Formula 1 has headed to Hungary, to start the final 10 races of a thrilling 2017 season. The 4.381km-long Hungaroring, just outside Budapest will host its 32nd round of the world championship. It has been the only host of the Hungarian Grand Prix since it appeared on the F1 calendar while part of the Eastern Bloc back in 1986.
The track features 16 corners, which will comprise a 70-lap contest over 306.67km. The tight and twisty nature of the circuit has resulted it in often being dubbed “Monaco, but without the barriers”.
Starting from the front row is very important here – 19 (61.29%) of the winners have come from one of the first two starting spots. 13 (41.94%) have come from pole position.
17 different drivers have tasted glory at this venue, including five-time victor Lewis Hamilton. This was also the scene of his first victory for Mercedes in 2013, where he held off the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton also won last year, and is the only Mercedes driver to win at this venue. Oddly, he has never had a fastest lap here.
Of the teams, McLaren has the most success here, winning 11 of the races (that’s more than a third).
Hamilton is able to match Michael Schumacher’s longstanding overall pole position record, currently standing at 68, at this race. Schumacher has been fastest in 70 qualifying sessions, but had two poles taken away from him. Hamilton also had a pole position taken away from him, after failing a post-session check.
Assuming he takes to the grid, Vettel will start his 50th race for Ferrari. So far, he has won six of them and has stood on the podium a further 22 times while wearing red (his podium at Mexico last year would later be taken away).
The Rubik’s Cube was invented by a Hungarian, you could line 76,860 of them around the Hungarian GP, or if you wanted 14,832,564 of them would completely cover the track surface.