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Facts and stats: Your guide to the Hungarian Grand Prix

As the countdown to the Hungarian Grand Prix continues, dive into the history of the Hungaroring and discover the key facts and figures behind the race.

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First held in 1986, the Hungarian Grand Prix was initially intended to be staged around a street circuit in Budapest.

When planning complications put the brakes on that plan, the final location chosen would be a site 19km outside of the capital city, in Mogyoród.

The Hungaroring took just eight months to build, ensuring that the inaugural Hungarian Grand Prix could be held at the new venue in 1986, where it has remained ever since.

Just three years later, it would host one of its most memorable races.

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During the 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix, Ferrari's Nigel Mansell was lapping two seconds fast than the field, helping him climb the order from 12th into victory contention.

A gripping battle between Mansell and Ayrton Senna ensued, with the Brazilian leading, and the Brit hot on his tail.

In the final stages of the race, Senna hesitated while lapping the traffic, with Mansell opportunistically diving to the inside to take the lead, eventually winning by 25 seconds.

Hungaroring in numbers
4
Lewis Hamilton's record number of wins here
17.5
Hungarian Grands Prix have been held
22
Percentage of a lap spent at full-throttle
100
Average speed (km/h) of a lap

Hungary has held many iconic races since, including the 2007 Grand Prix, which featured an intense intra-team battle between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

After Hamilton defied team orders to let Alonso pass in qualifying, the Spaniard blocked the Brit in the pitlane, denying his team-mate the chance to set a flying lap.

Alonso's actions resulted in the reigning champion being stripped of his pole position and relegated to sixth on the grid, with Hamilton starting from pole.

A year earlier, Jenson Button won the first ever wet Hungarian Grand Prix in 2006. It was his first victory in Formula One, underlining his wet-weather mastery as he overtook cars in quick succession.

Hungaroring in numbers
1
Track modifications in circuit's F1 history
1.5
Wet Hungarian Grands Prix
4.5
Repeat Hungarian Grand Prix winners
70K
Fan capacity

It also proved to be Honda's last victory in the championship until Max Verstappen took the flag at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix.

The Hungarian Grand Prix was considered a home away from home for Robert Kubica and his legion of fans during his two stints in Formula One.

As the nearest Grand Prix to Poland, as many as 25,000 passionate Polish fans would come to the race every year to cheer on their hero.

But it's not just tales of the past that make the Hungaroring a venue of interest. This is an event worth watching year in, year out.

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