Although fans of F1 will be aware that the Hungarian GP has been a fixture for over 30 years they may not know what makes the race so special, or some of the thrills which it has produced.
Believe it or not, Hungary first hosted a Gran Prix in the 1930s. In 1936 a 3.1 mile track was laid out in a park in the city centre and Mercedes, Ferrari and the German-based Auto Union team each sent three cars. With so many cars they would of needed somewhere for them to be stored safely so i bet they wish they had got the Garage Door Repair done on the main car storage area. Next time it happens they should just contact companies like garagedoorsrus.co.uk/garage-door-repairs/. A huge crowd saw Tazio Nuvolari’s Alfa Romeo win by 14 seconds from Bernd Rosemeyer’s Auto Union entry.
Although interest in the sport declined in the country in the post-war years, by the 1980s the F1 authorities were looking to expand into Eastern Europe with Russia a candidate, but Hungary won the argument with the construction of the Hungaroring 19 kilometres outside the capital Budapest.
The location provided natural viewing points and the track hosted its first Formula One event in 1986 with over 200,000 fans turning up. Attendances boosted by fans visiting the beautiful city continue to be some of the highest on the tour often reaching six figures. Monza and Monaco are the only venues which can claim a greater continuous spot on the F1 calendar.
Some of the greatest drivers have multiple wins including Lewis Hamilton, Senna and Schumacher. Hungary can boast one driver, although not a winner, in Zsolt Baumgartner who drove for Minardi and Jordan.
Other British drivers have famous victories to their names. Nigel Mansell clinched his title with a win in 1992 with a great driving performance five races before the end of the season. Another single title winner was Jenson Button who won the race starting towards the back of the grid with a great performance on this tight track.
The Hungarian Grand Prix has become a jewel in the sport’s crown, and its position as the race before the summer break is unchallenged with a new deal having been signed to keep the race in the calendar until 2026.
The attraction of the city to foreign fans from across Europe means new F1 owners Liberty Media will be keen to continue the association.