The Hungaroring has been a permanent fixture on the F1 calendar since 1986, and once again we're back for another round.
The first ever Hungarian Grand Prix took place in 1936, in a park in central Budapest.
McLaren has won the Hungarian Grand Prix 11 times, most recently in 2012.
|When||27 - 29 July 2018|
|Start time||15:10hrs local/14:10hrs BST|
|How many laps||70|
|Tyre choice||White Medium, yellow Soft, purple Ultrasoft (the third time this combo has been used in 2018).|
Hear from the team
Fernando, Stoffel, and Sporting Director Gil de Ferran look ahead to the final race before the summer break.
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Driver
“The Hungaroring is a great track and an enjoyable place to finish the first half of the season before the summer break. I expect a lot of fun there, as it’s always a nice event. I love the fans in Budapest because they’re very passionate about the race. They’re at the airport, the hotel, the circuit, even on the highway going to the track with their flags, so it’s always a nice weekend to experience and enjoy.
“The track itself is a good one. It’s a like a big go-kart circuit for Formula 1 so there’s no time to breathe – especially in the second sector where there are a lot of corners. It’s normally a good weekend, and I’m looking forward to being in Budapest and enjoying every minute there. It’s a really cool city.
“Last weekend in Germany we took a gamble with our tyre choice in the rain and it didn’t pay off, but racing is about taking risks and sometimes you can get a great result out of it, and sometimes you don’t. We’re already looking ahead to Hungary and although the weather is usually a little bit more predictable there, you never know and we’ll prepare ourselves to be ready for anything and see if we can bring home some points."
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Driver
“I really like driving at the Hungaroring. It’s a great track that’s fun to drive and the configuration is a lot of short, quick bursts of speed separated by slower corners and just one straight, so it’s got a mix of a lot of different elements. I know the track well and I’ve won there in GP2 so I’m looking forward to hopefully a more positive weekend than we’ve had recently.
“Although we didn’t get the result we hoped for in Germany, all things considered after such a dramatic race with the changing weather, almost retiring the car, getting back into the race and then making the right choices as the rain came down to finish P13, was actually quite a positive end to the weekend.
“I hope we can continue to make a step forward in Hungary, especially with the summer break just around the corner. I’ve really struggled with my car over the past couple of races and I know the team is working hard to understand why so we can start attacking the weekends again. The Hungarian Grand Prix is always a big challenge given the heat and the unforgiving nature of the track so the aim for us is to keep our heads down, keep pushing hard and hopefully we can make some progress.”
Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director
“After a challenging weekend in Germany, we look ahead to the final back-to-back grand prix before the summer break. The Hungarian Grand Prix is always a popular event with the fans as well as the team and drivers, and Budapest is a beautiful host city that we all enjoy visiting.
“The key characteristic of this track is that it’s relentless in nature. It’s a short track with a lot of corners which makes it feel very stop-start and requires precise positioning of the car in order to get the most out of the lap. It means achieving a good balance is very important, which is something we’ll be looking at very closely this weekend.
“To add to the technicalities of this circuit, the drivers deal with high temperatures in the cockpit, making it a particularly challenging test for both them and the engineers when setting up the cars. Our focus is on making steps forward race-by-race and improving our understanding of our package, as we strive to make improvements to our performance each weekend.”