Length: 4.381km / 2.722mi
First Built: 1986
Lap Record: 1:19.071s (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2004, 2004)
Best-known for hosting the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix since opening its gates in the mid-1980s, the Hungaroring is an undulating, twisty and aerodynamically challenging circuit located near Budapest. Overtaking in dry conditions often proves a challenge, with the circuit earning the nickname ‘Monaco without the buildings’ to reflect this over the years.
In 2018, it will mark the halfway stage of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup season, and also starts a sequence of four consecutive events on FIA Grade I, Grand Prix-hosting circuits, with events at Monza, Spa-Francorchamps and Hockenheim to follow.
Technical Insight – Edwin van den Heuvel
“The Hungaroring doesn’t see as much racing action over the course of each season as some other venues, and as a result it can be quite dusty off line.
“There aren’t a lot of overtaking opportunities for drivers, but the best one is undoubtedly the heavy braking zone before the right-hander at Turn 1.
A good aerodynamic balance is crucial at this circuit, with the lap characterized by a series of fast, long and sweeping corners. Drivers need to be extra alert into the blind right-hander at Turn 4, and overall this is one of the more challenging circuits on the calendar.”