F1 Driver Form: Hungarian Grand Prix

Hamilton is close to an all-time record of most wins at a single circuit, Verstappen recorded his first F1 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!

🇳🇱 Max VERSTAPPEN

Max Verstappen secured the first pole position of his career at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix. Despite qualifying only tenth in 2022, Verstappen secured his first victory at the circuit. It was his third podium finish at the circuit, having also finished on the podium in Hungary in both 2019 and 2020, finishing as runner-up – doing so in 2020 despite crashing on his way to the grid. He won again in 2023, this time from second on the grid.

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2018 is the only time that Verstappen has failed to score at the Hungarian Grand Prix, 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. In addition to his drive from tenth to the win in 2022 and from second to first in 2023, 2015 and 2020 are the only other years that Verstappen has finished the event in a better position than where he started.

MAX VERSTAPPEN’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇲🇽 Sergio PEREZ

Sergio Perez recorded his first Hungarian Grand Prix podium finish in 2023, finishing in third place. He has scored only five times in 12 appearances at the event. 2022 marked his first top five finish at the Hungaroring. In addition to third in 2023 and fifth in 2022, Perez finished ninth with McLaren in 2013, eighth with Force India in 2017 and seventh with Racing Point in 2020.

Perez retired from the event in 2014, 2015 and 2021 and 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, while he had similar misfortune in 2023, crashing out in Free Practice 1 just minutes into the session.

2020 marked the first time Perez reached Q3 at the Hungaroring since 2013. He lined up fourth on the grid – the first time he started inside the top eight at this track. He equalled that result in 2021 but failed to reach Q3 in 2022. He qualified ninth in 2023. 2019 is the only season in the ten nine years in which Perez has out-qualified his team-mate at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

SERGIO PEREZ’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇬🇧 Lewis HAMILTON

Lewis Hamilton is on the cusp of a record-breaking ninth Hungarian Grand Prix victory. He has won the race three times in the last six years and finished as runner-up in both 2021 and 2022. His fourth place in 2023 was the first time that he did not finish on the podium in Hungary since 2017, while 2021 and 2022 were only the second and third times Hamilton finished on the podium here without winning the race, having also finished third in 2014.

Aside from his only DNF at the track in 2010, Hamilton has never finished outside of the top six at the track.

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Hamilton has taken eight pole positions at the circuit – including his first F1 pole in almost two years in 2023 – and has started from the front row on 12 occasions. He has actually started from pole nine times here, as Fernando Alonso was penalised after holding up then McLaren 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 19 places from his pit-lane start. 2022, when he qualified seventh, is the only other time he has qualified outside of the top five at the track. Again, he made up for it in the race by gaining five places and finishing on the podium.

From his 17 appearances, 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2023 are the only seasons that Hamilton has not led a lap at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

LEWIS HAMILTON’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇬🇧 George RUSSELL

George Russell scored points in Hungary for the first time in 2021, finishing in eighth place. In 2022, he recorded his first podium result at the track, finishing third. He holds a 100% finish record at the circuit and scored more points last year with a sixth place finish in a fine comeback drive.

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Russell impressed in qualifying in both 2019 and 2020. He set the 16th fastest time – his best qualifying result of the year – in 2019, before reaching Q2 and qualifying 12th in 2020. He failed to make it out of Q1 here in 2021 but in 2022 took the first pole position of his Formula 1 career. He recorded another disappointing Q1 exit in 2023, where he was out-qualified by a team-mate at the track for the first time.

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.

GEORGE RUSSELL’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇲🇨 Charles LECLERC

Charles Leclerc has scored only three times from six visits to the Hungarian Grand Prix. His best result here is fourth place, recorded in 2019. He finished sixth in 2022 and seventh last year. Leclerc retired from the race in both 2018 and 2019, and finished 11th in 2020.

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Leclerc recorded his best qualifying result at the track in 2022 with third place. He has reached Q3 in all of the last five seasons.

CHARLES LECLERC’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇪🇸 Carlos SAINZ

Carlos Sainz was promoted onto the podium at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix following Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification, which remains his only top three finish at the track. An eighth place finish last year made it the eighth consecutive season in which Sainz scored points at the Hungaroring.

His first appearance here, in 2015, when he retired, is the only time that Sainz has failed to score at the event.

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2015, 2021 and 2023 are the only seasons in which Sainz has failed to reach Q3 at the track. His best qualifying result here is second, recorded with Ferrari in 2022. 2022 is the only time Sainz out-qualified his team-mate at the Hungarian Grand Prix since 2018.

CARLOS SAINZ’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇬🇧 Lando NORRIS

Lando Norris finished on the podium at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, finishing as runner-up to Max Verstappen. Norris has scored points on three of his five appearances at the Hungaroring. In addition to last year’s podium, he finished ninth in 2019 and seventh in 2022. He finished 13th in 2020 and was taken out at the first corner in 2021.

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Norris has reached Q3 on all five appearances at the Hungaroring, with a best qualifying result of third in 2023. Norris is yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit. 2023 was the first time that Norris did not lose positions from where started at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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.

LANDO NORRIS’ HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇦🇺 Oscar PIASTRI

After qualifying in the top four, Oscar Piastri finished fourth on his first Hungarian Grand Prix appearance in 2023. Piastri has experience in multiple junior categories at the Hungaroring. He has taken a win at the track, in the Renault Eurocup series in 2019. Prior to F1, he last raced here in Formula 3 in 2020, where he finished as runner-up in both the Feature Race and the Sprint Race.

OSCAR PIASTRI’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇪🇸 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.

He finished fourth here in 2021 (a year in which his team-mate won the race), eighth in 2022 and ninth in 2023. 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 11th 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. His sixth place in 2022 was his best qualifying result at the track since 2014.

Since 2007, 2015 and 2017 are the only years in which the Spaniard has not reached Q3 at the circuit. 2006, 2011, 2021 and 2022 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, 2022 and 2023 are the only ones in which Alonso has finished in a worse position than where he started.

FERNANDO ALONSO’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇨🇦 Lance STROLL

Lance Stroll’s 100% finish record at the Hungarian Grand Prix came to an end in 2021, as he crashed out at the first corner. 2020 marked the first time that Stroll scored at the event, finishing in fourth place. He narrowly missed out on points in 2022, finishing 11th. In 2023, he scored a point for the second time at the circuit, with a tenth place finish.

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Stroll qualified in third place in 2020, marking his first – and so far only – Q3 appearance at the track. 2019, 2021 and 2023 are the only occasions on which Stroll has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track.

LANCE STROLL’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇫🇷 Esteban OCON

Esteban Ocon took his maiden victory at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix. It was the first time he had scored at the event since his first appearance in 2017, when he finished in ninth place. He also finished ninth in 2022. Ocon held a 100% finish rate at the Hungaroring until 2023, when first corner contact with his team-mate put him out of the race.

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Ocon reached Q3 at the circuit for the first time in 2021, qualifying in eighth place. He bettered that result in 2022, qualifying fifth. 2020 is the only time he has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the track.

ESTEBAN OCON’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇫🇷 Pierre GASLY

Pierre Gasly has finished in the top six on three of his six appearances at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He does not have a 100% finish record at the track, having retired in both 2020 and 2023. Gasly’s best result at the Hungaroring is fifth, which is where he finished in 2021.

Gasly’s Q1 exit in 2022 was the first time that he has failed to reach Q3 here. He was out in Q2 last year. Gasly recorded his best qualifying result of fifth at the track in 2021. 2019 and 2022 are the only times that the Frenchman has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the track.

PIERRE GASLY’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇹🇭 Alex ALBON

Alex Albon has finished in the points on two of his four previous appearances at the Hungarian Grand Prix but is yet to score here with Williams.

He finished tenth with Toro Rosso in 2019 and finished fifth with Red Bull in 2020. In 2022, with Williams, he finished only 17th, while he finished 11th in 2023.

Albon is yet to reach Q3 in Hungary, having been eliminated in Q2 in 2019 and 2020 and recording a Q1 exits in the last two seasons. 2020 is the only season in which Albon has failed to out-qualify his team-mate here.

ALEX ALBON’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇺🇸 Logan SARGEANT

Logan Sargeant failed to finish the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, retiring with overheating issues just a handful of laps from the end of the race. He had qualified in last position for the race, setting the slowest of the 20 lap times in Q1.

Sargeant finished on the podium at the Hungaroring only once in the junior formulae, with a third place finish in the first F3 race at the track in 2021. He scored in all seven F3 races he competed in at the circuit. Sargeant retired from the F2 Sprint Race at the circuit in 2022 and finished tenth in the Feature Race.

LOGAN SARGEANT’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇯🇵 Yuki TSUNODA

Yuki Tsunoda finished sixth on his first appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2021. He’s yet to pick up more points at the track, having finished only 19th in 2022 and 15th in 2023.

Tsunoda is yet to make it out of Q1 at the Hungaroring. He qualified 16th in both 2021 and 2022 before qualifying one position lower in 2023. 2022 is the only season to date in which Tsunoda has out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit.

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Tsunoda 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 in 2020.

YUKI TSUNODA’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇦🇺 Daniel RICCIARDO

Daniel Ricciardo made his Formula 1 comeback at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix. He finished the race where he started, in 13th position.

The Hungaroring is a track at which the Australian has won previously, taking the second victory of his career with Red Bull in 2014. Podium finishes, both third places, followed in the next two seasons. Since then, Ricciardo has scored only twice at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He finished fourth in 2018 and eighth in 2020.

Ricciardo has one DNF at the Hungaroring, having been taken out by then team-mate Max Verstappen on Lap 1 in 2017. His previous best result here with the Red Bull junior team is 13th, in 2013 and 2023.

Third place in 2016 is Ricciardo’s only top three qualification at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He’s reached Q3 here on six occasions, but has only done so once since 2017 (with McLaren, in 2022). He’s also only out-qualified his team-mate here twice since 2017; in 2020 and on his 2023 return.

DANIEL RICCIARDO’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇫🇮 Valtteri BOTTAS

Valtteri Bottas has not scored a point at the Hungarian Grand Prix since his last podium finish here in 2020. He crashed out at Turn 1 in 2021 and suffered fuel system issues in 2022. In 2023, he finished 12th. 2021 was the first time he failed to finish at the circuit since his maiden season in 2013.

Bottas is yet to finish above third place at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has finished on the podium twice, in 2017 and 2020. His 2018 and 2019 races at the track went 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. 2015 is the only other time that he has failed to score.

The opening lap of the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix. Image: © Andrew Balfour.
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Bottas is yet to take pole position at the Hungaroring, but lined up on the front row of the grid in every year between 2018 and 2021. 2013 is the only time he has failed to reach Q3 at the circuit. He qualified seventh last year.

The 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix is the only race at the track in which Bottas has finished in a better position than where he started.

VALTTERI BOTTAS’ HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇨🇳 ZHOU Guanyu

Zhou Guanyu made his Hungarian Grand Prix debut in 2022, where he finished in 13th place. He qualified four places behind his team-mate and was eliminated in Q2, qualifying 12th.

Zhou reached Q3 in 2023, recording the best qualifying result of his Formula 1 career with fifth place; two places ahead of his team-mate. Zhou lost positions in the race and finished a disappointing 16th.

Prior to F1, Zhou raced at the Hungaroring in Formula 2 in 2020. He failed to finish above eighth in either race that weekend. He also failed to finish above ninth in either race in 2019. Zhou had more luck here in FIA Formula 3 in 2016, 2017 and 2018, finishing on the podium in one of the three races on each of the race weekends.

ZHOU GUANYU’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇩🇰 Kevin MAGNUSSEN

Kevin Magnussen has a 100% finish rate from his eight previous Hungarian Grand Prix starts. His best result here is seventh, recorded in 2018. He also scored a single point here on his last two visits, in 2020 and 2022, finishing in tenth place. He recorded his worst result to date at the track in 2023, with 17th place.

Magnussen has reached Q3 here twice, in 2014 and 2018. The latter is his best qualifying result at the track, with ninth place. That’s the only time he’s started in the top ten at the Hungaroring, having picked up a grid penalty after qualifying tenth in 2014.

2022 was the first time that Magnussen failed to gain places from where he started at the Hungarian Grand Prix outing. He made up an impressive nine places in both the 2014 and 2020 races.

KEVIN MAGNUSSEN’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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🇩🇪 Nico HULKENBERG

Nico Hulkenberg has scored only a single point in his last nine appearances at the Hungarian Grand Prix. His best result here is sixth, which he recorded on his first outing at the track in 2010. His only other point here was the result of a tenth place finish in 2016. He has failed to reached the chequered flag three times – in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Hulkenberg has never been eliminated in Q1 at the Hungaroring and has reached Q3 on six of his ten Hungarian Grand Prix appearances, including last year. His best qualifying position here is seventh, which is where he qualified with Renault in 2017. However, due to a grid penalty that year, he has never started higher than ninth at the circuit. He started ninth in both 2014 and 2016.

2018 is the only season that Hulkenberg has been out-qualified by his team-mate at this venue.

NICO HULKENBERG’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX HISTORY

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