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Hungarian Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2017

Circuit information
TimezoneGMT +02:00
Race debut1986
Length4.381 km
Distance306.630 km
Line offset0.040 km

Event overview

As the final race before the summer break, the pressure is always hanging over the Hungarian Grand Prix to deliver something spectacular to tide fans over the month-long wait for another race. Unfortunately, the track rarely manages to achieve such a feat, and even with the recent introductions of unpredictable tyres and drag reduction systems, overtaking is still something that only happens occasionally.

The new technologies have proved a step in the right direction, and the racing has been less processional of late, but the Hungaroring still tends to be memorable for incidents rather than racing. The track suffers at a very basic level, because, whilst not strictly a street circuit, it has the same problems that come from racing around predefined roads. Twisting and narrow, with few opportunities for natural overtaking, combined with the heat and dense conditions, the track is more of a reliability and endurance event than a fast and furious Grand Prix.

The lap starts with a sprint to the first corner, a tight right hairpin that bunches up the field at the start of the race, and is heavy on braking through the rest of the afternoon. Heading downhill, the sweeping corners begin, taking drivers through some smaller straights until they get to the twisting third sector. The bumpy track makes life difficult for drivers, as they navigate they arc round the final few corners and return to the start/finish straight.

The track doesn’t see much use outside of an F1 race weekend, so grip levels are low when the practice sessions begin. Support racing and as much running as possible through the Friday and Saturday morning always help to clear up the track and by the time qualifying begins, drivers have usually stopped complaining about the slippery surface.

It’s surprising that the Hungarian race remains on the calendar, considering how many other tracks would like a space on the ever-expanding list of F1 hosts. However, organisers have signed a multi-year contract with Formula One to host a race until 2022, and so no matter how exciting the season is, the Hungaroring will still be there to bring things to an abrupt halt before the summer break kicks in.

Learn more about Hungary with the Pocket F1 Handbook.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
28 JulFridayFree Practice 109:00
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Free Practice 213:00
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29 JulSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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30 JulSundayGrand Prix13:00
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Weekend results in detail
Free Practice 1 results
Free Practice 2 results
Free Practice 3 results
Qualifying results
Starting grid
Race results
Fastest laps
Driver standings
Constructor standings

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