Need To Know: 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix

The last round before F1’s annual summer break sees the sport head to Hungaroring. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend on August 2-4, 2019!

There’s always an end of term feeling at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the event marking the last race before the sport’s summer shutdown. 2019 marks F1’s 34th visit to the Hungaroring track. A mainstay on the calendar since 1986, the event was the first race to be held behind the Iron Curtain. Times have changed and facilities have progressed and improved greatly since the sport’s first visit to the track.

With the Hungaroring located close to Budapest, the event gives the opportunity for a summertime trip to one of Europe’s most picturesque, not to mention affordable, cities. We recommend purchasing a Budapest Card to get the most out of your trip to the city. Budapest is packed with architectural and cultural delights. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your Hungarian Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to the Hungaroring for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

The grandstands at the Hungaroring give some of the best views of the track at any circuit on the calendar, though only the Super Gold grandstand on the main straight offers protection from the hot sun. The Hungarian Grand Prix was the seventh-best attended race of the year in 2018. Weekend attendance at the race has increased by over 30,000 in the last three years. Perhaps the biggest draw to the event is the cheap ticket prices. In 2019, Hungary offers the cheapest 3-day Grandstand tickets of any event on the calendar, as well as the fourth-cheapest 3-day General Admission tickets. Attendance is expected to be boosted this year by Robert Kubica’s presence on the grid, with plenty of Polish fans expected to travel to the event.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Hungarian Grand Prix!

As with most European Grands Prix, racing fans will also get to see Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup action over the weekend. Although there is little in the way of off-track entertainment, there is still likely to be the popular Fan Forum, held at the Fanzone on Saturday evening. If you’re there for the full weekend, be sure to take advantage of the pit-lane walk on Thursday. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

What to look forward to at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix

The Hungarian Grand Prix has always been a popular event, with cheap tickets, great grandstand views and its central European location. Many fans will come to soak up the summer sun – be prepared for hot weather at the circuit and a long walk if you’re taking public transport – services terminate quite a long distance from the track. But be prepared for rain, too – last season, rain hit during the qualifying session, leading to an action-packed Saturday.

While the track isn’t renowned for producing many overtaking opportunities, the event has provided some good races in recent years, with Daniel Ricciardo’s victory in 2014 and Sebastian Vettel’s 2015 win being particular highlights. Every driver will be keen to end the first half of their season well in order to head happily into the summer break.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

The Budapest Festival of Folk Arts, which celebrates local art and culture, will be in full swing when F1 is in the area. Meanwhile, if you’re staying in Budapest after the race weekend, the popular Sziget Festival begins on August 7.

If you’re not in Budapest for this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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