- 23 Jul 2015 11:52 AM
Hungary first hosted a Grand Prix in the 1930s, but following the Second World War and the building of the Iron Curtain it was not until the 1960s that motorsport began to find a place in the country. At the start of the 1980s there was a general wish for a Grand Prix to be held behind the Iron Curtain and negotiations took place with the Soviet Union with a view to a race being held in Moscow.
In the summer of 1983 however, the attention of the Formula One decision makers turned away from Moscow and towards Budapest in Hungary, whose national sporting authority was keen to put the country back on the map of global motorsport.
At first a street race through Budapest was suggested, but in the end the decision was taken to build a brand new circuit in a valley 19 kilometres outside Budapest.
The valley provided natural vantage points for spectators and in 1985 work began on the Hungaroring. The track opened in 1986 and it held its first Formula One event in August that year. It was a huge success and almost 200,000 fans showed up.
Although tight and twisty, the circuit has been known to throw up some great races, the most memorable being Thierry Boutsen's win in 1990, beating Ayrton Senna by 0.3 seconds, and of course the 1997 race where Damon Hill in the Arrows sensationally passed Michael Schumacher's Ferrari only to be denied the win by mechanical failure on the very last lap.
Thursday 23rd July
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 15:00
Promoter Activity Pit Lane Walk - 3 Day Ticket Holders Only 16:00 - 19:00
Friday 24th July
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 08:45 - 09:45
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
GP2 Series Practice Session 12:00 - 12:45
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:50 - 13:45
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30
GP2 Series Qualifying Session 15:55 - 16:25
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 - 17:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice Session 16:45 - 17:30
GP3 Series Practice Session 17:50 - 18:35
Saturday 25th July
Formula One Team Pit Stop Practice 08:30 - 09:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 08:30 - 09:35
GP3 Series Qualifying Session 09:45 - 10:15
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying Session 12:25 - 12:55
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:00 - 13:45
Formula One Qualifying 14:00 - 15:00
GP2 Series First Race (37 Laps or 60 Mins) 15:40 - 16:45
GP3 Series First Race (22 Laps or 40 Mins) 17:20 - 18:05
Sunday 26th July
GP3 Series Second Race (17 Laps or 30 Mins) 09:25 - 10:00
GP2 Series Second Race (28 Laps or 45 Mins) 10:35 - 11:25
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 11:45 - 12:20
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:25 - 13:15
Formula One Drivers Track Parade 12:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 12:45 - 13:15
Formula One National Anthem 13:46
Formula One Race 14:00