Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe, masterfully combining the best of history and modernity as a key crossroad on the European continent. Since 1986, the Hungaroring has been home to the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, and in 2021 the circuit etched itself into BWT Alpine F1 Team history as the site of Esteban Ocon’s maiden win.
Make the most of your visit with our tips and recommendations for enjoying your stay in the capital city of Hungary.
Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (CEST), (BST +1, GMT +2)
In Emergency: Call 112
Weather: In July, daily temperatures average 88°F/31°C with a chance of rain. Be sure to pack a light rain jacket.
Getting Around: Budapest has the second oldest metro system in Europe. Take advantage of the affordable metro fares and the four main transit lines to reach all of the destinations on your itinerary while getting a first-hand look at the historic railways of Hungary.
Top tip: download the Budapest GO app and/or CityMapper, two apps that will help you plan the most timely and cost-effective journeys.
Track Action: Keep an eye out for Alpine Academy drivers throughout the weekend as they compete in the next round of the FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 Championships. Jack Doohan (Invicta Virtuosi) and Victor Martins (ART Grand Prix) will be competing in Round 10 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, while Gabriele Minì (Hitech), Nikola Tsolov (ART) and Sophia Floersch (PHM Racing) compete in Round 8 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship.
Off-Track Action: Catch BWT Alpine F1 Team drivers, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly at the Formula 1 Fan Forum on Saturday 22 July from 10:40*.
If you are sticking around after the race to enjoy all that Budapest has to offer or have some time to explore before heading to the track, here are a few recommendations for the best way to experience Budapest.
Be sure to keep an eye out for BWT Alpine F1 Team colours on track this weekend. A full timetable* for the race weekend is listed below, all in local time (CEST):
Friday 21 July
• Formula 3 Free Practice 9:55-10:40
• Formula 2 Free Practice 11:05-11:50
• Formula 1 FP1 13:30-14:30
• Formula 3 Qualifying 15:05-15:35
• Formula 2 Qualifying 16:00-16:30
• Formula 1 FP2 17:00-18:00
Saturday 22 July
• Formula 3 Sprint Race 09:50-10:35
• Formula 1 FP3 12:30-13:30
• Formula 2 Sprint Race 14:15-15:00
• Formula 1 Qualifying 16:00-17:00
Sunday 23 July
• Formula 3 Feature Race 08:25-09:25
• Formula 2 Feature Race 10:05-11:05
• Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix 15:00 (70 laps)
*These timings are subject to change.