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Race information - Hungary 2016 - Preview the action-packed weekend in Budapest

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In the midst of this bumper section of the 2016 calendar, it feels odd to have had a two-week gap to play with ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, the sport is back this weekend and all the drivers are ready to get stuck in to make the most of the two races they have left before the summer break. It's all to play for at the top of the table, and there's some great scraps happening in the middle of the field as well. How will it all play out in Hungary?

Event schedule

Hamilton has the momentum on his side going into the race this weekend, but he's wary of taking engine penalties soon. Rosberg is hoping to avoid a gearbox change on his side of the garage, so both Mercedes cars are feeling the pinch reliability wise. Nico was handed a penalty at Silverstone for too much information being given out over the radio, and the FIA have clamped down on that by suggesting drivers will have to pit if they are told how to fix their cars.

Last race we also saw a lot of issues with track limits, with lap times being deleted during qualifying where the white lines had been exceeded by all four tyres. Once again, the FIA are looking at how to tighten up this loophole as well, as they continue to try and block a driver's natural instincts.

Elsewhere, Sauber have finally found an investor which means they have a financially secure future for now. It's too early for that to manifest itself out on track, but at least the team might be able to have a few smiling faces around going forward.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
22 JulFridayFree Practice 109:00
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Free Practice 213:00
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23 JulSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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24 JulSundayGrand Prix13:00
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Support racing for this event includes GP2 Series, GP3 Series and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Expected conditions

The weather looks set to provide more consternation for drivers over the course of the weekend, although things should clear up for the race on Sunday. There's rain forecast for Friday practice but whilst the clouds will remain, it should be dry for when the lights go out. We're still in areas that have changeable conditions, however, so anything could happen.

Scattered thunderstorms

Mogyoród, Friday


  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 57%

Scattered thunderstorms

Partly cloudy

Mogyoród, Saturday


  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 57%

Partly cloudy

Pleasant with clouds and sun

Mogyoród, Sunday


  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 50%

Pleasant with clouds and sun

Circuit history

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

The Hungaroring has always hosted the Grand Prix for Hungary, and this year sees the 31st running of the evening. The track has seen some resurfacing, particularly around the pit lane area. The pit entry has also been tweaked to stretch out the axis a little, whilst there's some kerbing rework completed as well.

Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers around the circuit, winning four times and equalling the record with Michael Schumacher. However, McLaren are the most successful team with 11 victories overall. There have been some notable first time winners across the past few years, including Jenson Button's victory for Honda in 2006, Heikki Kovalainen in 2008 and Fernando Alonso way back in 2003.

Pole position can be useful for the race as it's not one known for huge overtaking opportunities, however there is often an incident or two that can spice up the action, and Button's victory was the one from furthest back on the grid (14th place).

Results for the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:25.141
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:23.949
Free Practice 3Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:22.997
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:22.020
Grand PrixSebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:46:09.985
Fastest lapDaniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:24.821

Tyre compounds

Hungary, as you might anticipate, has a middle of the road attitude towards tyre compounds, with the medium, soft and super softs on offer this weekend. Drivers have opted for a minimum amount of white striped medium compounds, instead concentrating their selections on the super soft red-walled tyres.

Both Ferrari drivers have opted for nine of the red compounds, whilst Hülkenberg, Pérez and Gutiérrez are the only three drivers to have brought more than one set of mediums to the event.

Selected tyre sets per driver
Hard tyreMedium tyreSoft tyre
Lewis Hamilton148
Nico Rosberg148
Sebastian Vettel139
Kimi Räikkönen139
Valtteri Bottas157
Felipe Massa157
Daniel Ricciardo157
Max Verstappen157
Nico Hülkenberg247
Sergio Pérez247
Kevin Magnussen157
Jolyon Palmer157
Daniil Kvyat157
Carlos Sainz157
Marcus Ericsson148
Felipe Nasr148
Fernando Alonso157
Jenson Button157
Pascal Wehrlein157
Rio Haryanto157
Romain Grosjean148
Esteban Gutiérrez157

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
ThursdayMarcus EricssonSauber F1 Team
Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing
Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team
Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso
Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing
FridayJock ClearScuderia Ferrari
Monisha KaltenbornSauber F1 Team
James KeyScuderia Toro Rosso
Guenther SteinerHaas F1 Team
Pat SymondsWilliams Martini Racing
Rémi TaffinRenault Sport F1 Team
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
Gerd EnnserMember of the DSMB's Executive Committee for Automobile Sport, and a Formula One and DTM steward.
Alan Jones1980 Formula One World Champion, former Australian Touring Car and V8 Supercars racer, as well as Australian F1 commentator.
Baham LekhalCross Country Rally and Enduro Champion and WTCC Steward.

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