth place in the Sprint Race.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Sebastian Vettel did not win the Hungarian Grand Prix until he joined Ferrari. He soon changed that, winning the race in both 2015 and 2017. In all of his first three visits to the track, Vettel failed to score. He finished sixteenth in 2007 and retired in both 2008 and 2009. He has scored in every season since then however, and has finished on the podium on seven occasions – including in three of the last four years. Vettel has taken three poles here, in 2010, 2011 and 2017 and has started from the front row six times in total. 2007 and 2008 are the only years that Vettel has not reached Q3 at the track, as well as the only years that he has not qualified in the top five. For ten consecutive seasons between 2008 and 2017, Vettel was not out-qualified by his team-mate at the Hungaroring. He was out-qualified here in both 2018 and 2019.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
2020 marked the first time that Lance Stroll scored at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Stroll has a 100% finish rate at the Hungaroring, but his fourth place finish last year was the first time he finished above fourteenth at the circuit. Stroll qualified in third place last year, marking his first Q3 appearance at the track and only the second time he had made it out of Q1 at the venue. 2019 is the only time in four appearances that Stroll has been out-qualified by a team-mate in Hungary.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
Fernando Alonso recorded the first victory of his career at the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix. That’s the only time that he has won at the Hungaroring – though he has recorded a further four podium finishes at the track. Alonso has scored in every race he has taken part in at the circuit since 2010. He retired from the race in 2001, 2006 and 2009, while his eleventh place finish in 2005 is the only time he has finished a race here in a position outside of the points. Alonso has set the fastest qualifying time on three occasions at the circuit, but started from pole only twice, in 2003 and 2009. He was penalised in 2007 for blocking McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the pit-lane. Since 2007, 2015 and 2017 are the only years in which the Spaniard has not reached Q3 at the circuit. 2006 and 2011 are the only years in which he has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the track. Of the races he has finished here, 2005 is the only one in which Alonso has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
Esteban Ocon has not scored at the Hungarian Grand Prix since 2017, when he finished in ninth place. He finished thirteenth in 2018 and fourteenth in 2020. Ocon is yet to reach Q3 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and has a best qualifying result of twelfth in 2017. 2018 is the only occasion that he has failed to reach Q3 here, while 2020 was the first time he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track. The Frenchman has never lost a position from where he has started at the Hungaroring.
🇲🇨 CHARLES LECLERC
Charles Leclerc’s fourth place finish at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix is the only time that he has scored points at the Hungaroring. He retired from the race in 2018, and finished eleventh last year. Leclerc’s best qualifying position here is also fourth, in 2019. He qualified in sixth last year, failing to out-qualify his team-mate for the second time in three appearances.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
Carlos Sainz has scored at the Hungarian Grand Prix in all of the last five seasons, recording a best result of fifth place in 2019. 2015, when he retired, is the only time that Sainz has failed to score at the event. 2015 is also the only season that Sainz has failed to reach Q3 at the track. His best qualifying result here is also fifth, with Renault in 2018. He has failed to out-qualify his team-mate in each of the last two seasons.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Pierre Gasly failed to finish the Hungarian Grand Prix, marking the first time in three appearances at the venue that he did not finish in sixth place. He finished sixth for Toro Rosso in 2018 and sixth on his final appearance with Red Bull in 2019. Gasly has reached Q3 on all three appearances at the track so far. He qualified in sixth in 2018 and 2019, but only tenth last year. 2019 is the only time that the Frenchman has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the track.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
This will be Yuki Tsunoda’s first appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has previously raced at the Hungaroring in F3 and F2. While he scored points in both races in F3 in 2019, with a best finish of sixth in the second race, Tsunoda failed to score here in F2 last year.
🇫🇮 KIMI RAIKKONEN
2005 is the only season in which Kimi Raikkonen has won the Hungarian Grand Prix, but he has finished on the podium at the event nine times in total. From his eighteen appearances, Raikkonen has finished in the points thirteen times, has finished outside of the points twice and failed to finish on three occasions. 2006 is the only season Raikkonen has taken pole here, while 2017 is the only other year that he has started from the front row. Last season, Raikkonen qualified last of the twenty drivers on pace alone for the first time in his career. Aside from the races which he has not finished here, Raikkonen has never finished in a lower position than where he started.
🇮🇹 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Antonio Giovinazzi is yet to finish above seventeenth position at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He finished seventeenth last year and eighteenth in 2019. Giovinazzi reached Q2 in 2019, qualifying in fourteenth place, but was eliminated in Q1 in 2020, qualifying on the back row. Giovinazzi has raced at the Hungaroring in two previous categories. He competed here in F3 in 2014, finishing a best of fifth in the last race of the weekend. In GP2 in 2016, he finished as runner-up in the Feature Race, but retired on the penultimate lap of the Sprint Race with engine troubles. Giovinazzi has appeared in Free Practice 1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix with Haas in 2017 and with Sauber in 2018.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
Mick Schumacher has previously raced at the Hungaroring in F3 and F2. He claimed his first F2 victory at the track in 2019, winning the Sprint Race. Last year, Schumacher finished third in both the Feature Race and the Sprint Race.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
Nikita Mazepin has previously raced at the Hungaroring in F3, GP3 and F2. He has won one race at the track, winning the GP3 Feature Race at the track in 2018. Last year, Mazepin scored in both F2 races at the track, finishing as runner-up in the Feature Race.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
George Russell has impressed in qualifying on both appearances so far at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He set the sixteenth fastest time – his best qualifying result of the year – in 2019, before reaching Q2 and qualifying twelfth in 2020. His best race result here is sixteenth, recorded in 2019. He finished only eighteenth in last year’s race. Russell raced in Hungary in F3, GP3 and F2, but has never had much luck at the Hungaroring. He retired from two of the three F3 races in 2016, finishing fourth in the second race. In GP3 in 2017, he failed to start the first race and finished only eleventh in the second event. In F2 in 2018, Russell retired from the Feature Race and finished eighth in the Sprint Race.
🇨🇦 NICHOLAS LATIFI
On his first appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix last year, Nicholas Latifi finished in nineteenth position having qualified in fifteenth. This was the only race in 2020 in which Latifi reached Q2. Latifi has raced at the Hungaroring in every year since 2014. He raced here in Formula 3 in 2014, in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2014 and 2015, in GP2 in 2015 and 2016, and in F2 in every year since 2017. From those races, he has finished on the podium twice. He finished second in the 2017 F2 Feature Race and won the 2019 Feature Race.
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