Hungarian GP Race Ready Facts

Hungarian Grand Prix 2017

Laps: 70 laps
Start time: 14:00hrs local / 13:00hrs BST / 14:00hrs CET

Grid advantage

Pole position is on the left side of the track, on the racing line. Given the dust and dirt off-line, this usually provides a significant advantage on the long run to Turn One.


There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and Two.

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Don't put the kettle on...

The top 10 finishers made two pitstops in 2016, although not everyone followed the same compound strategy. Kimi Raikkonen, who’d qualified 14th, started on the Soft tyre and then completed two stints on the Supersoft rubber; everyone else did the opposite – one stint on Supersofts and two on Softs. With overtaking so difficult, and this year’s tyre compounds that much more durable, will teams try for one pitstop, on about lap 30?

Pitlane length/Pitstops

360m/0.224 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 19s, which is short.

Safety car

10 per cent, which is very low. The low-speed nature of the track means accidents are usually low-speed, with little resultant debris.

Watch out for...

Turn Four, the most demanding corner on the lap. It’s taken in sixth gear at 225km/h/140mph and has a blind, uphill entry. Commitment from the driver and a strong front axle are pre-requisites to keeping your boot on the throttle.

What makes this race interesting...

The heat, which is demanding for both the drivers and the cars. The lack of meaningful straights around the lap means the drivers get no respite behind the wheel and the dry heat experienced during summer in Hungary makes it more difficult to cool the cars than in, say, Malaysia, where humidity aids cooling.