Did you know that Hungary first hosted a Grand Prix in the 1930’s? It was because of the Communist takeover after the Second World War that motorsport had to take a back seat for a few decades.
In the 80’s, negotiations started to organize a Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain – the obvious first choice was Moscow, but later all eyes turned on Budapest, where local officials were really excited about putting Hungary back on the map.
To host such a high profile event, a brand new circuit was built from scratch 20 kilometers to the east from the capital. Work on the Hungaroring began in 1985 and was finished in 1986, when the first Formula One event was held in August, hosting almost 200 thousand guests.
Hungarian F1 Grand Prix 2018
Fast forward to this summer: the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix in 2018 takes place July 29 (Sunday). Before talking about the logistics, let me quote Kimi Raikkonen about Budapest, who said: “It’s a very beautiful city, with lots to do – lots of clubs and outdoor bars”. If you want to combine watching the Formula 1 and a few fun nights out, you can check out our selection of Budapest Attractions top 25 list in 2018 and the best Budapest food guide.
It’s good to know that general admission is one of the least expensive on the Formula 1 calendar, and Budapest itself is known as a top tourist destination as it is affordable but amazingly rich in culture, sports and nightlife. Kimi Raikkonen also said he also has to watch what he eats while he’s in Budapest, as the food is so amazing!
How to get there, and how to try it for yourself
To get to Hungaroring track, the easiest way is to rent a car for the weekend – you can do it at the airport or in the city. Cabs are also a good option. Within the city, you can also rely on publics transport including 4 subway lines, buses, trams and more. As for useful tips, August tends to be very hot in Hungary, so take a lot of sunscreen and keep hydrated. There is also a water park near the track, so if ever you feel like sliding into a nice pool for a change, go for it!
Do you want to try a lap of the Hungaroring and experience it first-hand? Luckily the circuit holds a number of track days throughout the year for cars and motorbikes. Good luck beating 1:19.071 (the track record by Michael Schumacher from 2004)! For the actual Formula One race, you can get your tickets online at the Formula 1 website.
And a last bit of history: famously in 1990, Thierry Boutsen beat Ayrton Senna on the Hungaroring by 0.3 seconds. Do you want to see such a tight race this year again?
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