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The Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungarian: Magyar Nagydíj) is a motor race held annually in Mogyoród, Hungary. Since 1986, the race has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Hungarian Grand Prix
Race information
Number of times held35
First held1936
Most wins (drivers)United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (7)
Most wins (constructors)United Kingdom McLaren (11)
Circuit length4.381 km (2.722 mi)
Race length306.630 km (190.531 mi)
Last race (2019)
Pole position
Fastest lap



The first Hungarian Grand Prix was held on 21 June 1936 over a 3.1-mile (5.0 km) track laid out in Népliget,[1] a park in Budapest. The Mercedes-Benz, Auto Union, and the Alfa Romeo-equipped Ferrari teams all sent three cars and the event drew a very large crowd. However, politics and the ensuing war meant the end of Grand Prix motor racing in the country for fifty years.


A major coup by Bernie Ecclestone, the 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One race to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Held at the twisty Hungaroring in Mogyoród near Budapest, the race has been a mainstay of the racing calendar ever since. It was the only current Grand Prix venue that had never seen a wet race up until the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. The first Grand Prix saw 200,000 people[1] spectating, although tickets were expensive at the time. Today, the support is still very enthusiastic, particularly from Finns.[2]

Due to the nature of the track, narrow, twisty and often dusty because of under-use, the Hungarian Grand Prix is associated with processional races, with sometimes many cars following one another, unable to pass. Thierry Boutsen demonstrated this in 1990, keeping his slower Williams car in front of championship leader Ayrton Senna, unable to find a way by. Pit strategy is often crucial; in 1998, Michael Schumacher's Ferrari team changed his strategy mid-race before Schumacher built up a winning margin after all the stops had been made. Passing is a rarity here, although the 1989 race saw a bullish performance from Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari, who started from 12th on the grid and passed car after car, finally taking the lead when Ayrton Senna was baulked by a slower runner. The circuit was modified slightly in 2003 in an attempt to allow more passing.

Other notable occasions in Budapest include first Grand Prix wins for Damon Hill (in 1993), Fernando Alonso (in 2003, the first Grand Prix winner from Spain, and the youngest ever Grand Prix winner at the time), Jenson Button (in an incident-packed race in 2006), and Heikki Kovalainen (in 2008, who also became the 100th winner of a World Championship race). In 1997, Damon Hill came close to winning in the technically inferior Arrows-Yamaha, but his car lost drive on the last lap causing him to coast in second place. In 2014, Lewis Hamilton finished in third, six seconds behind winner Daniel Ricciardo, despite starting the race from the pit lane.

In 2001, Michael Schumacher equalled Alain Prost's then record 51 Grand Prix wins at the Hungaroring, in the drive which also secured his fourth Drivers' Championship which also matched Prost's career tally.[3]

The 2006 Grand Prix was the first to be held here in wet conditions. Button took his first victory from 14th place on the grid.[4]

At the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, it was confirmed that Hungary would continue to host a Formula 1 race until 2021.[5] The track was completely resurfaced for the first time in early 2016, and it was announced the Grand Prix's deal was extended for a further 5 years, until 2026.[6]


  • 1988–1989: Pop 84 Magyar Nagydíj
  • 1992–2005: Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2008–2009: ING Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2010–2012: Eni Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2014–2015, 2017: Pirelli Magyar Nagydíj
  • 2018–present: Rolex Magyar Nagydíj[7]

Winners of the Hungarian Grand PrixEdit

Repeat winners (drivers)Edit

Drivers in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.

Wins Driver Years won
7   Lewis Hamilton 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019
4   Michael Schumacher 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004
3   Ayrton Senna 1988, 1991, 1992
2   Nelson Piquet 1986, 1987
  Damon Hill 1993, 1995
  Jacques Villeneuve 1996, 1997
  Mika Häkkinen 1999, 2000
  Jenson Button 2006, 2011
  Sebastian Vettel 2015, 2017

Repeat winners (constructors)Edit

Teams in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.

Wins Constructor Years won
11   McLaren 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
7   Williams 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
  Ferrari 1989, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2015, 2017
4   Mercedes 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019
2   Red Bull 2010, 2014

Repeat winners (engine manufacturers)Edit

Manufacturers in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.

Wins Manufacturer Years won
12   Mercedes * 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019
8   Renault 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2010, 2014
7   Ferrari 1989, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2015, 2017
6   Honda 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2006

* Between 1999 and 2005 built by Ilmor

Year by yearEdit

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2019   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Hungaroring Report
2018   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
2017   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Report
2016   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
2015   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Report
2014   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault Report
2013   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
2012   Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Report
2011   Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes Report
2010   Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Report
2009   Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Report
2008   Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes Report
2007   Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Report
2006   Jenson Button Honda Report
2005   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Report
2004   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2003   Fernando Alonso Renault Report
2002   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Report
2001   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2000   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
1999   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
1998   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
1997   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1996   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1995   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1994   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Report
1993   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1992   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
1991   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
1990   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault Report
1989   Nigel Mansell Ferrari Report
1988   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
1987   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Report
1986   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Report

Not held
1936   Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Népliget Report


  1. ^ a b Brad Spurgeon (26 September 2003). "Formula One: a way of fine-tuning an image". International Herald Tribune. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Formula one races draw in fewer fans in Europe". American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Hungarian GP 2001 – Triple success for Ferrari". Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Hungarian Grand Prix 2006 Review". F1 Fanatic. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Hungarian Grand Prix deal extended until 2021". GP Today. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Aszfaltavató a Hungaroringen" (in Hungarian). Hungaroring. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016. A Magyar Nagydíj szerződését újabb öt évvel meghosszabbítottuk, ami azt jelenti, hogy a futamunknak 2026-ig helye van a Formula–1-es versenynaptárban." Translates as "We have extended the Hungarian Grand Prix's contract for a further 5 years, which means that our race has a place on the F1 calendar until 2026.
  7. ^ "Formula 1 Rolex Magyar Nagydíj 2018". Formula One World Championship Ltd. Retrieved 22 July 2018.

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