THE 2021 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 11. 30th July – 1st August.
1046th F1 GRAND PRIX | 37th HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX | 36th GRAND PRIX AT THE HUNGARORING
2020 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2020 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Friday 30th July
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 10:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Saturday 31st July
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Sunday 1st August
The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
- If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, it will be the ninth time that he has won at the event. That would be a new record for most wins at a single circuit, overtaking Michael Schumacher’s record of eight wins at the French Grand Prix.
- The 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix will be the first race in which Fernando Alonso will be 40 years old. If he were to win any race after this point, he would be the first driver to win a race over the age of 40 since Nigel Mansell at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix.
- This will be the 125th Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the month of August.
New derbis fences have been installed at Turn 13 and a new guard rail has been added at the pit entry. The pit exit white line has been narrowed – it is now four metres from the edge of the track.
Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.
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.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. The drivers appearing in the press conference are yet to be announced.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are yet to be announced.
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 Vitantonio Liuzzi.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
2020 HUNGARIAN GP RECAP
Lewis Hamilton took a record-equalling eighth Hungarian Grand Prix victory, as Max Verstappen recovered from a near-calamitous pre-race error.
There was drama before the lights went out at the Hungarian Grand Prix as, in damp conditions, Max Verstappen crashed on his way to the grid. Luckily, the Dutchman was able to get his car to the grid and his mechanics fixed the suspension damage just in time. On the formation lap, both Haas drivers pulled into the pits to switch to dry tyres – attempting to get an advantage on the drying track. Lewis Hamilton started from pole position and maintained his advantage on the opening lap as team-mate Valtteri Bottas had a poor start, being overtaken by five cars. The Finn soon pitted for dry tyres, as did most of the field. That allowed the Haas drivers to climb up to third and fourth having pitted prior to the race start. A busy pit lane led to damage for Nicholas Latifi, who had to pit again after contact with Carlos Sainz at the pit exit gave him a puncture. The rest of the race passed without much in the way of incidents. Charles Leclerc had close encounters with Bottas and Lando Norris while Latifi suffered a further spin. Hamilton had enough of an advantage over Verstappen to pit again for soft tyres and take the Fastest Lap of the race. He led the Red Bull driver home by almost nine seconds, while Bottas challenged Verstappen in the closing stages but was unable to pass. After the race, both Haas drivers were handed ten second penalties for breaching the rules on the formation lap.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:18.486 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:17.613 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:17.233 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:16.003 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 2||1:18.455 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:16.834 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:17.854 (Pierre Gasly)||1:40.464 (Sebastian Vettel)|
|Free Practice 3||1:17.017 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:16.170 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:16.084 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:15.437 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Qualifying||1:16.276 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:16.666 (Sebastian Vettel, in Q1)||1:14.572 (Max Verstappen)||1:13.447 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:20.182 (Fernando Alonso)||1:20.012 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:17.103 (Max Verstappen)||1:16.627 (Lewis Hamilton)|