Hungaroring, Hungary

Hungaroring, Hungary

A very tight and traditionally dusty track, this circuit near Budapest is 4.9km in length and has been quite a regular fixture in recent F1 times. Often described as better looking and more interesting from a drivers perspective, via the letterbox window in the driver’s helmet, rather than via beamed TV coverage it is considered quite a challenge.

Providing something of a culture shock to both Hungarians and F1 teams alike, Budapests infrastructure and economy struggled significantly to support the race in the early years. In 1997, reigning world champion Damon Hill, driving an underpowered and under-developed Arrows somehow managed to monster his car into competitive form and challenged for the race win. The whole of Britain stopped to watch as each heart-in-mouth lap unfolded, then suddenly a technical problem struck and he had to ‘give way’ to Jaques Villenueve, settling for second.

http://www.hungaroring.hu/

By Phil Clark

A very tight and traditionally dusty track, this circuit near Budapest is 4.9km in length and has been quite a regular fixture in recent F1 times. Often described as better looking and more interesting from a drivers perspective, via the letterbox window in the driver’s helmet, rather than via beamed TV coverage it is considered quite a challenge.

Providing something of a culture shock to both Hungarians and F1 teams alike, Budapests infrastructure and economy struggled significantly to support the race in the early years. In 1997, reigning world champion Damon Hill, driving an underpowered and under-developed Arrows somehow managed to monster his car into competitive form and challenged for the race win. The whole of Britain stopped to watch as each heart-in-mouth lap unfolded, then suddenly a technical problem struck and he had to ‘give way’ to Jaques Villenueve, settling for second.

http://www.hungaroring.hu/

By Phil Clark

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