1070th F1 GRAND PRIX | 38th HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX | 37th GRAND PRIX AT THE HUNGARORING
2021 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2021 WINNER: ESTEBAN OCON
The traditional last race before the summer break, the Hungaroring has been on the Formula 1 calendar in every season since 1986. The 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix is set to take place on July 29-31.
Friday 29th July
Free Practice 1 – 2:00pm Local Time/ 1:00pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 5:00pm Local Time/ 4:00pm UK Time
Saturday 30th July
Free Practice 3 – 1:00pm Local Time/ 12:00pm UK Time
Qualifying- 4:00pm Local Time/ 3:00pm UK Time
Sunday 31st July
The 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix – 3:00pm Local Time/ 2:00pm UK Time
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.
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.
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.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT?
There have been no changes to the circuit since the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX?
There are two DRS activation zones at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix. There is a single detection point, just before the final turn. The activation zones are on the main straight and between Turns 1 & 2.
HUNGARORING TRACK GUIDE
When F1 arrives in Hungary, there’s usually an end of term feeling as the Hungaroring hosts the final race before the summer break. Held at the height of the European summer, this relatively slow but technical track has served up some intriguing races for the past three decades.
The Hungaroring is located twelve miles to the north-east of Budapest. After plans for a race in Moscow fell through, Bernie Ecclestone brought the series to Budapest instead and the race made history by being the first to be held behind the Iron Curtain. A city street race was mooted but the communist government instead wanted a new track, and so one was built within eight months. The circuit was designed by Istvan Papp.
The winner of the first ever Grand Prix in 1906 was the Hungarian driver Ferenc Szisz. Hungary’s motorsport history goes back to 1936, when a Hungarian Grand Prix was first held in Nepliget. It had 100,000 spectators, which is an impressive figure for that time. With the onset of World War II, focus shifted away from racing, and there was not another Hungarian Grand Prix until F1 came to Budapest in 1986. The inaugural event was attended by 200,000 fans.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The ten drivers appearing in this week’s press conference are:
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Alex Albon (Williams)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Mike Krack (Aston Martin), Andreas Seidl (McLaren), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Alan Permane (Alpine) and Laurent Mekies (Ferrari).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Eduardo Freitas will be the race director at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Derek Warwick.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX?
Esteban Ocon took his maiden Formula 1 win at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix in a thrilling wet weather race.
Only nineteen drivers competed in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix following a heavy crash for Mick Schumacher in Free Practice 3. Carlos Sainz suffered a crash in Q2 and was unable to progress to the final stage of qualifying. Lewis Hamilton took pole position as Mercedes locked out the front row.
On Sunday, the race began in damp conditions, with Valtteri Bottas making a slow start which dropped him to fifth. Bottas then lost control at the first turn and smashed into the McLaren and two Red Bulls in front of him. Chaos ensued, with Lance Stroll missing his braking point and taking out the other McLaren and Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari. The race was red-flagged as a result, with no fewer than five drivers retiring.
As the red flag period ended, the weather had dried up. The drivers took to the track and almost every driver decided to pit for slick tyres ahead of the race. Everyone, that was, apart from Hamilton, who lined up on his own on the starting grid. The race resumed, with Hamilton soon deciding he was on the wrong tyre. His pit stop gave the race lead to Esteban Ocon. Nikita Mazepin was added to the list of retirements following a collision in the pit lane with Kimi Raikkonen.
Both Hamilton on his new tyres and Max Verstappen with damage sustained on the opening lap were left to fight through the field for the rest of the race. Verstappen fought back to ninth, while Hamilton was charging. His storming drive was slowed by Fernando Alonso, who was keen to hold his former team-mate back in order to help Ocon maintain his lead. Hamilton eventually found his way by and went about overtaking Carlos Sainz for third place.
Ocon himself came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel, but the Aston Martin driver was unable to find a way past. Ocon secured his maiden Grand Prix victory and Hamilton was promoted into second place following Vettel’s post race disqualification for failing to provide a fuel sample. It saw Sainz take the final podium place.