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Featured 2014 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1 Race Comments' started by Howard, Jul 24, 2014.

Who will win the Hungarian GP?

Poll closed Jul 28, 2014.
  1. Rosberg

    66 vote(s)
  2. Hamilton

    58 vote(s)
  3. Ricciardo

    7 vote(s)
  4. Alonso

    7 vote(s)
  5. Bottas

    9 vote(s)
  6. Vettel

    9 vote(s)
  7. Hulkenberg

    0 vote(s)
  8. Button

    5 vote(s)
  9. Magnussen

    0 vote(s)
  10. Massa

    5 vote(s)
  11. Perez

    0 vote(s)
  12. Raikkonen

    6 vote(s)
  13. Other driver

    2 vote(s)
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  1. Howard

    Staff Emeritus | Motorsport Engineer Premium Member

    Budapest welcomes Formula One this week as the teams assemble at the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix – the 12th round of the 2014 F1 World Championship.

    Friday practice report: '
    Hamilton out in front in Budapest practice'
    Qualifying report: 'Rosberg on pole, Hamilton's hopes up in flames'
    Race report: 'Ricciardo takes barnstorming Hungarian GP'

    For many in the F1 paddock it has been a hectic few days. Back-to-back with the German Grand Prix, Hungary represents a huge logistics effort for teams, pushed to their limits to transfer cars, garage equipment and motorhomes the 800km between the two circuits.

    The twisting Hungaroring is similar in characteristic to a street circuit – lacking the walls but retaining the tight radius corners, bumpy surface and low grip. It has something of a mixed reputation among drivers; common consensus claims it to be a wonderful track for a qualifying lap but a difficult place to race, given the paucity of overtaking opportunities. In close battles, good strategy has frequently been the decisive factor, more so than at other permanent circuits.

    Pirelli are bringing the medium and soft compounds this weekend. Weather forecasts suggest high track temperatures will again be a factor – albeit with the risk of storms increasing as the weekend progresses. Teams run their maximum downforce packages in Hungary to cope with the many slow corners. The issue that will occupy the minds of engineers during the practice sessions is the need to maximise traction to get the best return from the many low-gear acceleration points.

    In the compelling battle for the Drivers’ World Championship title, the pendulum swung back in favour of Nico Rosberg at Hockenheim with the German driver extending his lead to 14 points with an authoritative victory. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton will not be too despondent, however. Battling back from a qualifying-session brake failure that left him starting near the back of the field, he limited his losses with a charge to third place. With four pole positions and four victories at the Hungaroring he will be confident of reducing the deficit this weekend.


    Friday 25th July 2014
    Free Practice 1 - 8:00 GMT
    Free Practice 2 - 12:00 GMT

    Saturday 26th July 2014
    Free Practice 3 - 9:00 GMT
    Qualifying – 12:00 GMT

    Sunday 27th July 2014
    Race – 12:00 GMT


    • The Hungarian Grand Prix made its Formula One World Championship debut in 1986 at the newly-constructed Hungaroring. It has been held at this venue every year since. Monza and Monte Carlo are the only circuits with a longer run of consecutive races.
    • The race has been held 28 times. Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are the most successful drivers in the history of the Hungarian Grand Prix with four wins each. McLaren are the most successful team with 11 victories at this circuit, including six of the last nine Hungarian Grands Prix.
    • In the battle for dominance between engine suppliers, Mercedes lead the way with nine victories. Renault have seven, Honda six, Ferrari five and Ford (Cosworth) one. Honda and Ferrari, however, share the distinction of having a victory in each decade of the race’s operation.
    • In the last 10 outings, the Hungarian Grand Prix has provided debut victories for Fernando Alonso (2003), Jenson Button (2006) and Heikki Kovalainen (2008).
    • Sebastian Vettel has a blind spot when it comes to the Hungarian Grand Prix, never having won it. Prior to 2014, during his first five seasons as a Red Bull Racing driver, he took at least one victory in every other country to host a grand prix.
    • The 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix holds the distinction of being the race with the most pit stops. 88 in total.
    • Both Nigel Mansell in 1992 and Michael Schumacher in 2001 won the Drivers’ World Championship at the Hungarian Grand Prix. In Mansell’s case it was the 11th race of a 16-race season, for Schumacher it was the 13th of 17. Schumacher holds the record for the earliest conclusion to the Championship, taking the title in 2002 at the French Grand Prix with six races remaining.
    • Williams secured the 1996 Constructors’ World Championship in Hungary with a one-two formation finish – Jacques Villeneuve leading Damon Hill over the line. Ferrari repeated both the one-two finish and securing the Championship in 2001, 2002 and 2004.
    • The 1992 Grand Prix was memorable for more than Mansell claiming the Drivers’ crown. It was the last F1 grand prix to feature pre-qualifying and also the final race for the Brabham. Damon Hill qualified 25th and finished 11th (last).
    • Hamilton made a small piece of history at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix by becoming the first driver to win a Grand Prix in a hybrid car. The McLaren MP4/24 powered by a KERS-equipped Mercedes FO 108W engine would win again in Singapore. Kimi Räikkönen, in Belgium, took a solitary victory for Ferrari’s KERS-equipped Ferrari F60. The rest of the season was dominated by the conventional Mercedes and Renault engines powering the Brawn BGP001 and Red Bull Racing RB5 respectively.
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    Last edited: Jul 27, 2014
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  2. airutonpurosuto8912


    Going for Hamilton
  3. Martin Bulgin

    Martin Bulgin
    Premium Member

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  4. Mid 90's everybody feared that all racetracks would become like the Hungaroring (and Estoril) and hated it.
    Now that the Hungaroring is the only one left of this type, I think, it deserves it's spot on the F1-calander as being a different kind of a challenge.

    And I'm going for Rosberg btw.
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  5. It will rain and Ricciardo will win.
  6. hmmm... Hamilton..
  7. Bottas...
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  8. Welcome to the most boring race in history. Unless it rains! Chances are 100% for sunday atm.
  9. Frederic Schornstein

    Frederic Schornstein
    TXL Racing Premium Member

    Maybe booring to watch, but what a great track to drive. I can really appreciate the skill required on this track.
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  10. Will there be the 24hrs spa coverage?
  11. Steve Bird

    Steve Bird
    Racing Since 1978 Premium Member

    That would be fantastic but I don't think Williams have a car yet that can keep up with the Mercs.
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  12. Martin Bulgin

    Martin Bulgin
    Premium Member

    Yes the Hungaroring is not the best track for the FW36, I'm hoping for some drop outs ahead :D Lump on Williams for the win at Monza
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  13. This is stupid, how can Hamilton have Webber luck, well done Rosberg you have another easy win again onto Spa
  14. We seriously need a spare car back. These situations are really spoiling the championship fight.
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  15. LOL @ Ferrari and Raikkonen :roflmao:
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  16. Well if that rain comes now in quali... you never know.
  17. Thanks to Hamilton we are going to see plenty of overtakes this time...
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  18. Bram

    Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Oh dear, now the :poop: really starts! Rosberg off.
  19. And rain. Or rather spit, but looks if it was enough if you ask Magnussen.
  20. Doesn't matter how good you are or how good the car is, this track is NOT easy to overtake on, he might get a few points but a podium unless it rains is looking doubtful
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