As Ricciardo makes his Formula 1 comeback, Verstappen is looking to equal the record for consecutive wins from pole and Red Bull could become the first team to record 12 successive F1 wins. Here are the milestones and the records which could be broken at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix!
THE 2023 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX MILESTONES
The 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the 1,090th World Championship event in Formula 1 history.
The 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the 38th time that Formula 1 has raced in Hungary. It will be the 39th Hungarian Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1936 and the 38th time that the event has been held as a round of the World Championship.
With this being the 38th race held at the Hungaroring, the Budapest circuit will overtake Hockenheim at the circuit to have held the eighth most World Championship events.
This will be Max Verstappen’s 151st start with Red Bull. He overtakes David Coulthard as the driver to have made the fourth-most appearances with a single team and equals Kimi Raikkonen for third in the all-time list.
Sergio Perez will make his 246th start this weekend, equalling David Coulthard to have made the 11th most Grand Prix starts.
This weekend, Fernando Alonso becomes the first driver to start the Hungarian Grand Prix on 20 occasions. Ahead of the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, he’s tied with Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello for most appearances at the Hungaroring.
The 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the first Formula 1 race ever held on July 23. Before this race, July 23 is one of only two dates between March 1 and November 10 on which an F1 race has never been held. The only other is August 20.
The 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the 180th Formula 1 race to take place during the month of July.
RICCIARDO RETURNS AT ALPHATAURI
Daniel Ricciardo returns to Formula 1 with AlphaTauri at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix. He replaces Nyck de Vries for the remainder of the 2023 season.
This will be Ricciardo’s first race appearance since the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and his first appearance with the Red Bull junior team since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.
The 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix was also the last time that two Australian drivers lined up on the Formula 1 grid. Coincidentally, this race will mark the 350th consecutive race at which an Australian driver has lined up on the starting grid. The streak goes back to the 2005 French Grand Prix, with the 2005 United States Grand Prix being the last race which no Australians started.
This will be the first time since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix that car numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 have all been present on the Formula 1 grid.
A RECORD BREAKING RUN FOR VERSTAPPEN AND RED BULL
Last time out, Red Bull equalled McLaren’s 1988 record for the most consecutive Formula 1 wins. A victory at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix would make Red Bull the first team in history to record 12 consecutive Grand Prix wins.
Victory for Red Bull this weekend would also see them equal McLaren as only the second team to have won all of the first 11 races of a Formula 1 season.
Max Verstappen has won all of the last six races. He’s looking for a seventh consecutive Grand Prix win at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix. If he achieves it, he would become only the fifth driver to have won seven races in a row, after Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.
Max Verstappen is hoping to extend his longest pole position streak so far in his career. He’s taken pole at all of the last five races. Another pole at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix would make this only the 13th time that a driver has taken six successive poles in Formula 1. The last driver to do so was Lewis Hamilton in 2017.
Having won all of the last five races from pole position, Max Verstappen could equal the record for most consecutive wins from pole at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher won six successive races from pole position between the 2000 Italian Grand Prix and the 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix.
A top three finish for Max Verstappen would be his 12th consecutive podium appearance. That would make him only the fourth driver – after Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso – to record podium results at 12 races in a row.
A top ten finish for Max Verstappen would make the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix the 30th consecutive race in which he has scored points. Lewis Hamilton is the only other driver to have scored at 30 races in a row, having done so twice in his career.
A podium finish for either Red Bull driver would make the team the fifth to have recorded 250 podium finishes in Formula 1.
Points for Sergio Perez would make this the 162nd race weekend in which the Mexican driver has picked up points. That would see him equal Jenson Button for seventh in the list of most races in which a driver has scored.
At the 2023 Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen joined a small group of drivers who’ve won a race from eight different grid positions. Verstappen is one grid position away from equalling Fernando Alonso as the driver to have won from the most different grid slots in F1. Verstappen will equal the record should he win from 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th or any grid position further back than 14th.
Max Verstappen could equal Sebastian Vettel as the driver to have taken the fourth-most wins without starting from pole position. Verstappen has won 21 races so far in his career without having taken pole position for the Grand Prix.
Red Bull will lead the Constructors’ Championship for the 28th consecutive race after the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix. It will become their longest streak at the top of the championship. They previously led after 27 consecutive races between the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix and the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Having already won the Saudi Arabian and Singapore Grands Prix, one more victory for Sergio Perez in 2023 would make this the first season in which he has won three Grands Prix in a single year.
THE FORMULA 1 RECORDS TO BREAK
If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, it would be his ninth win at the Hungaroring. That would be a new record for the most wins at a single circuit.
Pole position for Lewis Hamilton at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix would make him the first driver to have taken nine poles at a single circuit.
If he leads 13 laps of the race, Lewis Hamilton will become the first driver to have led 500 laps at a single circuit in Formula 1 history.
A points finish for Lando Norris or Oscar Piastri at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix would make this the 700th Grand Prix in which McLaren have scored points. They would be only the second team – after Ferrari – to reach the milestone.
Should Alex Albon or Logan Sargeant reach Q3 at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, this would be the fourth race in a row at which Williams have reached Q3. It would be the first time that the team has reached Q3 at four races in a row since the start of the 2017 season.
If both Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo are out in Q1 at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, it would be the first time in the Red Bull junior team’s history that both of the team’s cars have been eliminated in Q1 at four races in a row.
Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen are currently tied for second place on the list of most Q1 exits in Formula 1, with 61 apiece. Either driver could move to an outright second place this weekend.
If Lando Norris wins the Driver Of The Day vote, it will be the sixth time that a driver has been voted Driver Of The Day at three consecutive races. Other drivers who’ve been voted Driver Of The Day at three races in a row are Max Verstappen (three times), Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.
The drivers who’ve started first and second have finished first and second (in the same order) at all of the last three races. Should they do so again at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, it would equal the longest such streak in F1 history. It also happened at the four consecutive races between the 1992 Mexican Grand Prix and the 1992 San Marino Grand Prix and at the four races between the 2016 United States Grand Prix and the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
A top ten finish for Nico Hulkenberg would make this the 100th race weekend at which he has scored points. That includes the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, at which he only scored points in the Sprint.
If Fernando Alonso wins any race this season, he will become the oldest driver to win a Grand Prix since Jack Brabham at the 1970 South African Grand Prix. Brabham won that race at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 5 days.
If Fernando Alonso lines up fifth on the grid, he will equal Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have lined up fifth on the grid on the most occasions in Formula 1. Raikkonen started fifth on 39 occasions during his career.
A fifth place finish for Fernando Alonso in the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix would see him equal Jenson Button for the most fifth place finishes in Formula 1. Button finished fifth on 27 occasions during his career.
If Logan Sargeant picks up two points this weekend, the United States would become the tenth nation to have scored 1,000 points in Formula 1. American drivers have been stuck on 998 points since the 1993 Italian Grand Prix, when Michael Andretti scored the last points of his career with a podium finish for McLaren.
If a British driver takes pole position at any race in 2023, it would be the 20th consecutive season in which a British driver has taken pole. It would be a new record for most consecutive seasons in which a nation has taken a pole position, overtaking Britain’s long-standing record of 19 seasons with a pole position between 1955 and 1973.
An eighth place finish for Nico Hulkenberg would see him equal Jenson Button and Carlos Sainz as the driver with the most eighth place finishes in Formula 1. Button recorded his 20th and final eighth place finish at the 2016 German Grand Prix, while Sainz equalled Button’s record at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix.
A double Q1 exit for Williams would make them the first constructor to record 70 double Q1 exits. Other teams have done so in the past, but Williams will be the first to do so having had a single constructor name during that time. Other ‘teams’ to have reached 70 double Q1 eliminations are the Silverstone team (Midland, Spyker, Force India, Racing Point, Aston Martin), the Caterham team (Team Lotus, Caterham) and the Manor team (Virgin, Marussia, Manor).
2023 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX: RECORDS TO BREAK
Lewis Hamilton is the only current driver with multiple wins at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Should they win this weekend, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon or Max Verstappen could join Hamilton and become the tenth driver to take multiple victories at the Hungaroring.
If a team other than Mercedes, Alpine or Red Bull win the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, it would equal the longest streak of Hungaroring races at which a different team has won. Four different teams previously won in the four races at the circuit between 2003 & 2006 and between 2012 & 2015.
Should he reach the sixth lap of the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso will overtake Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have raced the most laps at the Hungaroring. Raikkonen raced 1,222 Grand Prix laps here during his career.
If he crosses the finish line, Fernando Alonso will become the first driver to reach the chequered flag at the Hungaroring on 17 occasions.
Williams and Ferrari are currently tied as the teams to have set the most fastest laps at the Hungaroring. Either team could extend the record to ten fastest laps at the circuit in the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ferrari and Mercedes could equal or overtake Renault as the engine manufacturer with the most podiums at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Either manufacturer could equal Renault’s tally if two of their engines finish in the top three, while Ferrari or Mercedes power would have to lock out the top three positions if either manufacturer is to overtake Renault’s record of 28 podiums.
Should they pick up points at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton will become the first drivers to score points on 16 occasions at the Hungaroring. They would also surpass Kimi Raikkonen as the drivers to have recorded the most top ten finishes at the circuit.
If he scores four points at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen will become the fifth driver to have scored 100 points at the Hungaroring.
Should Kevin Magnussen reach the chequered flag, he’ll become only the third driver – after Ralf Schumacher and Damon Hill – to race at the Hungaroring on eight occasions without recording a retirement.
If he’s out on the opening lap of the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc will become the first driver to record three first lap retirements at the Hungaroring. Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll can equal the existing record of two first lap DNFs at the venue, currently shared between Leclerc, Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine.
2023 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX: QUALIFYING RECORDS
McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes are all tied as the team with the most pole positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix with eight apiece. A pole for any of those teams would see them set a new outright record.
Pole position for George Russell would mark the eighth time that a driver has taken two consecutive victories at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton or George Russell take pole at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes would equal their own record for the longest pole streak for a team at the Hungaroring. The team have taken pole at all of the last three races at the track. They previously took four poles in a row at the circuit between 2013 and 2016.
If a British driver takes pole position at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Britain will equal Germany as the nation with the most poles at the Hungaroring. German drivers have taken pole here 12 times to date.
Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso can set a new record for most top ten qualifications at the Hungarian Grand Prix. A top ten qualification for either driver would be their 16th at the Hungaroring.
Max Verstappen and Lando Norris will both be hoping to maintain their 100% Q3 appearance record at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Brendon Hartley and Ralf Schumacher are the only other drivers to reach Q3 on every appearance at the Hungaroring.
If he’s out in Q1, Kevin Magnussen will equal Marcus Ericsson’s record of four Q1 eliminations at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST VICTORY SINCE 2021
Victory for Lewis Hamilton would see car number 44 equal car number 2 as the car number to have taken the third most wins in Formula 1.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton at any race in 2023 would see him move into the top 20 of the oldest drivers to win a Grand Prix in Formula 1. He would overtake Damon Hill as the third-oldest British driver to have won a Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton wins any race this year, he’ll overtake Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have had the longest gap between his first and last Grand Prix victories. He’d also be the first driver to have won after the 300th race of his career. Fernando Alonso would break the record if he were to take victory.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton would make him the first driver to have won in 16 different Formula 1 seasons. 2022 is the only season during his career in which Hamilton has not taken a victory.
WILL MERCEDES BE BACK IN THE FIGHT?
A victory for Mercedes would make 2023 the 12th consecutive season in which the team has won a race. They would be only the third team to win in 12 consecutive seasons, after Ferrari (1994-2013) and McLaren (1981-1993).
Pole position for Mercedes would see them become only the second team, after Ferrari between 1994 and 2008, to have taken pole positions in 12 consecutive seasons.
Victory for a Mercedes-powered car would see them become only the third engine manufacturer to have won in 17 consecutive Formula 1 seasons. The only other manufacturers to have done so are Ferrari (20 seasons, between 1994-2013) and Ford Cosworth (17 seasons, between 1967-1983).
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of seventeen podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.