The Hungarian GP at the Hungaroring photo from Wikimedia Commons

It is true that not everyone actually likes the Hungaroring circuit, mainly due to the track not having the width to allow overtaking. DRS did seem to work very well here though and produced overtaking in 2011, probably DRS’ biggest success.


2011 was perhaps the best race yet at the Hungaroring but 2006 and 1997 also give it a run for its money.


In the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix Damon Hill lead much of the race in the unfancied Arrows though problems with Hill’s throttle linkage meant that Villeneuve came through to win with Hill managing second still. 2006 was Jenson Button’s first grand prix win in a wet dry race where he pulled off a great move to pass Michael Schumacher, Button had started 13th showing that overtaking isn’t impossible in the right conditions.


The 2011 Hungarian Podium Photo by Derzsi Elekes Andor

The 2011 Hungarian Podium Photo by Derzsi Elekes Andor

2011 though had probably the most action seen at a Hungarian Grand Prix with passes all the way up and down the field, it was Jenson Button who won here again though. Again wet weather did play a part but DRS showed what it could do before the rain came down briefly. The rain led to Hamilton spinning and allowed Button to catch him with a fantastic duel between the two followed, Hamilton won and headed into the pits for Intermediates while Button continued, the right decision and key to him winning the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix.


Fans should look at the 2011 race to choose where they want to get tickets for to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix: most will choose turn three inevitably, where most of the action and overtakes in 2011 occurred: often setup in turn 1. The turn 13 chicane also gives a chance to overtake and Button and Hamilton exchanged places here in 2011.