For the first time in 2020, we’re saying Auf Wiedersehen to Austria and heading to our second track of the season, the Hungaroring.
To the surprise of few, Mercedes dominated the double header at the Red Bull Ring. Valtteri Bottas cruised to victory in the chaotic season opener, while Lewis Hamilton did the same in the more tame follow-up.
Things are much tighter behind them. Red Bull have the second fastest car, but a double DNF in the first race means that they currently trail McLaren. Lando Norris is leading the charge for the British team, putting in stunning late charges to finish P3 and P5.
Racing Point and Renault are also looking strong and could have easily enjoyed McLaren’s early success themselves in different circumstances.
As for Ferrari, things couldn’t be much worse. Not only do they have poor pace, failing to have both cars make Q3 at both races, but they also had a double DNF last time out after Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel came together in the opening lap. Therefore, they’re currently P4 in the standings, behind Racing Point.
Here is all you need to know about the weekend ahead in the Hungarian capital…
When is the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix?
The start times for the Hungarian Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday July 17, 1100 local time (1000 BST)
Practice 2: Friday July 17, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Practice 3: Saturday July 18, 1200 local time (1100 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday July 18, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Race: Sunday July 19, 1510 local time (1410 BST)
Where does the Hungarian Grand Prix take place?
The circuit is a modern complex, but overtaking is difficult and this often turns the races into a procession, earning the race a reputation of being known as ‘Monaco without the barriers’.
This is a tight and twisty circuit but drivers can certainly let their hair down when flying uphill to Turn 4, where they are met with a blind exit at the tough left-hander.
Sunday’s race will be run over 70 laps of the 4.381km circuit.
Where can I watch the Hungarian Grand Prix on TV?
Hungarian Grand Prix weekend – including qualifying and the race proper – will be screened live in the UK by pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV. Full coverage will also be aired by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data around each session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend along with all the latest news from the track.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports and Foxtel 4k (no ad breaks)
France: Canal + (pay TV) and TF1 (free-to-air)
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: RTL and Sky Deutschland
Spain: Movistar F1
What is the weather forecast for the Hungarian Grand Prix?
Friday July 17: 21C, light rain.
Saturday July 18: 23C, light rain.
Sunday July 19: 25C, mostly sunny.
Which drivers have won the Hungarian Grand Prix?
Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton has an excellent record at the Hungaroring, racking up a whopping seven victories. Last season’s was one of his more dramatic triumphs as he hunted down and passed Max Verstappen with three laps to go.
From a constructor’s perspective, McLaren leads the way in the all-time standings with 11 race victories, while Ferrari and Williams both have seven to date.
The last 10 winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix are as follows:
2019: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2018: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2017: Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Ferrari)
2016: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2015: Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Ferrari)
2014: Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, Red Bull)
2013: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2012: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, McLaren)
2011: Jenson Button (Great Britain, McLaren)
2010: Mark Webber (Australia, Red Bull)
Track Lap Record: 1:19.071 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari, 2004)
Hungarian Grand Prix grid positions
Lewis Hamilton secured a record-equalling seventh Hungarian Grand Prix pole position on Saturday and is joined on the front row by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Another Mercedes-powered team in the form of Racing Point occupy the second row with Lance Stroll ahead of Sergio Perez.
Here is the starting grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.447
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.107s
3 Lance Stroll Racing Point 0.930s
4 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1.098s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.327s
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.370s
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.402s
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1.519s
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.580s
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri no time
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:15.661
12 George Russell Williams 1:15.698
13 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:15.715
14 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:15.742
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:16.544
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:16.152
17 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:16.204
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:16.407
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:16.506
20 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:16.614
What are the odds for the Hungarian Grand Prix?
Given his display at the last race, and his record at the track, there’s little surprise that Hamilton is the heavy favourite to make it eight wins there.
1/3 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
10/3 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
20/1 Sergio Perez (Racing Point)
20/1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
25/1 Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
(Prices correct at 1100 BST on Sunday July 19)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix are as follows:
Valtteri Bottas – 43 points
Lewis Hamilton – 37 points
Lando Norris – 26 points
Charles Leclerc – 18 points
Sergio Perez – 16 points
Max Verstappen – 15 points
Mercedes – 80 points
McLaren – 39 points
Red Bull – 27 points
Tyre choices for the Hungarian Grand Prix
F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring the white hard C2 tyre to the Hungarian Grand Prix along with the yellow medium C3 and the red soft C4.
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) July 13, 2020