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Friday, 06 May 2011 18:20

[Updated on 16.07.13]

WHY GO?

The Hungarian Grand Prix is held at the Hungaroring and remains a popular event despite the increase of ticket prices over the past few years. The atmosphere is good and you can also expect the usual bill of support races that includes most European rounds such as GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup.


Silver 3 grandstand - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team

 

CONTENTS

1 // Location and accommodation
2 // Money matters
3 // Ticket prices
4 // Which grandstand to choose
5 // Tips and recommendations
6 // Useful links to prepare your Budapest trip

 

1 // LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATION

The Hungaroring is situated less than 20 kilometres away from Budapest. It is accessible by car or via a transfer to and from the city (train then bus to Mogyoród then a 40 minute walk). If you come from abroad, we would recommend not to fly back on the Sunday as it is likely you won't make it back to the airport on time.

 

2 // MONEY MATTERS

Return airfares to Budapest from:
- Frankfurt / London $600 / £400 / €500
- Helsinki $900 / £600 / €700
- New York $1500 / £1000 / €1200

4 night accommodation from: $110 / £70 / €80

 

3 // TICKET PRICES

The Super Gold grandstand is the only one covered. Weekend children tickets are available at about half price except for the 3-corner packages, Red Bull and Silver 8 grandstands.

Ticket prices have been rounded up to the nearest €10 after including a five percent handling fee and €15 in shipping fees by UPS within the EU (up to €31 for most countries outside the EU). The exchange rates from xe.com are based on the highest rates since the last Hungarian GP and rounded up to the nearest $/£10, the aim being to give you the maximum costs you need to budget in.


Image: Hungaroring Sport Zrt.

 

4 // WHICH GRANDSTAND TO CHOOSE

The Silver 4 grandstand seems to offer the best vantage point; although not a great one. It allows you to view the straight after Turn 11, Turn 12, Turn 14 and the start/finish straight. A seat there should give you the best understanding of the race.

Not sure about the weather? Then go for the Super Gold grandstand which is facing the pits.
If this is your first race, we would recommend the Gold 1 grandstand to experience the grid build up and start of the race. There's nothing like 24 revving F1 engines. From there, you'll also be able to see the garages of the top teams e.g. Red Bull Racing, McLaren and Ferrari. This is also the grandstand to watch the podium celebration at the end of the race.

James Allen's recommendation (BBC Radio 5 Live, Ten Sport), the Silver 1 grandstand, is probably the best spot to take pictures from as this is the slowest point on the track. The Silver 8 one offers a similar view and is 30 Euros cheaper.

Overtakes don't come easy on the Hungaroring. Choose the Gold 4 grandstand for first corner action and who knows what (hint: Schumacher on Barrichello in 2010).

Finally, opt for the Red Bull grandstand if you support Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber or the Red Bull Racing F1 team. The atmosphere should be great amongst fellow supporters.

Whatever grandstand you choose, try to book a seat as high as possible (except for Silver 4 which is already high) so as to see the cars for a longer time. There isn't much to enjoy when too close to the fence.


L-R: Gold 1 and Super Gold grandstands (Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team)

 

5 // TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Food is quite expensive at the track but you can bring your own (drinks are affordable). Just bear in mind the long walk if you are using public transport.

 

6 // USEFUL LINKS TO PREPARE YOUR BUDAPEST TRIP

Information: hungaroring.hu
General information: formula1.com

 

Finally, we'd like to thank @Cloud9Comix (pit straight) and @Zsoltiy (general admission) for their pre 2010 reviews of the FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ.

 

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