The Hungaroring circuit has hosted Formula 1 since 1986. Over the years, the Hungarian circuit has been described in various ways, including “Monaco without the barriers.” Indeed, the Hungaroring layout, 4.3 kms in length, featuring 14 corners, 8 to the right and 6 to the left, is incredibly twisty and puts a real strain on both man and machinery.
What one wants from a car in Budapest is that it be well balanced in order to cope with the endless changes of direction, as well having good traction.
The cars are set up with high levels of aerodynamic downforce and the engineers always keep an eye on the brake and engine temperatures, given that hot weather is always a feature here at this time of year. Obviously, the high temperatures and track characteristics have an effect on tyre behaviour at the Hungaroring, as they are permanently under load.
Power is not that important in Hungary but operating temperatures of the power unit have to be kept under control, given the low speed and the heat. Clearly, on a stop-go circuit like this one, the power unit with the most efficient hybrid element will have a performance advantage.
Lewis Hamilton is the specialist at the Hungaroring, with the Englishman winning six times, seemingly fan of the kart-like nature of this track.
FIRST GRAND PRIX: 1986
NUMBER OF LAPS: 70
RACE DISTANCE: 306.630 KM
CIRCUIT LENGTH: 4.381 KM
LAP RECORD: 1:19.071 – Michael Schumacher (2004)
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