Red Bull break the 35-year-old record for consecutive victories, Norris records consecutive podiums for the first time and the Enstone team record consecutive double retirements for the first time since 1999. Here are the facts and statistics from the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix!
RED BULL SET NEW CONSECUTIVE WIN RECORD
With Max Verstappen winning the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull became the first team in Formula 1 history to take 12 consecutive victories. They break McLaren’s record of 11 consecutive wins, set in 1988. Red Bull’s winning streak dates back to the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix is the only one of the last 22 races which Red Bull have not won.
Having won all of the first 11 races of the season, Red Bull also equalled McLaren’s record for the most consecutive wins at the start of the year.
With both Verstappen and Sergio Perez on the podium, Red Bull surpassed 250 podium finishes. They are the fifth team to reach the milestone, after Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Mercedes. Mercedes also recorded their 250th podium finish at the Hungaroring, back in 2021.
After the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull lead the Constructors’ Championship for the 28th time. It’s a new personal best for the longest time that the team has been at the top of the standings. Their previous record was 27 races, between the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix and the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix.
VERSTAPPEN TAKES 2023 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX VICTORY
Max Verstappen took the 44th victory of his career at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix. Winning for a seventh race in a row, he became only the fifth driver – after Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg – to record seven consecutive Grand Prix wins.
Winning from second on the grid, this was the 22nd time that Verstappen has won from a position other than pole. He equals Sebastian Vettel for fourth in the list of most wins from a position other than pole.
Having also won last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Verstappen became the sixth driver to have won the event in successive years, after Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Jacques Villeneuve, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen is the tenth driver to record multiple Hungarian Grand Prix victories.
Verstappen became only the fourth driver in Formula 1 history to record podium finishes at 12 consecutive races. Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the only other drivers who’ve achieved the feat.
Verstappen’s victory saw him pick up points for the 30th consecutive race. He’s only the second driver to pick up points at 30 races in a row, after Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton has done so twice.
Scoring 26 points, Verstappen became the fifth driver to have scored over 100 points at the Hungaroring during his career.
Verstappen set the fastest lap for a third consecutive race – the first time he has done so in his career. It’s the 34th time that a driver has set three consecutive fastest laps in Formula 1.
For the 11th time in his career – and the fourth time this year – Verstappen led every lap of the race. He is only the seventh driver to have led 11 races from start to end.
The 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix marks only the eighth time that a driver has led every lap of a race at the Hungaroring. Verstappen is the first driver to lead every lap of a race here since Lewis Hamilton in 2007.
ON THE PODIUM
For the first time in his Formula 1 career, Lando Norris finished on the podium for a second consecutive race. Finishing second, he equalled his career-best result for the second race weekend in a row.
This was Norris’ first top six finish at the Hungaroring and the first time that he has finished a race at the track in a better position than where he started.
Norris recorded McLaren’s first podium finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix since Lewis Hamilton won with the team in 2012.
Finishing the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix in third place, Sergio Perez recorded his sixth podium result of the season. This was Perez’s 32nd podium finish, equalling Jim Clark, Jacques Laffite, Jean Alesi and Daniel Ricciardo for 30th in the list of most top three finishes in Formula 1.
This was Perez’s first podium finish at the Hungaroring, making it the 23rd different circuit at which he has recorded a top three result.
Scoring points for the 162nd time, Perez equalled Jenson Button for seventh in the list of most race weekends at which a Formula 1 driver has scored.
Driving from ninth on the grid to third at the finish, the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix was the fifth consecutive race in which Perez has gained six or more positions.
Perez recorded the first podium finish from ninth on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix since Nelson Piquet, who also finished third in 1990. It’s the best ever result recorded from ninth on the grid in Hungary.
This was the first time since 2015 that both Red Bull drivers finished on the Hungarian Grand Prix podium.
IN THE POINTS
Lewis Hamilton finished in fourth place at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, becoming the first Hungaroring polesitter to fail to finish on the podium since he did so himself in 2015.
This was the first time since 2017 that Hamilton did not finish on the Hungarian Grand Prix podium.
Along with Fernando Alonso, Hamilton became the first driver to score points on 16 occasions at the Hungarian Grand Prix. They surpass Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have recorded the most top ten finishes at the Hungaroring.
With both Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri finishing in the top five, this was the 700th race at which McLaren have scored. They’re only the second team to achieve the feat, after Ferrari.
The 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix is the first time since 2011 that both McLaren drivers have finished in the top five at the Hungaroring.
Piastri scored points for a second consecutive race. It’s the first time in his Formula 1 career that he has scored at two races in a row.
Piastri joins Antônio Pizzonia and Johnny Dumfries as only the third driver to hold a 100% points finish rate at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
George Russell gained 12 positions on his drive from 18th on the grid to sixth at the finish line. It’s the most positions he has ever gained in a Formula 1 race.
Russell recorded the best ever result for a driver starting 18th at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s the third consecutive season in which the driver starting 18th has scored points in Hungary.
With Lewis Hamilton fourth and George Russell sixth, the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix is only the second Hungaroring race since 2013 in which neither Mercedes driver finished on the podium.
On Lap 6, Fernando Alonso overtook Kimi Raikkonen as the driver who has raced the most laps at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Finishing the race, he became the first driver to cross the finish line on 17 occasions at the Hungaroring.
With Charles Leclerc seventh and Carlos Sainz eighth, this is the first Hungarian Grand Prix in which neither Ferrari driver finished in the top six since 2006, when their drivers also finished seventh and eighth.
Carlos Sainz finished eighth – his worst Hungarian Grand Prix result since finishing ninth in 2020.
With ninth place, Alonso finished outside of the top seven for the first time in the 2023 season. It’s the first time Alonso has finished outside of the top eight at the Hungarian Grand Prix since his 2009 retirement.
Lance Stroll finished in tenth place, making this the fourth time in the last five races that both Aston Martin drivers have picked up points.
The 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix is only the second time that Stroll has scored a point at the Hungaroring. He finished fourth with Racing Point in 2020.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
Finishing 11th, Alex Albon made the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix the fourth consecutive race in which he has finished in the top 11.
Finishing 12th, Valtteri Bottas failed to score at the Hungarian Grand Prix for a third consecutive season.
Daniel Ricciardo out-raced his team-mate to finish 13th on his return to Formula 1. it’s two positions further up than where he finished with McLaren at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
With 15th place, Yuki Tsunoda recorded his best result since finishing 14th in the Canadian Grand Prix.
After making a poor start from fifth on the grid, Zhou Guanyu could finish the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix no higher than 16th. He lost 11 positions over the course of the race – the most places he’s lost in a single race which he has completed in his career to date.
Despite finishing only 17th – and last of the cars still running at the end of the race – Kevin Magnussen joined Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher as only the third driver to make eight Hungarian Grand Prix appearances without recording any retirements.
17th is Magnussen’s worst result to date at the Hungaroring.
Alpine’s race came to a disappointing end in the early stages. Following contact, both Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon retired in the opening laps. This was the second consecutive double DNF for the Enstone-based team. It’s the first time the team has failed to finish with either car at two races in a row since they were in their Benetton guise, at the 1999 Italian and European Grands Prix.
It’s the first time since 2006 that both of the Enstone team’s drivers have retired from the Hungarian Grand Prix.
This was Ocon’s first retirement from his six appearances at the Hungaroring. Ocon recorded the first retirement for the driver starting 12th on the grid in almost a year. The last driver to retire starting there was Lance Stroll at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix.
The rest of the race passed without any retirements until the penultimate lap, when Logan Sargeant pulled into the pit lane. Although he was classified, as he finished more than 80% of the race distance, this was Sargeant’s third retirement in his rookie season.
Sargeant recorded Williams’ first retirement at the Hungarian Grand Prix since Paul di Resta failed to finish on his one off appearance with the team at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.