2013 Hungarian GP Preview

Updated: July 25, 2013

So we’re half way through a pretty exciting season and the Hungarian Grand Prix is upon us! I’m going to do a quick run down on some of the tracks historic moments.

Way back in the late 80’s there was already talk of a ‘Grand Prix of the Soviet Union’. For many people that probably meant Russia but as it happens Hungary was the chosen country. Construction started in late 1985 and the first race was held in ’86. The inaugural Hungarian GP was a Brazilian walk over, with Ayrton Senna taking pole in his JPS Lotus and Nelson Piquet winning and setting the fastest lap. 200,000 people turned up from all over eastern Europe, and so the stage was set for Hungarian Grand Prix to come.

The track has seen many moments occasions including a fair few firsts:

In 2003 Fernando Alonso won his first race, setting the record for youngest driver to win a race. He qualified on pole and went on to win in dominant fashion, setting a record that was only beaten in 2008 by a certain Toro Rosso driver. The race itself was a extra special occasion for Hungary, as local boy Zsolt Baumgartner became the first ever Hungarian driver, making his first F1 appearance at his home race. He wasn’t very good, and was only racing for Minardi but I’m sure he had the nation behind him!


2006 saw the moment all British F1 fans had been waiting for, Jenson Button got his first taste of winning an F1 race. Over the years he’d come close, and had a fair few podiums to his name but at last it all came together. After qualifying a relatively miserable 14th place he slowly scythed his way through the field until he was in second, behind world champion Fernando Alonso. Both drivers pitted and it looked as though Button was just going to have another podium to his name. But on lap 52 Alonso’s rear right wheel detached and spun off the track into turn 2. That was all the encouragement Jenson needed and he ate up the rest of the laps to finish first, finally standing on the top step after all those years. The win was also Honda’s first win since the 60’s and the race was also Pedro de la Rosa’s one and only F1 podium.


Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has not had a good time at this track historically. In 2008 he was dicing with Lewis Hamilton for the championship when Lewis suffered a puncture. Massa quickly pulled out a massive lead over 2nd placed Heikki Kovalinen when he suddenly had an engine failure with 3 laps to go. Heikki went on to take his first and only F1 win in his McLaren, with Timo Glock doing well to come in second in his Toyota. The 2009 race was a dark day for F1 though. During qualifying a spring flew off the back of Rubens Barrrichello’s Brawn and

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struck Felipe’s helmet, just above his left eye. He was doing around 160 mph at the time and was instantly knocked unconscious. His foot welded to the accelerator he went straight towards the barriers, and his Ferrari collided losing almost no speed over the gravel trap. He lay there unconscious, still accelerating, causing his Ferrari to continue to rev loudly. Luckily he made a full recovery but it is up for debate whether he still has his form.

So there was a quick run down of the Hungarian Grand Prix of the last few years. Hopefully Sunday’s race will be a good one, and it should keep us F1 fanatics satisfied over the summer break (though it probably wont)

Keep a lookout for my race report, and as they say in Hungry Viszlát!

F1 Article by Harry Wright

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