One year after Esteban Ocon’s exceptional victory, after an incredible race marked by two accidents at the start, F1 returns to the Hungaroring, near Budapest, for the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Qualifying could take place in the rain, and the heat could be less than originally expected on race day. However, this winding course lined with gravel and grass could be a challenge for the pilots.
This will be the last race before the summer break, and the drivers and teams will then enjoy a well-deserved four weeks of calm. The factories will close for two weeks, before competition returns the last weekend of August, on the occasion of the Belgian Grand Prix.
— Turn 1 – The cars go from almost 300 km/h on the straight to less than 100 km/h at the first corner, where the enormous braking makes this the place on the circuit most conducive to overtaking.
— Turn 2 – The track being sloping towards the second turn, the pilots will have to remain attentive as they have a good chance of missing their braking.
— Turn 5 – The moderate deceleration of Turn 5 takes the single-seaters from around 240 to 150 km/h after the slight hook of Turn 4, a tricky series of curves negotiated at medium to high speeds.
— Turn 8 – Little room for braking and no room for error. The slightest fault at any time can greatly affect the lap times. The drivers need a well-balanced car and good ability to change direction in this section.
— Turn 13 – The second slowest corner on the circuit, 13 is a tight left negotiating around 100km/h before throwing the car into the final corner.
— Turn 14 – A good exit in third gear is crucial here as Turn 14 leads to the only straight of the track and then to the first corner, the best overtaking opportunity on the circuit.
Except in exceptional cases, Esteban Ocon will not be able to repeat his performance from last year at the Hungaroring. The fight for victory should once again be played out between Ferrari and Red Bull.
Max Verstappen has always shown a solid level of performance at the Hungaroring, where he narrowly missed victory in 2020 over Lewis Hamilton. But Ferrari is betting heavily on its new evolution to counter the RB18.
Indeed, the new floor brought by the Scuderia could help the Italian team this weekend, on a bumpy track. Charles Leclerc will be keen to forget his blunder in France and win.
Behind, Mercedes F1 should be a solid third force, and Lewis Hamilton will be delighted to return to a circuit on which he has won eight times to hope to continue his fine series of podiums.
Finally, Alpine will want to confirm the step forward taken against McLaren on a track that should not favor the MCL36, which is not very comfortable in slow corners. Haas will bring an evolution that she hopes will be effective in aiming for points, while Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri and Aston Martin will also compete for runners-up.
Hungarian Grand Prix timetable
Like the French Grand Prix last weekend, the Hungarian Grand Prix will offer classic times with qualifying on Saturday at 4 p.m. and the race at 3 p.m.
– Friday July 29
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Free Practice 1
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Free practice 2
– Saturday July 30
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Free practice 3
4:00-5:00 p.m.: Qualifying
– Sunday July 31
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Race
The winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix
|2014||Hungaroring||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||Renault|
|2010||Hungaroring||Mark Webber||Red Bull||Renault|