The government decision on the second phase of the development of the Mogyoród Formula 1 track (near Budapest) has been adopted and the public procurement procedure has been completed, with Market Építő Zrt. and Bayer Construct Zrt. as the winning bidders, announced Zsolt Gyulay, President and CEO of Hungaroring Sport Zrt.
“The Hungaroring will soon welcome fans with a renewed look,” said Minister of Defense Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky in his message.
In the years since the first race, it has become not only a fan favorite, but also one of the world’s top racing events.
The minister stressed that the Formula 1 races will definitely come to Hungary until 2032, thanks to the contract signed in the summer.
“The first phase of the track renovation is already underway. (…) Now I am pleased to announce that the government has also decided to proceed with the second phase of the long-delayed development that will include the renewal of the main building, the paddock, and the 10,000-seat main arena,” he noted.
The track under renovation. Photo via Facebook/Hungaroring
Zsolt Gyulay underlined that the original 1985 utilities are currently being replaced, as there were many problems with burst pipes and the capacity of the medium-voltage network. He emphasized that
the renovation of the entire length of the track and the rebuilding of the entrance building will be completed this year, with the latter also housing a visitor center and a café.
“The long-delayed widening of the paddock will be completed next year, and if all goes to plan, the main grandstand will be demolished and replaced by a temporary one for next year’s race. Based on the agreement with the Formula 1 management, there will be no unfinished buildings or construction activities during the races,” added Gyulay, explaining the scheduling difficulties.
Zsolt Gyulai at the track. Photo via Facebook/Hungaroring
The CEO remarked that
the situation is made pleasantly difficult by the fact that virtually all tickets for next year’s race have been sold.
“There will be four technical boxes and 36 competition boxes, with a race control center, hospitality, and VIP areas attached to the main building, and an extension to the paddock area. The bid of the public tender, excluding the reserve, was almost HUF 79 billion (EUR 205 million). Approximately 57,000 square meters of buildings will be demolished, 125,000 cubic meters of earth will be moved and 34,300 meters of reinforced concrete structures will be installed,” confirmed Gyulay.
“It will be a self-sustaining, multifunctional event center, available 365 days a year, helping to ensure a return on investment,” highlighted the CEO.
On the possibility of hosting a MotoGP championship, he said that the track was designed for Formula 1 and that this “overrides everything,” but they have been asked to review whether the plans can be modified to make the Mogyoród track suitable for a MotoGP race.
FactGrand Prix motorcycle racing is the highest class of motorcycle road racing events held on road circuits sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). The current top division is known as MotoGP since 2002. Grand Prix motorcycles are purpose-built racing machines that are unavailable for purchase by the general public and unable to be ridden legally on public roads.
Via MTI, Featured image via Facebook/Hungaroring