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25th year of Formula One in Hungary

The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix car race takes place for the 25th year at the Hungaroring race track in Mogyorod, east of Budapest this week-end. In 1986, it was the first F-1 race behind the Iron Curtain.

 

With a total track length of 4.381 km, the Hungaroring is the second shortest F-1 circuit after Monaco. With 14 corners and only a few straights, the track is also incredibly twisty. In addition, the track is rather narrow and has a very low-grip, dusty surface which makes it notoriously difficult and challenging for the drivers. It also makes passing incredibly difficult.

25 years ago, the Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One event in the Communist bloc and it seems the race will be able to celebrate its 30th anniversary, as well. In line with a contract signed in 2009, Formula One races will be held at the Hungaroring at least until 2016.

Last year, the three-day event attracted 190,000 visitors (far from the record 255, 000) and the race was won by Australian Mark Webber of the Red Bull Racing team.

The qualifying round on Saturday and the Hungarian Grand Prix race on Sunday both start at 14.00 hours.

 

Sándor Laczkó

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