While Hamilton and Verstappen can equal the record for most 1-2 finishes, Ricciardo seeks to end his longest non-Q3 streak in ten years and Williams can become the first team to reach 5,000 laps raced in Hungary. Here are the milestones and records which could be broken at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix!
The 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the 1,070th World Championship race. It will be the 38th Hungarian Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1936 and the 37th time that the event has been held as a round of the World Championship.
The Hungaroring will equal Hockenheim as the venue to have hosted the eighth most World Championship races. After the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, both venues will have appeared on the calendar on 37 occasions.
Lando Norris makes his 73rd start with McLaren this weekend. It sees him equal John Watson as the driver to have made the tenth most starts with the McLaren team.
The 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the sixth Formula 1 race held on July 31st. The last race held on this day was the 2016 German Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso will make his 19th appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2022. That sees him equal Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have made the most starts at the event.
THE F1 RECORDS TO BREAK
If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, he will become the first driver to have won a single Grand Prix on nine separate occasions. It’s a record which Hamilton already shares with Michael Schumacher. Schumacher won eight times at the French Grand Prix, while Hamilton has won eight times so far at both the British and Hungarian Grands Prix.
Lewis Hamilton can set a new outright record for most poles at a single venue this weekend. Should he take pole, he’d be the first to take nine poles at a track. Hamilton currently shares the record for most poles at a single circuit with Ayrton Senna (8 at Imola) and Michael Schumacher (8 at Suzuka). Hamilton has also taken eight poles at Albert Park.
A podium finish for Lewis Hamilton will see him become the fourth driver to have a gap of 300 races between their first and last podium finishes. Fernando Alonso (355), Michael Schumacher (347) and Kimi Raikkonen (314) are the only other drivers with more than 300 races between their first and last podium results.
Having finished second at the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton can become the first driver to have finished as runner-up on 50 occasions in his Formula 1 career.
If Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton finish first and second, they will equal the record of the driver pairing to have recorded the most 1-2 results. The current record is 31, for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
If Fernando Alonso finishes in the top ten at the French Grand Prix, it will be the first time that he has scored at eight races in a row since scoring at all eight races between the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix and the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix. It will be the ninth time in his career that he has scored at eight or more consecutive races.
If Kevin Magnussen reaches Q3, it will be the first time he has reached Q3 at three consecutive races since the 2019 Spanish, Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix. If Magnussen is eliminated in Q1, he will become the sixth driver to record 50 Q1 exits in Formula 1. Read more: Who has the most Q1 exits in F1?
Should Daniel Ricciardo fail to reach Q3, this will be the first time he has missed out on Q3 at four races in a row since failing to qualify in the top ten at 18 consecutive races between the 2012 Spanish and 2013 Malaysian Grands Prix.
If Ricciardo scores in the race, it will be the first time he has scored at three consecutive Grands Prix since scoring at all 15 races between the 2020 Belgian and 2021 Spanish Grands Prix.
If Lando Norris scores 16 or more points without winning the race, he will move ahead of Romain Grosjean to second in the list of most points scored without taking a victory.
Rubens Barrichello currently sits ninth in the all-time list of most races in which a driver has scored. He scored in 140 races during his career. That number could be equalled by Valtteri Bottas this weekend.
If the race is won by less than a second, 2022 will be the first season since 2017 to have had at least three races in which the win margin was under a second. The record for most races won by under a second in a single season is seven, in 2002.
A podium result for Bottas would see him equal Rubens Barrichello as the non-champion with the most podiums in F1.
Sebastian Vettel will become the third driver to record podium finishes in fifteen different seasons if he finishes in the top three.
THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX RECORDS TO BREAK
No driver has taken more than two poles in a row at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton can become the first driver to take three consecutive poles at the Hungaroring this weekend.
McLaren and Ferrari are currently tied for most pole positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with eight apiece. Their record could be equalled this weekend by Mercedes.
If Lewis Hamilton leads 17 laps of the race, he will become the first driver to have led 500 laps at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton can extend their record as the drivers to have scored on the most occasions at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Their record of fourteen points finishes at the Hungaroring is currently shared with Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen also holds the record for most top ten finishes at the venue, with fifteen. That’s a number which Alonso and Hamilton can equal this weekend.
Alonso and Hamilton are also tied with Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher for most top ten qualifications at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Both Alonso and Hamilton could qualify in the top ten at the track for a record-breaking fifteenth time.
Sebastian Vettel can become the seventh driver to have raced 1,000 laps at the Hungarian Grand Prix if he completes 43 laps of Sunday’s race.
Williams will become the first team to have raced 5,000 laps at the Hungarian Grand Prix if Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi complete 133 laps between them this weekend.
If Fernando Alonso crosses the finish line, he will equal Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have reached the chequered flag at the most Hungarian Grands Prix. Raikkonen finished sixteen races at the circuit, while Alonso has crossed the finish line fifteen times so far.
Alex Albon and Yuki Tsunoda will be hoping to maintain their 100% points-scoring rate at the circuit. Antonio Pizzonia and Johnny Dumfries, who each made only a single appearance at the circuit, are the only other drivers in that club.
Gerhard Berger currently shares the record for most third places in Hungary with Sebastian Vettel. Vettel could set a new outright record this weekend, if he finishes third at the event for a fourth time. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso or Valtteri Bottas could equal the existing record.
If Charles Leclerc is out on the first lap, he will become the first driver to record three first lap retirements at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Leclerc was out on the opening lap in both 2018 and 2021. Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine are the only other drivers to record multiple first lap retirements at the event.
Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly will be looking to maintain their 100% Q3 appearance record at the circuit. Brendon Hartley and Ralf Schumacher are the only other drivers to have reached Q3 on every appearance at the circuit since the qualifying system was introduced in 2006.
Lewis Hamilton can extend his record of most Q3 appearances in Hungary to fifteen. If Hamilton fails to reach Q3, Sebastian Vettel has the opportunity to equal his record.
Daniel Ricciardo could take the unwanted accolade of equalling Marcus Ericsson for the most Q1 exits at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ericsson was eliminated in Q1 on four occasions at the track, while Ricciardo has had three Q1 eliminations here so far.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST WIN OF 2022
Victory for Lewis Hamilton in any race in 2022 will see him become the first driver in F1 history to have won a race in 16 different seasons, as well as the first to win in 16 consecutive seasons.
June 10th marked 15 years since Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 win at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix. If Hamilton wins any race from now on, he’ll become only the second driver – after Kimi Raikkonen – with a gap of longer than 15 years between his first and last F1 wins.
If he takes pole position, sets the fastest lap and wins the race, Lewis Hamilton would become the second driver – after Michael Schumacher – to record 20 hat tricks in his F1 career.
Pole for a British driver would see the nation equal their own record for most consecutive seasons in which a nation has taken pole. The current record held by British drivers is 19 consecutive seasons with a pole position, between 1955 and 1973.
MERCEDES STILL SEEK SUCCESS
Pole for Mercedes would make them the first engine manufacturer to have poles in 26 consecutive seasons. Ferrari are the only other engine manufacturer to have poles in 25 successive years. Their record streak ended in 2020. Meanwhile, if a Mercedes-powered car leads the race, the manufacturer would be first to lead races in 28 consecutive seasons.
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of seventeen podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.
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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