Hungarian Grand Prix

How Hungarian Grand Prix 2022 Could Make Us Surprise

A Formula 1 race in Budapest is rushing to continue the battle for the championship before the summer break. There will be 70 laps in the Hungarian Grand Prix 2022 on Sunday, July 31. Even though at the 4.381-kilometer Hungaroring circuit is hard to overtake, the race could still surprise us due to its features and statistical data.

Hungarian Grand Prix facts you probably missed

MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ is the original name of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The occasion story.

The first Hungarian Grand Prix was held in 1986. It is possible, however, that the event would never have begun if not for an accident and the ability to find new opportunities. Bernie Ecclestone was looking for new venues in the early 1980s when he was currently the director of Formula 1.

At that moment, he was focused on the deal with the Soviet Union’s government to hold the race through the streets of Moscow’s city. But there was no simple answer. Ecclestone’s Hungarian friend suggested turning attention to Budapest. Here, the authorities welcomed Formula 1 with open arms. 

Robert Kubica and a record number of spectators in Budapest.

There are only 18 km between Budapest and Hungaroring. The short distance allows every F1 fan to see the coveted event. However, there are many race fans here. Last record was set before the pandemic in 2019. Almost 230,000 spectators attended over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

Moreover, Polish F1 driver Robert Kubica played a key role in such popularity. Partly, there were spectators from Poland who loved their national star and were endlessly proud of him.  

Enormous 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

So, the previous year’s race in Budapest, perhaps is one of the most discussed race, after Saudi Arabia GP, in the Formula 1 season and marked with two unimaginable points.

Sebastian Vettel’s “bitter” taste.

The Aston Martin driver was elated when he rushed to the pole from a tenth position at the start. Sebastian Vettel was delighted with his second place at the  2021 Hungarian Grand Prix. But, after a while, he was disqualified for fuel irregularities. Aston Martin initially appealed the disqualification, but later withdrew the appeal. The German F1 driver later described his feelings as “bitter”. 

Esteban Ocon’s first victory and the epic battle between Alonso and Hamilton.

Alpine team made us wonder with their two drivers. Of course, that was Fernando Alonso, who, like a lion, defended his teammate from a furious Lewis Hamilton attack. However, Esteban Ocon claimed his maiden career victory here at the Hungarian Grand Prix. That was the first win for the team since the 2013. Fernando Alonso sacrificed his points to help Alpine to secure the win. Since the Spaniard has made people talk about him and his talent. 

It is another story in Hungaroring’s pocket, which means the Grand Prix could be a surprise for Formula 1 fans in 2022. 

What surprises could be?

Hungarian Grand Prix and weather forecast.

Without a doubt, the weather will bring a few surprises. First of all, there will be wind with gusts of up to 18 mph blowing from the north. Aerodynamics will be an issue. Therefore, there will be no further problems on sunny Friday, but the shift in wind direction will cause headaches for the drivers. 

On Saturday, the situation will change. The temperatures on qualifying sessions are likely to drop to around 25 degrees celsius and rainfall predictions grow to  80 percent. The stronger wind will add the challenging to racing battle for the position at the start.   

It will be a comfortable day for Sunday’s race. Temperatures will remain  26 Celsius. There will be just a 14 percent chance of rain at the start of the Grand Prix. Although strong winds may still be an issue.

The strategy and rhythm balance.

Hungaroring is the third shortest racing circuit on the F1 calendar 2022. Same time is the second slowest after Monaco. The racing circuit in Budapest is always compared to a karting track due to the lack of straights. The tight layout of the circuit makes overtaking difficult. That is why fans do not wait for so much for Hungarian Grand Prix. Although, there will be two decisive features to win the race in Budapest.

First, it is about teams’ strategy. The advantage will get that team, which planned well the tires compound changing and calculate enough with the pits.

At the same time, all drivers have to work best with the car settings. The key to having a pace here is a well-sorted chassis, which provide the good speed during the entire track.
To find the good rhythm to setting fast lap times is the main task for each driver.

The Red Bull team is the most skilled when it comes to strategy and chassis settings. Therefore, we can expect that both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will get the advantage at Hungaroring. Using this opportunity, they will finish one-two. 

At the same time, Red Bull cars still have the issue of reliability. As a result, finding the balance and maintaining it till the chequered flag will be challenging. It’s important to say, Sergio Perez didn’t get the support  after he lost his third position to George Russell’s Mercedes. In Hungary, he needs to focus more than Max Verstappen, who already leads the drivers’ championship by 62 points over Charles Leclerc.

Charles Leclerc’s attempt to fight back against Max Verstappen.

It has been said that no matter how hard Charles Leclerc races against Max Verstappen; he has already lost the championship title. Max Verstappen only needs to finish second in every race to become a two-time Formula 1 world champion. Do not rush. 

Ferrari’s cars still have the power and the speed to beat Red Bull. Maybe there is a white spot in their strategy, but Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are both capable of overtaking Red Bull at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2022.

Furthermore, there is another reason why Charles Leclerc is fighting back. Following his disaster at Paul Ricard, whether it was technical or human error, Monaco heads to the Hungaroring on his greatest run.  The French Grand Prix 2022 is over. Charles Leclerc is fully isolated and spending time with his thoughts, as he discussed after the event. 

“Now or never” is what Ferrari’s talented driver is thinking. Leclerc is a master of standing by his words, very calm and straightforward in his approach. This is perhaps the most impressive of his personal characteristics, along with Max Verstappen. 

Charles Leclerc has proven many times that he can drive, whether there is no power or he has any technical problems, or even if the team’s strategy is flawed. Hungarian Grand Prix 2022 won’t be an exception. Leclerc has all the chances of winning if there are no technical problems and the strategy works. One thing is for sure, Ferrari drivers are already pretending for the pole setter what they had been doing in the most effective way before. 

Mercedes drivers are dark horses at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Last, but not least, Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix eight times! In addition, it was he who set the fastest time at Hungaroring in the 2020 season – 1:16.627. 

Maybe you wonder why Lewis Hamilton didn’t win the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2021? The key is in the strategy. When all the drivers turned into the pits to change tyres, Hamilton made a bet to stay. The Mercedes driver restarted the race alone, but the Hungaroring grid had already dried.  

This will be a great opportunity for him to fight back and claim his ninth victory. Yet, they can’t brag about the Mercedes speed. However, while Ferrari and Red Bull drivers continue to find out who is faster, and making mistakes along the way, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are both getting closer to the top.  This was evident in George Russell’s win over Sergio Perez at Paul Ricard. 

The Mercedes F1 team continues to fix errors and is already in the top three. You do not have to wonder if we will see Lewis Hamilton or George Russell in the race for the first place. Besides, Mercedes cars are more competitive in terms of reliability. 

What are the betting odds for Hungarian Grand Prix 2022?

So, according to the odds, we have two rational leaders. Max Verstappen tops the pre-qualifying odds board at +100 with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc close behind at +150. While Lewis Hamilton comes fourth on the odds board at +1,200, after Carlos Sainz with +750. 

Hungarian Grand Prix 2022 schedule

As in the previous France Grand Prix, there will be many supporting races. Therefore, FIA Formula 2, Formula 3 and W Series races were scheduled for the weekend.  

FRIDAY 29th JULY
FIA Formula 3Practice Session09:30 – 10:15
FIA Formula 2Practice Session10:40 – 11:25
W SeriesPractice Session11:50 – 12:20
FIAF1 Car Presentation12:30 – 13:30
FORMULA 1FIRST PRACTICE SESSION14:00 – 15:00
FIA Formula 3Qualifying Session15:30 – 16:00
FIA Formula 3Press Conference16:30 – 17:00
FORMULA 1SECOND PRACTICE SESSION17:00 – 18:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session18:30 – 19:00
W SeriesQualifying Session19:25 – 19:55
FIA Formula 2Press Conference19:30 – 20:00
SATURDAY 30th JULY
FORMULA 1Team Pit Stop Practice10:05 – 10:30
Formula 1Teams Press Conference10:05 – 11:05
FIA Formula 3Sprint Race (19 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)11:00 – 11:45
FIA Formula 3Press Conference12:05 – 12:35
FORMULA 1THIRD PRACTICE SESSION13:00 – 14:00
W SeriesRace (30 Mins +1 Lap)14:40 – 15:15
FORMULA 1QUALIFYING SESSION16:00 – 17:00
Formula 1Press Conference17:00 – 18:00
FIA Formula 2Sprint Race (28 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)18:00 – 18:50
SUNDAY 31st JULY
FIA Formula 3Feature Race (24 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)10:05 – 10:55
FIA Formula 2Feature Race (37 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)11:35 – 12:40
FIA Formula 2Press Conference13:00 – 13:30
Formula 1Drivers’ Parade13:00 – 13:30
Formula 1National Anthem14:44 – 14:46
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (70 LAPS OR 120 MINS)15:00 – 17:00
Note: Timetable is a subject to change, Budapest is 2 hours ahead of UTC.

Sums Up.

A racing circuit with a long history, the Hungaroring was founded in the 1980s. The most In 2021, Budapest featured two unexpected storylines: Esteban Ocon’s first career victory and Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification.

The Hungarian Grand Prix 2022 will also surprise us, despite the track’s unsuitable layout for overtaking. Thus, strategy and car setting come first. On Saturday, the rain and wind with gusts and shifting directions could create a challenge. Apart from this, the struggles in Red Bull, Scuderia Ferrari, and Mercedes make the Hungaroring Grand Prix 2022 even more likely.