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  1. YellowbirdRS

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    #1 YellowbirdRS, Jul 29, 2008
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    FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2008



    The first Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungarian: Magyar Nagydíj) was held on June 21, 1936 over a 3.1-mile (5.0 km) track laid out in Népliget[1], a park in Budapest. The Mercedes-Benz, Auto Union, and Ferrari teams all sent three cars and the event drew a very large crowd. However, politics and the ensuing war meant the end of Grand Prix motor racing in the country for fifty years.

    A major coup by Bernie Ecclestone, the 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix was the first Formula One race to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Held at the twisty Hungaroring near Budapest, the race has been a mainstay of the racing calendar. Run in the heat of a central European summer, it also holds the distinction of being the only current Grand Prix venue that had never seen a wet race up until the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. The first Grand Prix saw 200,000 people spectating, although tickets were expensive at the time. Today, the support is still very enthusiastic, particularly from Finns.

    Grand Prix History
    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.

    Grand Prix Information
    Information on Grand Prix races on current track only.
    Laps 70
    Circuit length 4.381 km (2.722 miles)
    Race length 306.663 km (190.560 miles)
    Turns 16
    Direction Clockwise

    Most wins by single driver Michael Schumacher (4)
    Most wins by single constructor Williams/McLaren (7)

    Lap Record Race 1:19.071
    Lap Record Driver Michael Schumacher (2004)
    Lap Record Team Ferrari

    Tires Prime Soft
    Tires Optional Super-Soft


    Current championship standings
    DRIVERS:
    Pos Driver Team Points Finishes in Pts Wins Podiums
    1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 7 4 6
    2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 54 7 3 6
    3 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 51 8 2 5
    4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 48 8 1 4
    5 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 41 7 0 3
    6 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 28 7 0 1
    7 Jarno Trulli Toyota 20 6 0 1
    8 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 18 6 0 0
    9 Fernando Alonso Renault 13 5 0 0
    10 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian 11 3 0 1
    11 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 10 2 0 1
    12 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 8 3 0 1
    13 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 8 4 0 0
    14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 6 1 0 1
    15 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 6 3 0 0
    16 Timo Glock Toyota 5 1 0 0
    17 Jenson Button Honda 3 1 0 0
    18 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 2 1 0 0
    19 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 0 0 0 0
    20 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 0 0 0 0
    21 Adrian Sutil Force-India-Ferrari 0 0 0 0
    22 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 0 0 0 0

    TEAMS:
    Pos Team Points Finishes in Pts Wins Podiums
    1 Ferrari 105 15 5 11
    2 BMW Sauber 89 15 1 7
    3 McLaren-Mercedes 86 14 4 7
    4 Toyota 25 6 0 1
    5 Red Bull-Renault 24 7 0 1
    6 Renault 23 7 0 1
    7 Williams-Toyota 16 7 0 1
    8 Honda 14 4 0 1
    9 STR-Ferrari 8 4 0 0
    10 Force India-Ferrari 0 0 0 0
    11 Super Aguri-Honda 0 0 0 0


    Last Race (2007)
    Statistics from the last race on this track.
    Winner Lewis Hamilton
    Winning team McLaren-Mercedes
    Winning time 1:27:51.693

    Pole time 1:19.674 / 1:19.781
    Pole driver Fernando Alonso / Lewis Hamilton
    Pole team McLaren Mercedes
    Pole note Fernando Alonso was demoted to 6th due to blocking Hamilton in the pitlane

    Fastest lap 1:20.047
    Fastest lap driver Kimi Räikkönen
    Fastest lap team Ferrari

    Finishers in points:
    Pos Driver Team Laps Time Grid Points
    1 Lewis Hamitlon McLaren-Mercedes 70 1:35:52.991 1 10
    2 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 70 +0.715 3 8
    3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 70 +43.129 2 6
    4 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 70 +44.858 6 5
    5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 70 +47.616 7 4
    6 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 70 +50.669 5 3
    7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 70 +59.139 4 2
    8 Heikki Kovalainen Renault 70 +1:08.104 11 1

    Best Times Last Race (2007)
    Best times set during the race weekend.
    Fastest lap 1:19.301
    Fastest lap driver Lewis Hamilton
    Fastest lap team McLaren-Mercedes
    Session Qualifying (Q2)

    Sector 1 time 28.397 seconds
    Sector 1 driver Lewis Hamilton
    Sector 1 team McLaren-Mercedes
    Session Qualifying

    Sector 2 time 28.390 seconds
    Sector 2 driver Lewis Hamilton
    Sector 2 team McLaren-Mercedes
    Session Qualifying

    Sector 3 time 22.424 seconds
    Sector 3 driver Lewis Hamilton
    Sector 3 team McLaren-Mercedes
    Session Qualifying

    Combined best lap 1:19.211
    Notes:
    Best sector times of races are unavailable, the sector times presented are the fastest ones of those that are available and may not represent the fastest times during the weekend.

    Timetable
    Local time: CEST (UTC + 2 Hours)
    Western European Times (UK etc.): CEST - 1 Hour
    Eastern European Times (Finland etc.): CEST + 1 Hour

    Session UTC/GMT CEST EDT Stream / Channel
    Friday 1st August
    F1 Friday Practice 1 08:00-09:30 10:00-11:30 04:00-05:30 ITV
    F1 Friday Practice 2 12:00-13:30 14:00-15:30 08:00-09:30 Several Available (See Streams)

    Saturday 2nd August
    F1 Saturday Practice 09:00-10:00 11:00-12:00 05:00-06:00 See Streams
    F1 Qualifying 12:00 14:00 08:00 Several Available (See Streams)

    Sunday 3rd August
    F1 Race (70 Laps) 12:00 14:00 08:00 Several Available (See Streams)


    Weather
    Check these sites for weather updates, 5-10 day forecast:
    Weather.com
    Accuweather
    Yahoo Weather
    BBC Weather

    Live Streams
    Programs used: Sopcast, TVU Player, PPMate, TV Ants
    Schedule
    Code:
    CHANNEL            STREAM          STREAM ID  TYPE                FP1  FP2  FP3  Qualifying  Race  
    ITV                ITV Web         N/A        Flash - Web based     X    X                X     X
    SpeedTV            Wheels          N/A        TVU Player                 X                X     X       
    Star Sports        Star Sports     10005      TVU Player                                  X     X 
                       Star Sports     N/A        PPMate                                      X     X 
    CCTV5              CCTV5           10007      TVUPlayer                                         X 
                       CCTV5           6002       SopCast                                           X  
    RTL                RTL Web         N/A        MMS - Web based                             X     X
    Eurosport France   Eurosport (?)   N/A        TVAnts                X    X    X                     
    
    Links:
    ITV 1 2, Wheels, Star Sports TVU, Star Sports PPMate, CCTV 5 SopCast, CCTV 5 TVU, CCTV 5 TVAnts, CCTV 5 PPMate, RTL
    Notes:
    • For future use of the ITV stream you can save the .swf file to your hard drive and play it from there. You may lose the player controls though. It is possible that you may need a UK proxy for the ITV stream at some point.
    • There should be a SopCast stream for FP3, but it is very unstable due to it's high load and will suffer from a lot of buffering. Avoid it if you can.
    • Possible stream for GP2: Web, Player only (works in Media Player Classic)

    Live Timing
    Live Timing for all sessions, requires Java & account on F1.com:
    http://www.formula1.com/services/live_timing/live_timing_popup.html

    Results
    Free Pratice 1
    Free Pratice 2
    Free Pratice 3
    Qualifying
    Race

    Sources and links:
    Wikipedia - Hungarian Grand Prix
    The Official Formula 1 Website
    Hungarian Grand Prix Official Website

    ***All credits to D A for completing those fantastic overviews.

    So ... Lewis to dominate once more and making hattrick this season? Kimi finally ending his bad luck without being a winner in previous 6 GPs? Felipe to win somewhere else than Turkey and Bahrain? BMW? And the ultra-tight midpack?
     

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  3. senna21

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    Thank you. Weather is sunny and warm for the weekend, high 80s (F).
     
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    Gracias!
     
  5. Remy Zero

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    Be prepared for the most boring GP of the year...
     
  6. futureowner

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    Pretty good entertainment value last year ;)
     
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  8. Remy Zero

    Remy Zero Two Time F1 World Champ

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    well, just during quali :D

    2006 was the best, IMO.
     
  9. jk0001

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    It is a beautiful track, if anyone has ever had the chance to go there. It should be a great race!
     
  10. YellowbirdRS

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    Schumacher lost the WDC because a bad strategy
     
  11. Remy Zero

    Remy Zero Two Time F1 World Champ

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    yeap, and also some crap moves on Nick.
     
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