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Hungarian Grand Prix 2016: Top 10 Performances of All Time

Take a look back through the years as RealSport picks the Top 10 Hungarian Grand Prix performances of all time.

  1. 1989 Nigel Mansell

Mansell struggled all weekend. Only tenth fastest in practice, he lacked pace in both qualifying sessions and eventually started 12th on the grid, but he came through to take the victory. He tore through the field and on the 58th lap of 77, he put an opportunistic move on Ayrton Senna to take the lead, eventually winning by over 25 seconds.


  1. 1988 Senna v Prost

Intra-team rivalry, sound familiar. The two McLaren’s of Prost and Senna were at the height of their rivalry, Senna built up a large early lead but Prost was able to slowly reel him in. As the race ended, Prost passed Senna but couldn’t hold his line and Senna passed him back, winning the race by a meagre 0.5 seconds.


  1. 1998 Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn

The Mclaren’s of Couthard and Hakkinen were dominating and leading the championship. Schumacher needed some help and it came from Ross Brawn, who switched the German onto a three stop strategy from the planned two. He stopped as planned on lap 26 but then came in again on lap 43, catching everyone off guard. He was the only man to stop three times, coming in on lap 62 allowing him to take the victory and close the gap at the top of the championship.


  1. 2000 Mika Hakkinen

Having won in 1999 he found himself behind championship rival Michael Schumacher on the grid. Both started well but Hakkinen held his nerve up the inside into turn one and never looked back.


  1. 1992 Nigel Mansell 

Mansell had won eight out of the ten races that season, and cruised to a composed second place to take the title. Patrese was on pole from Mansell and shot off into the lead, but Senna overhauled them both and eventually won by 40 seconds. When Patrese retired, Mansell held of Burger and won the Championship with five races to spare. It was his 176th Grand Prix meaning that he had taken more races to win a World Championship than any prior champion. 


  1. 1986 Piquet v Senna

Textbook Formula 1 as it dodged world politics and took a race behind the ‘Iron Curtain’. Piquet and Senna were a class apart, overlapping everyone else at least once as only ten of the 26 cars finished. They exchanged the lead several times before Piquet took the win.


  1. 2011 Jenson Button

In his 200th Grand Prix, Button returned to the track where he won his first race in 2006 to produce an inspired drive and take a Hollywood style victory. Lacking the outright pace of Vettel and Hamilton he used the changeable conditions and some bold early tyre changes to take a victory, confirming that he is one of the masters of the wet/dry race.


  1. 1993 Damon Hill

In 1993 Damon Hill should have won twice already, only for mechanical failures to rob him late in the races. He finally broke his duck in Budapest as his teammate, Alain Prost, stalled on the formation lap. Hill went lights to the flag to emulate his father and win a Grand Prix.


  1. 1990 Thierry Boutsen

The last time a Belgian won a Grand Prix. Boutsen was on pole in the imperious Williams Renault with Patrese in second. The McLarens of Berger and Senna were third an fourth with Mansell having moved to Ferrari in fifth. Boutsen went from lights to flag in a flawless drive to take his third win.


  1. 2009 Lewis Hamilton

The reigning World Champion was paying the price for McLaren’s development push to win him the World Championship in 2008, as the 2009 car was way off the pace. However, with the advent of KERS, he drove to victory and became the first winner in a hybrid car.

Hungarian Grand Prix 2016: Top 10 Performances of All Time

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