Hungarian Grand Prix – Preview

FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2017, Budapest (28th to 30th July 17’)

Hungary first hosted a Grand Prix in the 1930s, but following the Second World War and the building of the Iron Curtain it was not until the 1960s that motorsport began to find a place in the country.

The valley provided natural vantage points for spectators and in 1985 work began on the Hungaroring. The track opened in 1986 and it held its first Formula One event in August that year. It was a huge success and almost 200,000 fans showed up.

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Although tight and twisty, the circuit has been known to throw up some great races, the most memorable being Thierry Boutsen’s win in 1990, beating Ayrton Senna by 0.3 seconds, and of course the 1997 race where Damon Hill in the Arrows sensationally passed Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari only to be denied the win by mechanical failure on the very last lap. Let’s look what we have in store for this year. This post will be updated regularly till the final race.

Mazepin and Auer to test with Force India in Hungary


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The upcoming post-race F1 test in Budapest will see Force India give seat time to Russian Formula 3 driver Nikita Mazepin and Austrian DTM racer Lucas Auer. The youngsters will share driving duties in the VJM10 across the two-day session, with each scheduled to run for half a day on the Tuesday as well as the Wednesday. For Auer it will be his first experience of a Formula 1 car following his race-winning form for Mercedes in the DTM. For Mazepin, the test will be another chance to continue his development programme following a successful 2016 test with Force India at Silverstone and to drive the 2017 machine. Force India’s team principal Vijay Mallya added: “We are pleased to be running two talented youngsters at the Budapest test. We already know Nikita well and giving him time in the VJM10 is the next stage in his development programme with us.“I’m delighted to welcome Lucas to the team and will follow his progress closely. It’s always a special moment when a driver gets to experience an F1 car for the first time and I’m pleased Lucas can make his debut in one of our cars.”

Wehrlein: Sauber set for Budapest boost


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Pascal Wehrlein is hoping that a major update to Sauber’s car at the next round of the championship in Hungary will see a significant increase in performance from the Swiss team. he told “For Budapest we are set for a big upgrade. Almost all the car – or all the aero side – will be new, so that should give us a good performance boost. “If what the data shows really can materialize we could be on a good go. So the plan is do dive through the Silverstone weekend and look forward to Budapest!” Wehrlein, who has scored all of Sauber’s five points to date this season, also welcomed the imminent arrival of former Renault boss Frederic Vasseur, who becomes team principal on Monday.

Russell to test for Mercedes in Hungary


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GP3 racer and Mercedes junior George Russell will complete both of the team’s two in-season young driver days during the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test in August, the world champions have announced.

Leclerc to test for Ferrari after Hungarian GP



Ferrari will give runaway Formula 2 championship leader Charles Leclerc a first taste of its 2017 Formula 1 car in the post Hungarian Grand Prix test. Leclerc has dominated since stepping up to F2 as GP3 champion this year, taking pole position in every qualifying session, winning five races so far and establishing a 67-point advantage in the championship standings.

Tyre compound selections for Hungary:


Fri 28 Jul – Sun 30 Jul 2017 (Local time)

Practice 1           Fri           10:00 – 11:30


Practice 2           Fri           14:00 – 15:30


Practice 3           Sat           11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying         Sat           14:00 – 15:00
Race                    Sun         14:00 – 16:00