This weekend the F1 World Championship arrives in Hungary for its eleventh round and the final race before the summer break. The Hungarian Grand Prix has been a permanent fixture in the F1 calendar since its inaugural race in 1986. Even though a few changes have been made to the track since its introduction into the F1 calendar, the Hungaroring remains one of the trickiest tracks because of the limited amount of overtaking opportunities during a race and sequences of combination corners.
The Hungaroring is located few kilometres from the centre of Budapest in a town called Mogyoród. Since the track is rarely used, it’s usually very dirty for the first practice session on Friday. The track made comprises 14 corners, out of which 8 are right-handers, and 6 are left-handers. Due to the twisty nature of the track, cars usually run a high downforce set-up on this track.
After the trial of the inaugural sprint race in the British Grand Prix, F1 will return to the traditional format in Hungary which consist of three practice session before the standard Q1, Q2 and Q3 qualifying session on Saturday.
Heading into the weekend, Red Bull still leads Mercedes in the World Constructors Championship but with only a 4 point gap after scoring 3 points during the entire weekend. World Drivers’ championship leader Max Verstappen lead over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was reduced to only 9 points after Verstappen crashed into the wall at turn 9, after colliding with Hamilton.
Red Bull on 23rd July had requested a right to review the 10-sec penalty given to Hamilton during the race after gaining new evidence. But on 29th July, the FIA dismissed the right to review as it did not provide new evidence to suggest that Hamilton deserved to get a stricter penalty.
This weekend Red Bull will look to put all of the troubles from the last race behind them and hope to increase their lead over Mercedes in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship.
● Track Length: 4.381 km
● Turns: 14
● Laps: 70
● Race Distance: 306.630
● Lap record average speed: 205 km/h
● First Grand Prix: 1986
● Race Lap Record: Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 2020 | 1:16:627
● Outright Lap Record: Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 2020 | 1:13:447
● Most Successful Driver: Lewis Hamilton | 8 Wins
Hungarian Grand Prix 2021 schedule
Friday, July 30
Free Practice One: 3:00 PM IST (11:30 AM local time)
Free Practice Two: 6:30 PM IST (3:00 PM local time)
Saturday, July 31
Free Practice Three: 3:30 PM IST (12:00 PM local time)
Qualifying: 6:30 PM IST (3:30 PM local time)
Sunday, August 1
Race: 6:30 PM IST (3:00 PM local time)