The Hungarian Grand Prix has appeared on the Formula 1 calendar in every season since 1986. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Hungaroring!
Track length: 4.381km
Race length: 306.630km
Circuit opened: 1985
F1 first visited: 1986
Races held: 36
Track Record: 1:13.447, Lewis Hamilton, 2020
Lap Record: 1:16.627, Lewis Hamilton, 2020
HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX WINNERS
There have been 36 races held at the Hungaroring, with the Hungarian Grand Prix having been ever-present on the F1 calendar since the race was first held in 1986.
From the 36 races at the track, there have been eighteen different winners. Lewis Hamilton has the most wins of any driver, with eight. McLaren are the team with the most victories, having won in Hungary eleven times. British drivers have had more wins than drivers of any other nationality at the circuit, with thirteen wins. Mercedes are the engine manufacturer with the most wins here, with Mercedes-powered cars winning at the Hungaroring thirteen times.
Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Jacques Villeneuve, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton are the five drivers who have taken back-to-back Hungarian Grand Prix victories. In 2020, Hamilton became the first driver to win the Hungarian Grand Prix in three consecutive seasons.
The longest streak of victories for a team at the Hungaroring is three, which has happened three times. Williams won all three events between 1995 and 1997, McLaren won the three races in 2007, 2008 and 2009, while Mercedes won all three races between 2018 and 2020.
There have been nine occasions on which a team has recorded a 1-2 finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The most recent was for Ferrari in 2017. Ferrari have had the most 1-2 finishes at the Hungaroring, with four.
There are five previous winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix on the current grid. Lewis Hamilton has the most wins, with eight, while Sebastian Vettel has won here twice. Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon have each won here once.
The longest streak of different winners at the Hungaroring came between 2002 and 2008, when there were no repeat winners for seven seasons.
The Hungarian Grand Prix has been won by less than five seconds on thirteen occasions, and has been won by less than ten seconds eighteen times.
Damon Hill holds the record for the largest win margin at the track, having won by 71.915 seconds in 1993. The race was Hill’s debut Formula 1 victory. Meanwhile, Thierry Boutsen won by the smallest margin at the track, having finished just 0.288 seconds ahead of Ayrton Senna in 1990.
The overall average win margin at the Hungarian Grand Prix is 14.126 seconds. From the last ten races at the Hungaroring, the average win margin is 8.219 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
37 different drivers have finished on the podium at the Hungaroring. Lewis Hamilton holds the record for most podium finishes at the venue, recording his tenth top three finish in 2021. Ferrari have had more podiums than any other team at the track, with their cars finishing on the podium on 26 occasions. British drivers have taken the most podiums of any nation, with 28 top three finishes.
From the current grid, there are eight drivers who have previously finished on the Hungarian Grand Prix podium. Lewis Hamilton has ten podium finishes here, Sebastian Vettel has seven and Fernando Alonso has five. Next on the list is Daniel Ricciardo, with three podiums, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen have each finished on the Hungarian Grand Prix podium twice, while Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz recorded their first Hungarian Grand Prix podium finishes in 2021.
The polesitter has finished on the podium at the Hungaroring 24 times.
While Jenson Button’s win at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix from fourteenth on the grid is the lowest grid slot which a podium finish has come from, Lewis Hamilton finished in third place here in 2014 having started from the pit-lane, which is the furthest back a podium finish has come from at the track.
There have been ten occasions on which all of the top three on the grid have finished on the podium at the Hungaroring. The 2002 and 2017 races here are the only times on which the top three on the grid finished in the order in which they started. Meanwhile, the 2006 and 2014 Hungarian Grands Prix are the only times that none of the top three qualifiers finished on the podium at this track.
There have been fifteen different polesitters at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton set a new record for most pole positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2021, with his eighth pole position.
McLaren and Ferrari are currently tied for the most poles for a team at the Hungaroring, with eight each.
German drivers have taken more poles here than any other nation with twelve; with Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel adding a further five poles to Michael Schumacher’s total of seven.
There are four previous Hungarian Grand Prix polesitters. Lewis Hamilton has the most with eight, while Sebastian Vettel has set the Saturday pace on three occasions, Fernando Alonso has taken pole here twice and Max Verstappen recorded his maiden pole position at the circuit in 2019.
Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the four drivers to have taken back-to-back poles at the circuit. No driver has taken more than two consecutive poles here but, impressively, Schumacher took back-to-back poles at the Hungaroring on three separate occasions.
Williams, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes are the five teams to have taken successive poles at the Hungaroring. Mercedes hold the record for most consecutive pole positions at the track, having taken pole on every occasion between 2013 and 2016.
Pole has been taken by less than a tenth at this track on six occasions, most recently in 2019.
The smallest pole margin at the track came in 2019, when Max Verstappen took pole by just 0.018 seconds. The largest pole margin was in 1991, when Ayrton Senna took pole by 1.232 seconds. That’s the only time pole has been taken by over a second here.
Overall, the average pole margin at the Hungarian Grand Prix is 0.307 seconds. The average pole margin from the last ten races at the Hungaroring is 0.252 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The Hungarian Grand Prix has been won from pole sixteen times and has been won from the front row 23 times. That means thirteen races here have been won from third or further back on the grid.
The furthest back a win has come from here is fourteenth on the grid, a feat which Jenson Button performed in 2006. Nigel Mansell’s win from twelfth in 1989 and Esteban Ocon’s 2021 victory from eighth on the grid are the only other times that the Hungarian Grand Prix has been won from lower than fourth on the grid.
There have only been eight occasions on which the polesitter has finished on the Hungarian Grand Prix podium without winning the race.
Since 1986, 852 cars have been entered into the Hungarian Grand Prix. Of those, 809 qualified for the race and 808 started the race. From the 808 cars which have started the Hungarian Grand Prix, 540 have reached the chequered flag. That gives a finish rate of 67%.
Felipe Massa is the only driver to record a DNS at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He did so following his crash in qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.
The highest number of cars to finish a race here is 21, which happened in both 2012 and 2016. The fewest number of drivers to cross the finish line in a Grand Prix at the Hungaroring is eight, which happened in 1996.
In the 36 races held at the Hungaroring, there have been a total of twenty first lap retirements. The highest number of cars to be eliminated on Lap 1 of the race is four, which happened in both 1992 and 2021.
The highest number of drivers to finish on the lead lap of the race here is fourteen, which happened in 2012 and 2015. Damon Hill and David Coulthard were the only two drivers to finish on the lead lap back in 1995.
Six races here have featured a Safety Car period. The 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix is the only race at the track which has featured more than one Safety Car outing, though there were two Virtual Safety Car periods in the 2018 race. The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first race at the circuit which featured a full Safety Car period since 2017.
Four races at the Hungaroring have been affected by rain: 2006, 2011, 2014, 2020 and 2021.
21 different drivers have set the fastest lap at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher are currently tied for the most fastest laps at the track, having set the Sunday pace four times each at the Hungaroring.
The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first F1 race at the Hungaroring to be red-flagged.
There have been three occasions on which the Hungarian Grand Prix did not reach its scheduled distance. The first race here in 1986 ran to the two hour time limit before the scheduled number of laps was reached, while the 2012 and 2015 races were shortened by one lap due to drivers pulling into the wrong grid slots on the formation lap. Read more: F1 Races Which Did Not Reach Full Distance.
In total, there have been 2.634 Grand Prix racing laps completed so far at the track.
A World Champion has been crowned twice at the Hungaroring. Nigel Mansell won the 1992 championship here, while Michael Schumacher won his fourth title at the track in 2001.
The Constructors’ Championship has been decided at the Hungaroring on four occasions. Williams won the title here in 1996, while Ferrari won the title as a result of the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2001, 2002 and 2004.
There has never been a dead rubber race at the Hungaroring. However, the Drivers’ Championship had already been decided before the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2002.
There have been only eleven occasions on which the winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix has gone on to win the title in the same season. In 2018, Lewis Hamilton ended a thirteen year streak of the winner of this race not winning the championship.
The Hungarian Grand Prix polesitter has gone on to win the title in the same season on sixteen occasions.
The leader of the championship after the Hungarian Grand Prix has gone on to win that year’s title in 25 of the 36 seasons in which the race has been held. 2021 was the first time this did not happen since 2017.
There have been only five occasions on which the team leading the Constructors’ Championship after the Hungarian Grand Prix has failed to go on and win the title that year. It most recently happened in 2007, when McLaren led the title race after the event.
Read more Hungaoring statistics from last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix: 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix Post Race Stats
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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