“Slow”, “technical”, “difficult to overtake” – the Hungaroring track has earned an unfair reputation for being among the most boring on the calendar. Featuring 14 turns in less than 4.5 kilometres, races tend to be slower and more “processional” than most other F1s – much like the Circuit de Monaco. And just like its prestigious Western European counterpart, qualifying tends to take on extra importance. Weather also comes into play; traditionally held in the blazing heat of Hungarian summer, the track takes a toll on tyres, making pit strategy more important here than at almost every other F1. The difficulty in passing, the importance of qualifying and pit strategy, and the demands of the heat on both driver and machine make the Hungaroring among the most difficult and technical grand prix tracks. As a result several drivers – including former world champions Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Fernando Alonso – list the track as one of their favourites.
Follow us in the afternoon for the latest updates and results from the Hungaroring track as the qualifying session ahead of the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix is about to get underway in Mogyorod, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull Racing for a front row start.