Pre Race: Hungarian Grand Prix

  • The circuit has seen four drivers claim their maiden win
  • 2014 race winner: Daniel Ricciardo
  • Five of the current active drivers have won the event
  • Most successful F1 Hungarian driver at the event: Zsolt Baumgartner
  • Most successful driver(s) at the event: Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton

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After three weeks off, Formula One returns to action in Hungary. The paddock will be in a subdued mood as it is the first race for the series since the passing of Jules Bianchi.

Last year’s winner at the Hungaroring was Daniel Ricciardo, his second win of last season. Although unlikely to be challenging again, the Grand Prix does have a reputation of throwing up some unusual results with many drivers and teams having a breakthrough result at the circuit. These include the likes of current McLaren pair, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button who both achieved their maiden wins at the circuit. It is also where Lewis Hamilton claimed his first win for Mercedes. Is there a possibility that Ferrari will claim their second win of 2015? Or could Williams secure the win?

The most successful Formula One Hungarian driver at the event is Zsolt Baumgartner who is also the country’s only driver to have competed in the series. He raced twice at his home race, once for Jordan in 2003 where he retired and in 2004 for Minardi where he finished fifteenth. You would have to go even further back to the very first Hungarian Grand Prix in 1936, before the creation of Formula One, to find a more successful Hungarian driver in their home event.

The most successful drivers at the event are Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton who have both won the race four times. Hamilton is one of five current active drivers to have won the event along with Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Although the current race was first run in 1986, as mentioned earlier, a Hungarian Grand Prix has been held prior to the creation of Formula One. In 1936 a race was held in Nepliget, a public park in Budapest. The race was won by Italian, Tazio Nuvolari, driving an Alfa Romeo. Hungarian, Laszlo Hartmann competed in the race and managed to finish seventh out of seven finishers.

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