The 2019 F1 season makes a quick turnaround with a renewed buzz and excitement for this weekend’s 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Excellent races in Austria and at Silverstone were followed by the weekend mayhem in the rain at Hockenheim, leaving fans thirsting for more. And they don’t have long to wait as the Hungaroring beckons this weekend.
World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton and his all-conquering Mercedes team will be desperate to put a disastrous Sunday in Germany behind them while Sebastian Vettel will look to build on that excellent second for Ferrari at Hockenheim despite starting from the back of the grid.
Here is all you need to know about the weekend ahead in the Hungarian capital…
When is the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix?
The start times for the Hungarian Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday August 2, 1100 local time (1000 BST)
Practice 2: Friday August 2, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Practice 3: Saturday August 3, 1200 local time (1100 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday August 3, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Race: Sunday July 14, 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.
Directions: How can I get to the Hungarian Grand Prix?
The Hungaroring is close to Budapest and its International Ferihegy Airport and the track is easy to reach. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has a natural amphitheatre setting. You can reach the circuit from Budapest by driving north-east on the E71/M3 towards Miskok.
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 August 2: 21C, partly cloudy.
Saturday August 3: 25C, partly cloudy.
Sunday August 4: 25C, mostly sunny.
Which drivers have won the Hungarian Grand Prix?
Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton has made the Hungaroring a happy hunting ground, racking up a record six victories at the circuit so far. German great Michael Schumacher meanwhile notched four victories for Ferrari between 1998 and 2004. The late great Ayrton Senna meanwhile won three times in Hungary.
From a constructor’s perspective McLaren lead 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:
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)
2009: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, McLaren)
Track Lap Record: 1:19.071 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari, 2004)
Hungarian Grand Prix grid positions
Max Verstappen scorched to the first pole position of his F1 career with a stunning performance in qualifying at the Hungaroring on Saturday. In the process he became the 100th pole sitter in F1 history. Full grid positions for the Hungarian Grand Prix are as follows:
1 Max Verstappen (Netherlands, Red Bull)
2 Valtteri Bottas (Finland, Mercedes)
3 Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
4 Charles Leclerc (Monaco, Ferrari)
5 Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Ferrari)
6 Pierre Gasly (France, Red Bull)
7 Lando Norris (Great Britain, McLaren)
8 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain, McLaren)
9 Romain Grosjean (France, Haas)
10 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Alfa Romeo)
11 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany, Renault)
12 Alex Albon (Thailand, Toro Rosso)
13 Daniil Kvyat (Russia, Toro Rosso)
14 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark, Haas)
15 George Russell (Great Britain, Williams)
16 Sergio Perez (Mexico, Racing Point)
17 Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy, Alfa Romeo)*
18 Lance Stroll (Canada, Racing Point)
19 Robert Kubica (Poland, Williams)
20 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, Renault)**
* Antonio Giovinazzi penalised three places for blocking
** Daniel Ricciardo moves to back of grid due to engine penalties
What are the odds for the Hungarian Grand Prix?
Max Verstappen leapt to the head of the betting market for the Hungarian Grand Prix with that blistering display in qualifying. Leading odds for Sunday’s race at the Hungaroring from Bet365 are as follows:
8/11 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
9/4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
9/2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
16/1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
16/1 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
100/1 Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
(Prices correct at 1530 BST on Saturday August 3)
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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:
Lewis Hamilton – 225 points
Valtteri Bottas – 184 points
Max Verstappen – 162 points
Sebastian Vettel – 141 points
Charles Leclerc – 120 points
Mercedes – 409 points
Ferrari – 261 points
Red Bull – 217 points
Tyre choices for the Hungarian Grand Prix
F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring the white hard C2 tyre to the British Grand Prix along with the yellow medium C3 and the red soft C4. Their compound set ranges from C1 (the hardest) to C5 (the softest).
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) July 23, 2019
What is F1’s rule on bonus points?
F1 made the decision to award a bonus point in every race of the 2019 season if certain criteria are met.
The bonus point will be awarded to the driver who completes the fastest lap in the race, as long as that driver also finishes in the top 10. The driver’s team will also score a bonus point in the constructors’ standings in that case.
This means there are up to 21 extra points available for the 2019 championship.