Defending champion and two-time world champion Max Verstappen, the Dutch driver of Red Bull, won the 38th Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on Sunday, increasing his lead at the top of the overall points standings with his seventh consecutive victory, setting a new team record.
It was the 25-year-old’s ninth win of the season, and Red Bull’s 12th in a row, breaking McLaren’s record of 11 wins set in 1988.
McLaren’s British driver, Lando Norris, finished second behind Verstappen, and Mexican Sergio Pérez, the other Red Bull driver, was third.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who started from pole position, came in fourth.
Lando Norris, Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan, Max Verstappen, and Sergio Pérez (L-R). Photo via MTI/Czeglédi Zsolt
Hamilton’s start was not perfect and Verstappen took advantage of this to take the lead at the first corner, and remained in leading position throughout the race. Near the end, the lead was almost unchanged: Verstappen, Norris, Pérez, Piastri, and Hamilton, however the seven-time world champion managed to move up to fourth place.
Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky presents the first prize trophy to Max Verstappen. Photo via MTI/Tamás Kovács
On the podium, the winner’s trophy, made by Hungarian manufacturer Herendi Porcelain, bounced off the podium and was broken into pieces. The accident was probably caused by the drivers inattention.
A significant part of the weekend was the announcement of the contract extension by Ádám Schmidt, Secretary of State for Sport, Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1, and Zsolt Gyulay, CEO of Hungaroring Sport Zrt.
The contract, originally valid until 2027, had been extended by five years, meaning the Hungarian circuit will definitely remain on the program until 2032.
Schmidt said that the race series’ rights holder had made the extension conditional on the Hungaroring’s complete renewal by 2026.
He pointed out that the Hungarian Grand Prix has been held every year without interruption since 1986, making the Mogyoród circuit (around 20 km from Budapest) second only to Monza, Italy in the list of races that have been continuously on the calendar.
“This race has long since gone beyond a simple sporting event: It is one of Hungary’s most important international events, with tens of thousands of foreign fans visiting the country every year and television coverage around the world,” he added.
Stefano Domenicali said that
“This is a special track, enhanced by the proximity of the beautiful Hungarian capital, Budapest – a race that all our riders and fans are looking forward to.”
Zsolt Gyulay noted that plans are to completely renovate the track – including the main building, the main grandstand, and the fan zone – for the 2026 Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 38th Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula 1 was held in front of more than 100,000 spectators, meaning that the facility has set a new record for the season.
Via MTI, Featured image via MTI/Czeglédi Zsolt