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Budapest

Find out more about the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring, including race information and a destination guide for a visit to Budapest

Hungarian Grand Prix Guide
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Key figures

Date: 27-29 July 2018
Number of laps: 70
Circuit length: 4.381 km
Race distance: 306.663 km
Lap record: 1:19.071
Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004

The Hungaroring’s reputation has grown in recent years despite little change to the track as it has delivered better racing. A tight and twisty circuit set in a natural bowl, it is often likened to a go-kart track as it features a number of mid-speed corners. The best overtaking opportunity as at the end of the pit straight into Turn 1, while the odd spectacular move has also been seen into the high-speed Turn 4 which features a blind apex as it crests a hill. Following a long right-hander, a slow chicane then leads into a flowing series of left-right-left-right corners in the middle sector before three more relatively low-speed corners complete the lap.

DESTINATION GUIDE

If you’re heading to the Hungarian Grand Prix, then Budapest is the place to base yourself. One of Europe’s most energetic cities, it offers plenty of sights as well as a huge number of bars and restaurants.

Budapest is known for its spas, with a number all over the city. The biggest is the Szechenyi Medicinal Bath, located near Heroes’ Square (Hosok Tere), which can be visited for relaxing times in one of the many pools, or for one of the infamous spa parties.

Sightseers should head to Heroes’ Square, while the Parliament Building on the Pest side of the Danube is also worth a look. On Andrassy Utca is the impressive Opera house, which is within walking distance of St Stephen’s Basilica and Liberty Square (Szabadsag ter).

On the Buda side - the west of the city - is Buda Castle (Budavari Palota) which offers stunning views from its hilltop location. The castle is accessible either on foot or via the Budapest Siklo, a funicular which will save your legs a little. The Pest side also has Gellert Hill to climb, where there are more spectacular views from the Citadel and Liberty Statue on top.

After a day at the circuit, Budapest offers plenty in the way of nightlife. The most popular areas are Districts VI and VII, to the west of Erzebet Krt. Tight streets are full of bars and restaurants, with the lively street of Kiraly Utca providing a huge amount of options. In this area are also the famed ruin bars - so-called because they are located within old derelict buildings - with Szimpla Kert, Ankert and and Instant the most popular with visitors. Outdoor food courts such as Karavan (by Szimpla Kert) and Most (by Instant) are also found near these bars.

For a more high-end dining experience, head to the promenade along the Danube on the Pest side, while there are similar options in the are just south of Liberty Square.

HOW TO GET THERE

Liszt Ferenc International Airport offers frequent flights and a relatively easy link to the city, with taxis, buses (the 200E) and a train all running to the centre. However, to use the train you’ll need to take the 200E bus (or 900 bus at night) to Ferihegy train station, which runs to Nyugati railway station in around 30 minutes. The 200E continues from the train station to Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal on metro line M3, providing further access to the city.

While Budapest is easy enough to reach, the circuit itself is located in Mogyorod, some 20km to the north east of the city. Served by the M3 motorway, the track is easily reached by taxi, but these can be expensive as only one company is allowed access to the track. There is a free bus service for ticket holders, which goes from Árpád hid bus station - on the Pest side - to the centre of Mogyorod, leaving a walk of around 40 minutes to the track itself.