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Need To Know: 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

The last round before F1’s annual summer break sees the sport head to the Hungaroring. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend on July 30 – August 1, 2021!

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. 2021 marks F1’s 36th 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.

Coronavirus protocols

The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix is one of the first races open to a large audience since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. To enter the circuit, you will need a Covid immunity wristband and a valid ticket. It’s important to note that you will need to collect your wristband before attending the circuit. You can collect the wristband from pick up locations in downtown Budapest (Akvárium Klub) or Auchan Áruház Fót.

Furthermore, vaccinated attendees from the EU in possession of the EU Digital COVID Certificate can attend the event without any additional conditions, while non-vaccinated fans (or vaccinated fans without an EU Digital COVID Certificate) need to present a negative PCR test (issued less than 72 hours previously) for entry to the circuit. Further information can be found here.

Great vantage points

The grandstands at the Hungaroring give some of the best views of the track at any circuit on the calendar, though only the covered Super Gold grandstand on the main straight offers protection from the hot sun.

While the Hungarian Grand Prix was held behind closed doors in 2020, it was the eighth-best attended race of the year in 2019. Weekend attendance at the race has increased in recent years. It reached a record high of 230,000 in 2019 – partly thanks to Robert Kubica’s presence on the grid, with many Polish fans making the trip to Budapest. 

Perhaps the biggest draw to the event is the cheap ticket prices. In 2019, Hungary offered the cheapest 3-day Grandstand tickets of any event on the calendar, as well as the fourth-cheapest 3-day General Admission tickets of any race. Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Hungarian Grand Prix.

A full support schedule

As with most European Grands Prix, racing fans will also get to see plenty of racing aside from Formula 1 on track at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Formula 3, W Series and Porsche Supercup are all on the timetable this weekend. While the Formula 3 drivers will contest three races over the weekend, the W Series race is held after F1 qualifying on Saturday afternoon, and the Porsche Supercup race is on Sunday morning.

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. Unfortunately, the pit-lane walk will not take place in 2021. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

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!

2 thoughts on “Need To Know: 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix”

  1. I bought tickets for General Admission and they’re numbered – x/60. What does that total number mean?

    1. Not sure, must be some kind of internal numbering system. But you don’t get a seat with General admission, so it doesn’t refer to this.

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