Top 5 greatest Hungarian GP moments of all time
From vintage battles between Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton to early wins for rookie drivers, Formula 1 has presented nearly every possible scenario at the Hungarian Grand Prix over the years.
The Hungaroring will host one of the 22 stops on the 2022 F1 calendar for the 36th time in the sport’s history and has been a mainstay on the calendar ever since. 1986. Amazingly, the circuit had never even seen a wet race until 2006, but of course we’ll get to that later.
There have been races here over the years where fans have remained glued to their televisions, some of which just miss this list, such as Ross Brawn’s tactical masterclass in 1998 to ensure Schumacher got the upper hand on McLaren to climb to the top step of the podium, and Alonso’s first-ever victory for Renault in 2003.
While we understand this is subjective and not everyone will agree with our rankings, it will be an epic nostalgia trip for those who have followed Formula 1 longer than others.
Enough talking! Scroll down for the top five GiveMeSport Hungarian Grand Prix moments of all time:
5. Ayrton Senna’s fight with Alain Prost (again!)
We’re sure none of us would have ever been bored watching Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost go wheel-to-wheel on a racetrack. In 1988, both drivers had their elbows for McLaren as they battled for victory.
As the end of the race approached, the Frenchman appeared to have ripped the lead off his Brazilian teammate after smashing his way through some timed cars. But as they rounded the first corner, Prost picked up dirt on his worn tires and Senna snuck in sensational fashion.
As Prost waited for his tires to clear, it was too late. While he managed to keep up, Senna won the race by +0.529 of a second.
4. Damon Hill and his heartache with the arrows
Look away now UK fans!
It’s as close to victory as Arrows has come during his short spell in Formula 1, and it couldn’t have happened under more unfortunate circumstances.
With a car riddled with technical faults in the 1997 season, Damon Hill, the defending champion at the time, sensationally put his car in third place in the race and even took the lead from Schumacher in the Ferrari in 11th. turn, which took Murray Walker by surprise.
Hill had built up a good lead over his former teammate Jacques Villeneuve, who didn’t seem to have any hope of catching him until everything went wrong.
An electrical problem that connects the engine to the throttle meant he lost a significant amount of power with just three laps to go and lost eight seconds per lap to the French Canadian.
Then, on the final lap, Villeneuve descended into the grass to pass Hill and take the win, much to the chagrin of Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw and fans around the world. We were robbed of what would have been a fairy tale.
3. Nelson Piquet drifts around Ayrton Senna, literally!
We’ve seen some spectacular overtaking in Formula 1 over the years, and Nelson Piquet’s on Senna will be among the best, that’s for sure.
Fans didn’t have to wait long in what was the first race of the 1986 season, with both Brazilian drivers jamming the horns into their Lotus and williams cars.
Both men descended side by side into the pit with their right feet welded to the ground, Piquet had the outside line entering the first corner and locked his right rear tire which saw the rear of the car come out.
Thanks to a stunning ride, Piquet held on, counter-steering into the slide and the car went into a four-wheel-drive drift, around Senna, putting him in first place.
2. The Fernando Alonso controversy
It was then that the relationship between Alonso and Hamilton as teammates took a turn for the worse. During qualifying for the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix, the British rookie was ordered to let the Spaniard pass. But for some reason failed to execute this instruction from the McLaren pit wall.
Both drivers then pitted with two and a half minutes to go in Q3 for a new set of tyres, and Alonso was held in the box for 20 seconds so he could be released into the clear air on the track.
But when the pit crew lifted the lollipop, Alonso stood still and didn’t step on it, and didn’t for another 10 seconds with Hamilton waiting behind. This meant Brit was unable to complete a final flying lap and Alonso eventually snatched pole position.
However, the FIA were unimpressed with this stunt, stripping Alonso of his pole position and banning McLaren from scoring points. A moment that all concerned will want to forget very quickly!
1. Jenson Button wins, finally!
It was a long time coming, but Jenson Button finally recorded his first win for Honda in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix after starting 14th on the grid.
Although the circuit was soaked during the early stages, it didn’t phase the Englishman who worked his way through the peloton at an alarming rate.
Championship contenders Alonso and Schumacher have both been forced into retirement and with Kimi Raikkonen crashing, it paved the way for Button to claim his first Formula 1 victory and become world champion three years later for Brawn.
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