The Hungarian Grand Prix is held at the Hungaroring track at Mogyoród near Budapest. Its location deep in the heart of the European mainland means that good weather – actually, often scorching temperatures – are more or less guaranteed with only 2006 having rain. Last year Lewis Hamilton took 1st place driving for McLaren-Mercedes, after starting the race in pole position. Kimi Räikkönen for Lotus-Renault was second, a popular podium presence as many Finns attend the Hungarian Grand Prix as it is the most local for them. The Hungarian Grand Prix this year is to be held on Sunday 28 July, with the usual practice races on the preceding Friday and Saturday and will be an enjoyable weekend for all race enthusiasts as well as being easy to reach due to its proximity to Budapest and its excellent travel options including air and coach. If you do go by car and get the urge to try a bit of F1 driving yourself make sure you have the right insurance.
Season so far
The season so far belongs to Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull. With four wins this season, he is in an almost uncatchable position with the other drivers in the top six only racking up one win each. Vettel won in his native Germany in the most recent F1 event, with stiff competition from Kimi Räikkönen who couldn’t quite catch him in the end. Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber was involved in an incident in which he lost a tyre which knocked over a cameraman in the pitlane. Fernando Alonso or Kimi Räikkönen, in second and third positions respectively, could in theory knock Vettel from his first spot, but Lewis Hamilton in fourth and with no wins to his name as yet.
British drivers and teams
Currently, the highest ranked British driver is Lewis Hamilton, driving for Mercedes. People are sometimes confused by the fact that the nationality of the driver hardly ever matches that of the team and this year is no exception. The only British driver driving a British team car is Jenson Button, for Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes. The British Lotus F1 team consists of Finn Kimi Räikkönen and the Frenchman Romain Grosjean. Button’s teammate is the Mexican Sergio Pérez. The Williams F1 team is made up of the Finn Valterri Bottas and the Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado. Lotus is lying fourth at the moment, thanks mainly to Kimi Räikkönen.
When the first Grand Prix was held at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyoród it was something of a milestone as it was the first ever to be held behind the Iron Curtain. Politics have moved on since them of course but the Hungarian Grand Prix remains one of the most enjoyable in the calendar. The circuit is very narrow and twisty and so the race often turns into a ‘procession’ with no one able to pass. Of the drivers on the grid for the 2013 race, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are the only ones to have won here more than once; of the current top five drivers, only Vettel has never won at Hungaroring at all.