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Hungary 2023! Everything You Need To Know...

Updated: Jul 24

This week the Formula 1 circus descends upon the historic Hungaroring circuit for the eagerly anticipated Hungarian Grand Prix! As the midsummer sun blazes down on the tarmac, the world's finest drivers will push their finely-tuned machines to the limit, captivating fans with heart-stopping maneuvers and edge-of-the-seat drama.


Amidst the fervent atmosphere, the Hungarian GP stands tall as a revered institution on the Formula 1 calendar. Rich in history and drenched in tradition, this renowned event boasts a legacy spanning decades, making it a favorite amongst drivers and fans alike. Its storied past and the iconic track create the perfect stage for both seasoned veterans and ambitious newcomers to showcase their skills and battle fiercely for championship points.


If you want to read more about the individual drivers and teams, click here!

 

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About The Track

Free Practice Updates

Qualifying Updates

Pre-race Penalties

The Race

Any Other News

Championship Standings

 

About The Track:

  • The first Grand Prix to be held here was during the 1986 season, just 9 months after the construction began on the circuit.

  • The circuit has 1 DRS zone between Turns 13 and 14. Along with this, there is a speed trap along the first straight.

  • The race will have 70 laps of the 4.381km track.

  • The lap record was set by Lewis Hamilton in 2016 at 1:16.627.

  • Nelson Piquet, the three-time world champion, secured his 1st ever Formula 1 victory at the inaugural Hungarian Grand Prix in 1986, driving for Williams-Honda.

  • Hungary's unique history in Formula 1 has produced an array of iconic races and dramatic moments. From Nigel Mansell's breathtaking overtake on Ayrton Senna in 1989 to Thierry Boutsen's heroic charge to victory in 1990, the Hungarian Grand Prix has always provided captivating storylines.

  • The legendary Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most wins at the Hungaroring, with a staggering total of four victories (1994, 1998, 2001, and 2004).

 

Free Practice Updates:


Free Practice 1 -


Due to the wet weather conditions and multiple red flags, many drivers did not actually set any times for FP1.


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P6. 1:41.032. Completed 14 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P8. 1:41.364. Completed 9 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P12. 1:45.575. Completed 7 laps.

  • Daniel Ricciardo: No Time Set.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: No Time Set.

  • Pierre Gasly: No Time Set.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P5. 1:40.687. Completed 8 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P3. 1:40.013. Completed 10 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: No Time Set. Sainz spun into the barrier of causing the second red flag of the session.

  • Charles Leclerc: P7. 1:41.142. Completed 11 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P11. 1:42.906. Completed 14 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P10. 1:42.706. Completed 12 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P4. 1:40.277. Completed 13 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P2. 1:39.154. Completed 14 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: No Time Set.

  • George Russell: P1. 1:38.795. Completed 13 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: No Time Set.

  • Sergio Perez: No Time Set. Perez crashed out at Turn 5 early in FP1 causing a red flag.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P13. 1:47.403. Completed 10 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P9. 1:41.416. Completed 15 laps.


Overall Results of FP1:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

George Russell

Mercedes

2

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+0.359

3

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+1.218

4

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1.482

5

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+1.892

6

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+2.237

7

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+2.347

8

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+2.568

9

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+2.621

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+3.911

11

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+4.111

12

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+6.780

13

Alex Albon

Williams

+8.608


Free Practice 2 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P7. 1:18.085. Completed 29 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P9. 1:18.108. Completed 31 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P4. 1:17.934. Completed 31 laps.

  • Daniel Ricciardo: P14. 1:18.385. Completed 30 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P5. 1:18.045. Completed 30 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P3. 1:17.918. Completed 26 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P8. 1:18.105. Completed 32 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P12. 1:18.319. Completed 33 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P10. 1:18.182. Completed 20 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P1. 1:17.686. Completed 20 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P15. 1:18.504. Completed 27 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P6. 1:18.058. Completed 29 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P2. 1:17.701. Completed 30 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P19. 1:19.117. Completed 18 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P16. 1:18.746. Completed 28 laps.

  • George Russell: P20. 1:19.175. Completed 23 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P11. 1:18.279. Completed 18 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P18. 1:18.978. Completed 14 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P13. 1:18.377. Completed 32 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P17. 1:18.836. Completed 30 laps.


Overall Results of FP2:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

2

Lando Norris

McLaren

+0.015

3

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.232

4

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+0.248

5

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+0.359

6

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+0.372

7

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+0.399

8

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.419

9

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+0.422

10

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.496

11

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

+0.593

12

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+0.633

13

Alex Albon

Williams

+0.691

14

Daniel Ricciardo

AlphaTauri

+0.699

15

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+0.818

16

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+1.060

17

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+1.150

18

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+1.292

19

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+1.431

20

George Russell

Mercedes

+1.489


Free Practice 3 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P10. 1:18.489. Completed 24 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P12. 1:18.544. Completed 23 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P20. 1:19.156. Completed 29 laps.

  • Daniel Ricciardo: P18. 1:18.828. Completed 28 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P19. 1:18.979. Completed 22 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P16. 1:18.776. Completed 22 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P9. 1:18.350. Completed 20 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P11. 1:18.536. Completed 20 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P8. 1:18.234. Completed 29 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc:P7. 1:18.190. Completed 28 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P15. 1:18.649. Completed 26 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P4. 1:18.077. Completed 21 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P5. 1:18.082. Completed 19 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P14. 1:18.598. Completed 19 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P1. 1:17.811. Completed 20 laps.

  • George Russell: P6. 1:18.119. Completed 22 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P2. 1:18.061. Completed 23 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P3. 1:18.067. Completed 25 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P13. 1:18.544. Completed 23 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P17. 1:18.814. Completed 16 laps.


Overall Results of FP3:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

+0.250

3

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.256

4

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+0.266

5

Lando Norris

McLaren

+0.271

6

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.30

7

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+0.37

8

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.423

9

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.539

10

Valttri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+0.678

11

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+0.725

12

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+0.733

13

Alex Albon

Williams

+0.781

14

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+0.787

15

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+0.838

16

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.965

17

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+1.003

18

Daniel Ricciardo

AlphaTauri

+1.017

19

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+1.168

20

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.345


 

Qualifying Updates:


Eliminated in Q1 -

Logan Sargeant

Kevin Magnussen

George Russell

Yuki Tsunoda

Alex Albon


Eliminated in Q2 -

Pierre Gasly

Lance Stroll

Daniel Ricciardo

Esteban Ocon

Carlos Sainz


Through to Q3 -

Nico Hulkenberh

Sergio Perez

Fernando Alonso

Valtteri Bottas

Charles Leclerc

Zhou Guanyu

Oscar Piastri

Lando Norris

Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton


Overall Results of Qualifying:


*this does not take into account any penalties, final starting grid can be found under 'The Race' section*


The time listed shows the driver's fastest qualifying lap for their respective final qualifying sessions. Blue is for Q3, red is for Q2, and no background colour is Q1.

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:16.609

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:16.612

3

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:16.694

4

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

1:16.905

5

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1:16.971

6

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:16.992

7

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

1:17.034

8

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:17.035

9

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

1:17.045

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

1:17.186

11

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:17.703

12

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:17.841

13

Daniel Ricciardo

AlphaTauri

1:18.002

14

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:18.144

15

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

1:18.217

16

Alex Albon

Williams

1:18.917

17

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

1:18.919

18

George Russell

Mercedes

1:19.027

19

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1:19.206

20

Logan Sargeant

Williams

1:19.248

 

Pre-race Penalties:


 

The Race:


Starting Grid -

Position

Driver

Team

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

3

Lando Norris

McLaren

4

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

5

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

6

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

7

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

8

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

9

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

11

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

12

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

13

Daniel Ricciardo

AlphaTauri

14

Lance Stoll

Aston MArtin

15

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

16

Alex Albon

Williams

17

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

18

George Russell

Mercedes

19

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

20

Logan Sargeant

Mercedes

Race Updates -


Lap 1 - Hamilton drops to P4 after both McLarens make their way past him. Zhou and Tsunoda make contact leaving Zhou losing 11 places. Ocon and Gasly make contact as a result of the Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri and both drop to P19 and P20.

Lap 2 - Gasly pits and has extreme rear damage. Gaslit retires.

Lap 3 - Ocon pits and has to retire.

Lap 8 - Perez finally manages the overtake on Alonso to take P7. Zhou is given a 5 second penalty.

Lap 9 - Albon pits for hards and rejoins P18.

Lap 10 - Stroll, Tsunoda, and Bottas all pit for hards. Stroll rejoins P15, Bottas P16, and Tsunoda P18.

Lap 11 - Zhou pits for hards and rejoins P18.

Lap 14 - Sargent pits for hards but the pit stop 4.5 seconds so he rejoins P18.

Lap 16 - Sainz pits for hards and rejoins P11.

Lap 18 - Norris pits for hards and rejoins P5. Leclerc pits and the stop is 9.4 seconds as they had to get the spare wheel gun, he rejoins P11 and battles Bottas to keep the spot.

Lap 19 - Piastri pits for hards and emerges from the pits equal with Norris and ends up conceding the place to Norris to join P5. Ricciardo also pits for hards which sends him back down to P18.

Lap 21 - Alonso pits for hards and rejoins P11.

Lap 23 - Alonso completes the overtake on Bottas to take P10. Verstappen pits for hards and keeps his position of P1.

Lap 25 - Perez pits for mediums and rejoins P7 between the two Ferraris. Hamilton manages the overtake on Russell, but it is reported to Hamilton that he is losing speed on the straight lines and Turn 11 and 14.

Lap 29 - Russell pits for for mediums and went from P6 to P13.

Lap 32 - Albon pits for hards rejoins P17.

Lap 35 - Russell makes the move on Bottas to take P9.

Lap 43 - Perez pits to attempt an undercut on Mercedes. He pits for mediums and rejoins P7. Piastri pits for mediums and keeps his lead on Perez and rejoins P6 behind Leclerc.

Lap 44 - Leclerc pits for hards and rejoins P8. Alonso pits for mediums and rejoins P9.

Lap 45 - Norris pits for mediums and rejoins P3. Sainz pits for hards and rejoins P8.

Lap 48 - 5 second penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Pissarro is given the black and white flag however the incident that caused this does appear to be Perez pushing him off the track.

Lap 50 - Hamilton pits for mediums and rejoins P5.

Lap 51 - Verstappen pits mediums and keeps P1.

Lap 60 - Norris complains of the back of the pack obstructing and not moving when the blue flags are waved.

Lap 66 - Russell finally makes the overtake on Sainz.

Lap 69 - Sargeant pits after spinning and has to retire with one lap left.

Lap 70 - Verstappen takes the win, with Norris taking his first consecutive podium, and Perez takes P3. Leclerc does finish ahead of Russell but has to take P7 because of his penalty, promoting Russell to P6.


Race Results -

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

2

Lando Norris

McLaren

+33.731

3

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+37.603

4

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+39.134

5

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+62.572

6

George Russell

Mercedes

+65.825

7

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+70.317

8

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+71.036

9

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+75.709

10

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+1 Lap

11

Alex Albon

Williams

+1 Lap

12

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1 Lap

13

Daniel Ricciardo

AlphaTauri

+1 Lap

14

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1 Lap

15

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1 Lap

16

Zhou Gaunyu

Alfa Romeo

+1 Lap

17

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1 Lap

DNFs -

Esteban Ocon - Alpine

Pierre Gasly - Alpine

Logan Sargeant - Williams


Fastest Lap -


Driver of the Day -

 

Any Other News:

  • Daniel Ricciardo is set to replace Nyck De Vries at AlphaTauri from the Hungarian GP until the end of the season.

 

Championship Standings:


 


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