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Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

By Adam Tate, Associate Editor

The Hungarian Grand Prix was Formula One’s first race behind the Iron Curtain and has taken place every year since 1986 at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod. This year marks the 32nd consecutive running of the Grand Prix which makes it one of the longest running events on the F1 calendar. The tight, twisty track features lots of elevation changes that reward high downforce cars and drivers who give complete commitment. The hot temperatures Hungary experiences this time of year also come into play to make the race one of the most gruelling of the season.

In recent years the circuit has been a happy hunting ground for the high downforce Red Bulls, but last year saw Ferrari dominate. With the recent death of former FCA Chairman and Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne, a victory by the red cars on Sunday would prove even more popular than usual. While Mercedes and Red Bull will do everything they can to stop that, it would be hard to bet against Sebastian Vettel redeeming himself for Germany or even against Kimi Raikkonen bagging his long awaited 21st victory in front of the many Finish fans who make the trip to Hungary each year.

By the Numbers

What: The Hungarian Grand Prix

Where: The Hungaroring in Mogyorod, Hungary.

When: Sunday, July 29th 2018

TV: ESPN2 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Central Time. Qualifying is Saturday, July 28th at 8:00 AM on ESPN News

Track Length: 2.722 miles

Race Lap Record: 1:19.071 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2004, 2004 Hungarian Grand Prix

Lap Record: 1:16.276 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying

2017 Race Winner: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.