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Formula One - Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, July 29th
SITE: Hungaroring (1986) -- Budapest, Hungary
TRACK: 4.381 km (2.722 miles), 14-turn road course
CAPACITY: 120,000
ANNUAL: 27th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jenson Button
RUNNER-UP: Sebastian Vettel
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 70
MILES: 190.540 (306.630 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Rubens Barrichello, 2002 (1 minute, 13.333 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 35 min., 26.131 sec.)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jenson Button36Felipe Massa4
2Sebastian Vettel17Paul di Resta11
3Fernando Alonso58Sebastien Buemi23
4Lewis Hamilton29Nico Rosberg7
5Mark Webber610Jaime Alguersuari16
2011 Hungarian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 172.416 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 42.337 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.588 seconds
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 6
FASTEST LAP: Felipe Massa, 1:23.415, Lap 61
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:19.815)
Past Hungarian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Jenson Button (3rd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 172.416 k.p.h./1:46:42.337
2010 -- Mark Webber (2nd) -- Red Bull Renault -- 181.989 k.p.h./1:41:5.571
2009 -- Lewis Hamilton (4th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 186.973 k.p.h./1:38:23.876
2008 -- Heikki Kovalainen (2nd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 188.790 kph/1:37:27.067
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 191.897 k.p.h./1:35:52.991
2006 -- Jenson Button (14th) -- Honda -- 163.773 k.p.h./1:52:20.941
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (4th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 188.859 k.p.h./1:37:25.552
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 192.798 k.p.h./1:35:26.131
2003 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Renault -- 185.810 k.p.h./1:39:01.460
2002 -- Rubens Barrichello (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:41:49.001
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:41:49.675
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen (3rd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:45:33.869
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:46:23.536
1998 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:45:25.550
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:45:47.149
1996 -- Jacques Villeneuve (3rd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:46:21.134
1995 -- Damon Hill (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:46:25.721
1994 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Benetton-Ford -- 1:48:00.185
1993 -- Damon Hill (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:47:39.09
1992 -- Ayrton Senna (3rd) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:46:19.216
1991 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:49:12.796
1990 -- Thierry Boutsen (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:49:30.597
1989 -- Nigel Mansell (12th) -- Ferrari -- 1:49:38.650
1988 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:57:47.081
1987 -- Nelson Piquet (3rd) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:59:26.793
1986 -- Nelson Piquet (2nd) -- Williams-Honda -- 2:00:34.508
Past Hungarian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 2nd
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 3rd
2009 -- Fernando Alonso -- 18th
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 5th
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1st
2006 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 15th
2005 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2003 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2002 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 1st
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen - 1st
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen - 6th
1997 -- Michael Schumacher -- 4th
1996 -- Michael Schumacher -- 9th
1995 -- Damon Hill - 1st
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 12th
1992 -- Riccardo Patrese -- 12th
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1990 -- Thierry Boutsen -- 1st
1989 -- Riccardo Patrese -- 16th
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1987 -- Nigel Mansell -- 14th
1986 -- Ayrton Senna - 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: German Grand Prix (July 22nd)
SITE: Hockenheimring -- Hockenheim, Germany
LAPS: 67
MILES: 190.4 (306.458 km)
WINNER: Fernando Alonso
RUNNER-UP: Jenson Button
THIRD: Kimi Raikkonen
FOURTH: Kamui Kobayashi
FIFTH: Sebastian Vettel
POLE WINNER: Fernando Alonso (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 31 minutes, 5.862 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 6.949 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 201.843 k.p.h.
Hungarian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3 *Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Jenson Button10th5th5thWon21st12th7th8thWon
Sebastian Vettel------------16th20th17th3rd2nd
Fernando AlonsoWon3rd11th14th4th4th18th2nd3rd
Lewis Hamilton------------Won5thWon20th4th
Mark Webber6th10th7th20th9th9th3rdWon5th
Felipe Massa---19th14th7th13th17th---4th6th
Nico Rosberg---------17th7th14th4th22nd9th
Pastor Maldonado------------------------16th
Michael Schumacher8thWon2nd8th---------11th22nd
Kimi Raikkonen2nd20thWon15th2nd3rd2nd------
Romain Grosjean---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Nico Rosberg - Started in the 21st position and finished 10th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Darkhorse - Romain Grosjean
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fernando Alonso) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Sergio Perez) - Finished 6th
 
NOTES:
Currently seventh on the points list, Jenson Button raced to victory last year at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as he defeated Sebastian Vettel by 3.588 seconds. The victory was one of three wins in 2012 for Button, who finished last season's championship in second place.

Benson celebrated his 200th career Formula One start in impressive fashion, as he posted his 11th career title. His first F1 came victory in the 2006 Hungarian GP, a race also affected by rain.

With wet track conditions at the beginning of the 70-lap race, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel started on pole and led the first four laps before he slid wide off course and allowed Button's teammate, Lewis Hamilton, to overtake him for the top position. Hamilton ran in front for a majority of the race at the Hungaroring, but as the rain intensified in the late-stages, Hamilton spun around, and Button assumed the lead and took command of the race.

2012 points leader Fernando Alonso is the driver to beat this week, as he has posted a great mark at the halfway point of the season. Alonso has finished 1st, 2nd and 1st the last three races and has 10 top-10s in as many starts. His lead over Mark Webber for the championship has reached 34 points.

Webber capitalized on pit strategy and benefited from a mistake made by his Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastian Vettel to win the 2010 running of this race.

Webber grabbed the lead when Vettel, the pole sitter, and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso pitted early in the 70-lap race. Then Vettel's drive-through penalty for a safety-car rule infringement helped Webber gain a sizeable lead over Alonso, who moved up to second. Vettel ran third after serving his penalty.

With a near 24-second lead over Alonso, Webber finally pitted on lap 44. The Australian went on to finish almost 18 seconds ahead of Alonso for his fourth victory of that season and the sixth of his F1 career. Webber's win total has now reached nine with two additional wins this season and one in 2011.

After a lackluster start to his 2009 season, Lewis Hamilton regained his form at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as he cruised to a whopping, 11.529 seconds win over Kimi Raikkonen for his 10th career Formula One title. Hamilton finished second the following week and then added another title in Singapore, as he finished fifth in F1 points that year. Hamilton won in Canada back in June and now owns 18 career titles.

Felipe Massa dominated the race in 2008, but it was his late-race misfortune that led the way for McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen to score his first career Formula One victory at the Hungaroring. Kovalainen's first F1 victory came in his 27th grand prix entry.

Lewis Hamilton led all 70 laps to win the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton, a rookie on the circuit that year, finished 0.715 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen for his third of four wins in 2007.

In 2006, Jenson Button dodged rain drops and pools of water to register his first career Formula One title. It took 113 races, but Button was able to cross the finish line 30.8 seconds ahead of Pedro de la Rosa. Pole sitter Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish due to an accident and placed 15th.

The Hungaroring is built 12 miles northeast of Budapest, and is set in a natural Amphitheater, as the track starts on one side, goes down into a valley before going down the far side, then turning and coming back in the opposite direction. Overtaking is virtually impossible here, as the track is narrow, with many slow corners. Hungaroring has hosted this race since it began in 1986. The track features 13 turns and offers excellent natural viewing embankments. It's location, close to the border with Germany, enables fans from all over Europe to attend.

In 2005, Kimi Raikkonen won the fourth of his seven titles that year, as he crossed the finish line a whopping 35.581 seconds ahead of pole sitter Michael Schumacher.

1986 saw Nelson Piquet win the inaugural race after beating arch rival, Ayrton Senna, in a close battle. He won again the following year, after Nigel Mansell was forced to forfeit the victory due to a loose wheel nut, with only 6 laps remaining.

Damon Hill won his first Grand Prix victory here in 1993, and in 1994, Michael Schumacher raced his Benetton to the win for the teams' maiden Hungaroring victory. Damon Hill won again in '95, and came in second in '96, behind teammate Jacques Villeneuve. The pole sitter has captured 11 of the 26 previous races, including five of the last 11 years. The winner of this race has come from a top-five starting position in every race but two (1989, 2006).

Formula One teams take its "summer vacation" during the month of August before returning to action with the September 2nd running of the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, Belgium. Sebastian Vettel is the defending race winner.

07/24 14:38:05 ET

As of July 24, 2012, at 02:38 PM ET

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