KartCMP1: Hungarian Grand Prix pre-race notes

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Lewis Hamilton chases win number 100 at the Hungarian Grand Prix on his quest to become the only driver to record nine victories at a single venue, as Red Bull seek justice after their zero points Silverstone weekend.

Here’s what’s happening heading into Round 11 in Budapest.

Race Information

2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring

  • Date: 30 July – 01 August 2021
  • Circuit Length: 4.381km
  • Race Distance: 306.630m
  • Number of laps: 70
  • Official Lap Record: 1:16.627 | Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 2020
  • Turns: 14 (6 left, 8 right)
  • DRS Zones: 2
  • Tyre Compounds: C2-Hard | C3-Medium | C4-Soft [Mid-Range]

Top Stories

  • Sunshine, showers and 32⁰C, it’s going to be a hot one in Hungary.
  • Max Verstappen to test power unit from Silverstone crash during Friday practice.
  • Robert Kubica in for Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo for FP1.
  • Red Bull lodge request for FIA to review Hamilton’s British GP penalty.
  • Alpine confirm full switch of development focus to 2022 car.
  • Hamilton pledges £20 million to new mission 44 foundation.
  • Hamilton tops Forbes list as highest-paid F1 driver.
  • Michael Masi ‘proud’ of inaugural Sprint race.
  • FIA warns teams of penalties for interfering with the stewards investigations.
  • Hamilton racially abused online after British GP win.

Top Quotes

  • Christian Horner [Red Bull] “I would like to make it clear. This was an on-track incident between two of the best drivers in the world. At the point in time when you have a driver in hospital and the extent of any injuries have not yet been made clear, your car has been written off and the stewards have penalized the driver seen to be responsible, it is natural that emotion comes into play, for all involved, whether you feel wronged or victorious.”
  • Toto Wolff [Mercedes] “It certainly will not be the last time they fight for position and hopefully they can do it in a sportsmanlike way. And, if not, we will see more collisions.”
  • Max Verstappen [Red Bull] “I don’t have much to say on all the media hype and to be honest I am not interested in getting involved in any of that. I know what happened at Silverstone as I was in the car and obviously I feel a certain way about how my race ended but now I’m just focusing on making sure we are the best we can be on track so we can stay ahead in the championship. The team can take care of the official side of things and anything that needs looking into after the crash but my job is the same as always – to be the best I can and try to win on Sunday.”
  • Martin Brundle [Sky Sports, Former Driver] “Perhaps certain in Max’s mind that Lewis would yield as he approached a 180mph corner at an acute angle on the dirty side of the track. I believe [Lewis] had also decided he had yielded too many times to Max’s aggression such as at Imola and Barcelona earlier in the year, and even the day before [in the sprint race]. He was 33 points behind in the championship and needed to make a stand. Max is super aggressive, and we love him for that, but Lewis decided he was going to counter that aggression. This incident was only a matter of time.”
  • Bernie Eccelstone [Former F1 CEO] “Who was to blame? You have to say Lewis.”

Memorable Hungarian Grand Prix Moments

  • Max Verstappen crashes on his way to the grid, Red Bull mechanics save the day | 2020
  • “That’s how it’s done ladies” Ricciardo in full flex | 2014
  • Schumacher squeezes Barrichello | 2010
  • Steel spring hits Massa on the helmet in disturbing incident | 2009
  • Extreme tensions, Alonso v. Hamilton | 2007
  • Alonso v. Schumacher in the wet | 2006
  • Jenson Button’s maiden win | 2006
  • Barrichello’s scary crash | 2003
  • Mansell v. Senna | 1989
  • Nelson Piquet turn 1 drift pass on Senna | 1986

Race Stewards

  • Dr Gerd Ennser | F1 Steward
  • Matteo Perini | FIA Steward
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi | Former F1 Driver
  • Lajos Herczeg | F1 Steward

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix Results

  1. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 1:36:12.473
  2. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing Honda | +8.702
  3. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +9.452
  4. Lance Stroll | Racing Point Mercedes | +57.579
  5. Alexander Albon | Red Bull Racing Honda | +78.316
  6. Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | +1 LAP
  7. Sergio Perez | Racing Point Mercedes | +1 LAP
  8. Daniel Ricciardo | Renault | +1 LAP
  9. Carlos Sainz | McLaren Renault | +1 LAP
  10. Kevin Magnussen | Haas Ferrari | +1 LAP
  11. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | +1 LAP
  12. Daniil Kvyat | AlphaTauri Honda | +1 LAP
  13. Lando Norris | McLaren Renault | +1 LAP
  14. Esteban Ocon | Renault | +1 LAP
  15. Kimi Raikkonen | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 LAP
  16. Romain Grosjean | Haas Ferrari | +1 LAP
  17. Antonio Giovinazzi | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 LAP
  18. George Russell | Williams Mercedes | +1 LAP
  19. Nicholas Latifi | Williams Mercedes | +5 LAP
  20. Pierre Gasly | AlphaTauri Honda | DNF

Hungarian Grand Prix Previous Five Winners

  • 2020 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2019 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2018 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2017 Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari
  • 2016 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes

Previously in F1: 2021 British Grand Prix

Top Five

  1. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 1:58:23.284
  2. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | +3.871
  3. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +11.125
  4. Lando Norris | McLaren Mercedes | +28.573
  5. Daniel Ricciardo | McLaren | +42.624

Best Driver

  • Max Verstappen

Best Team

  • Red Bull

“UH-OH”s

  • Red Bull
  • Pierre Gasly
  • Sergio Perez

“Way To Go”s

  • Charles Leclerc
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Lando Norris

2021 Drivers’ Championship Standings

  1. 185 | Max Verstappen
  2. 177 | Lewis Hamilton | -8
  3. 113 | Lando Norris | -72
  4. 108 | Valtteri Bottas | -77
  5. 104 | Sergio Perez | -81
  6. 80 | Charles Leclerc | -105
  7. 68 | Carlos Sainz | -117
  8. 50 | Daniel Riccairdo | -135
  9. 39 | Pierre Gasly | -146
  10. 30 | Sebastian Vettel | -155
  11. 26 | Fernando Alonso | -159
  12. 18 | Lance Stroll | -167
  13. 14 | Esteban Ocon | -171
  14. 10 | Yuki Tsnoda | -175
  15. 1 | Kimi Raikkonen | -184
  16. 1 | Antonio Giovinazzi | -184
  17. 0 | George Russell | -185
  18. 0 | Mick Schumacher | -185
  19. 0 | Nicholas Latifi  | -185
  20. 0 | Nikita Mazepin | -185

2021 Constructors’ Championship Standings

  1. 289 | Red Bull Honda
  2. 285 | Mercedes | -4
  3. 163 | McLaren Mercedes | -126
  4. 148 | Ferrari | -141
  5. 49 | AlphaTauri Honda | -240
  6. 48 | Aston Martin Mercedes | -241
  7.  40 | Alpine | -249
  8. 2  | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | -287
  9. 0  | Williams Mercedes | -289
  10. 0  | Haas Ferrari | -289