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Top five Hungarian GP moments.

1986- Around the outside.

The Hungarian GP was first held in 1986. The race set a then record F1 attendance of 210,000. 1986 also saw a great title battle between Prost, Mansell and Piquet.

The weekend was dominated by two Brazilians, Senna and Piquet. Senna took the pole, and made the better jump at the start. Then began a real back and forth battle. Piquet took the lead on lap 11. Senna put in some blistering pace after Piquet pitted, and performed the overcut. Senna was defending brilliantly, covering the inside perfectly. However, Piquet made a fantastic move around the outside at turn one, car sideways under braking, to retake the lead. Piquet then held on the lead to win the race.

1992- Mansell finally champion.

Nigel Mansell’s career started in 1980, and went twelve seasons without winning a world championship. However, 1992 looked to be a different story. The Williams making full use of their active suspension were dominant.

Heading into round 11 at Hungary, Mansell had a 46 point lead in the championship over Patrese. However, Patrese got the upper hand in qualifying. Mansell didn’t make the best start, dropping to fourth. However he quickly made his way back up to third, passing Berger. Patrese looked good for the win, before spinning out from the lead before retiring with an engine problem. Mansell had problems of his own, suffering a puncture dropping him to sixth. Benefitting from Schumacher’s retirement and making three moves on a charge up the field, Mansell recovered to 2nd. He finished here behind Senna, but took an emotional title win in his 13th and final F1 season.

1997- Hill nearly achieves the impossible.

The biggest story near the end of the 1996 season was that Damon Hill would be leaving the Williams team. Hill was set to win the world championship that year. With no decent drivers left, Hill joined the Arrows team, powered by Yamaha. 1997 was a extremely tough season for Hill. He failed to finish the first six races, and had only scored one point before the Hungarian GP.

Surprisingly, Hill qualified 3rd for the Hungarian GP. He was only behind the two title protagonists Villeneuve and Schumacher. Hill made the jump on his former teammate at the start. On lap 11, Hill made a move on Schumacher for the lead. Hill then pulled a 35 second lead, and looked set to take a shock win. However, a few laps from the end, a throttle linkage failure meant meant he lost the chance to take an unlikely win. He did manage to take a very surprising 2nd place.

2006- Button first win.

Kimi Raikkonen took pole for the 2006 Hungarian GP. However the race saw a mixed grid. Alonso and Schumacher started further back after getting two second penalties in qualifying. Button also got a ten place grid drop for an engine change.

The race started in wet conditions, with the McLarens making the better start. The Bridgestone cars, who usually have the advantage in the wet, were struggling and were dropping back. Button and Alonso both were charging through the field, and Alonso led Button at the first safety car period. This was caused by Raikkonen colliding with Vitantonio Luizzi. Alonso suffered a crash after a stop on dry tyres (caused by a loose wheel nut). This allowed Button to take the lead where he stayed until the end. He took an emotional first win, wide eyed in celebration. Pedro De La Rosa finished 2nd, getting his first and only podium, with Heidfeld 3rd.

2015- A fitting farewell.

A few weeks before the 2015 Hungarian GP, it was announced Jules Bianchi passed away from his head injuries suffered at Suzuka. There were many tributes written on the drivers cars and helmets. There was also a minutes silence, where the drivers and family linked arms, with the helmets on the start line. Bianchi’s being in the centre.

The race was a fitting send off for Bianchi. Both Ferrari drivers got the jump on the dominant Mercedes cars at the start, with Hamilton going off at the turn six chicane. The race saw a lot of overtakes and collisions, including one between championship leader Hamilton and Ricciardo. The battle for the win looked to be between Vettel, Rosberg and Ricciardo. However, Rosberg and Ricciardo collided at turn one, allowing for Vettel to take the win. He dedicated his win to former Ferrari junior Bianchi after the race.

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