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Race information - Hungary 2017 // Prep for the final race before the summer break

Published by Christine Blachford

After a fascinating few race weekends, we're into the final Grand Prix before the summer break. Hungary has a chequered history, providing both dull racing on occasion and fantastic weekends on others, you never quite know what is going to happen. This season so far has been like that too, but for the most part has delivered intriguing if not always classic races. Hopefully we'll have another good one to send us into the enforced summer shutdown in style.

Event schedule

Lewis Hamilton won the last race in Britain, bringing the championship battle down to just a single point. Sebastian Vettel isn't panicking just yet, though, despite seeing his title lead slashed over recent race weekends. The German driver believes the balance of power might shift back towards Ferrari in Hungary, as the track isn't so fast and flowing as Silverstone, so that Mercedes can't dominate quite as much as they did.

Vettel needs to keep an advantage over Hamilton going into the summer break, as if the momentum keeps on shifting towards Mercedes, it seems unlikely Ferrari have the developing power to bring it back. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas appears to have got his feet under the table at his new team now, so will want to keep in touching distance of the others and see if he can't make this a three horse race.

Elsewhere, Renault have said they hope to get two cars into the points this weekend, which seems like an optimistic target - particularly as one of them contains Jolyon Palmer. Poor Palmer has had quite the run of bad luck recently, and is under even more pressure now that Kubica is getting a full test after the Hungarian race is complete.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
28 JulFridayFree Practice 109:00
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10:00
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Free Practice 213:00
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14:00
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29 JulSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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11:00
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Qualifying13:00
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14:00
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30 JulSundayGrand Prix13:00
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14:00
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Support racing for this event includes FIA Formula 2, GP3 Series, and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Expected conditions

The Hungaroring traditionally presents hot conditions, making a change from the cooler and changeable climate at Silverstone. This weekend, things look set to gradually get warmer and warmer, with the best conditions on Saturday but the hottest day on Sunday. Humidity is medium high, and there's not expected to be too much in the way of wind.

Mostly sunny

Mogyoród, Friday

27℃

  • Low 14℃
  • Humidity 56%

Mostly sunny

Clear and sunny

Mogyoród, Saturday

28℃

  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 48%

Clear and sunny

Partly cloudy but hot

Mogyoród, Sunday

32℃

  • Low 19℃
  • Humidity 45%

Partly cloudy but hot

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitHungaroring
LocationMogyoród
CountryHungary
TimezoneGMT +01:00
Race debut1986
Laps70
Length4.381 km
Distance306.630 km
Line offset0.040 km

The Hungaroring is the slowest of the purpose-built racing facilities to grace this year’s calendar – the corners are tight and there’s little in the way of super fast straights, meaning it’s a real challenge on drivers. The temperatures put strain on the cars but the focus and concentration required makes it a battle for the human element too.

This is the 32nd Hungarian Grand Prix, and every single event has been held at the Hungaroring circuit. This year, the track changes are mainly for safety purposes, with increased tyre barriers and a brand new debris fence at turn one. There are also new double kerbs at a couple of corners, just waiting to catch drivers out.

Lewis Hamilton has taken five victories around this track, so feels very comfortable as the driver with the most Hungarian wins. It can be a good race for surprise results, though, with four maiden winners. Fernando Alonso, Damon Hill, Heikki Kovalainena and of course, Jenson Button, all took their first F1 victories at this track.

Results for the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:21.347
Free Practice 2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:20.435
Free Practice 3Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:20.261
QualifyingNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:19.965
Grand PrixLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:40:30.115
Fastest lapKimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:23.086

Tyre compounds

This weekend's chosen compounds fall firmly in the middle of the range, with the medium, soft and supersofts on offer. This selection has been used four times already this year, and is the same options that were open to drivers in Hungary last season. The track has its own unique challenges, being a permanent racing venue with some of the characteristics of a street track, and, of course, that hot weather.

Pirelli's racing boss, Mario Isola, says the track "was resurfaced in time for last year's race and it will be interesting to see the effect of this change one year on... Hungary is traditionally a race where strategy makes the difference, so the data collection process on Friday and Saturday should be even more important than usual."

Selected tyre sets per driver
Medium tyreSoft tyreSupersoft tyre
Lewis Hamilton139
Valtteri Bottas139
Daniel Ricciardo139
Max Verstappen1210
Sebastian Vettel139
Kimi Räikkönen139
Sergio Pérez1210
Esteban Ocon1210
Felipe Massa1210
Lance Stroll1210
Fernando Alonso1210
Stoffel Vandoorne1210
Carlos Sainz139
Daniil Kvyat139
Romain Grosjean148
Kevin Magnussen148
Nico Hülkenberg1210
Jolyon Palmer1210
Pascal Wehrlein139
Marcus Ericsson139

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
DayAttendeeRepresenting
ThursdayFernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda
Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team
Nico HülkenbergRenault Sport F1 Team
Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team
Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team
Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda
Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing
Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari
FridayMattia BinottoScuderia Ferrari
Nick ChesterRenault Sport F1 Team
Mario IsolaPirelli Tyre S.p.A
Paddy LoweWilliams Martini Racing
Paul MonaghanRed Bull Racing
Frederic VasseurSauber 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
NamePosition
Garry ConnellyDeputy President of the FIA Institute, Director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety, F1 and WTCC Steward, and FIA World Motorsport Council Member.
Tim MayerFIA alternate delegate to the USA and FIA Steward, son of former McLaren Team Principal Teddy Mayer, plus involvement in management of IndyCar and CART.
Derek WarwickFormer Formula One driver and World Sportscar champion.

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