Five of the best Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton Hungary 2013

It may not be a classic in the mould of Spa or Silverstone, but the Hungaroring has been around long enough to earn some old-school cache.

And though it can sometimes be a little lacking in the overtaking department, the event has produced a few classic contests and significant milestones over the years. Here are five of the best.

The Art of the Overtake (1989)

What was that about lacking overtaking? No one told Nigel Mansell that one ahead of the 1989 race. Starting down in 12th, the Ferrari driver worked his way to the front of the pack, then passed Ayrton Senna in a brilliantly incisive move, sweeping past the Brazilian as they came upon a backmarker.

Mansell Conquers the World (1992)

The 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix was special for its outcome rather than the race itself. Because after more than a decade of trying and a few near misses, Mansell finally became Formula One World Champion. The Brit finished second to Senna, but having already won eight of the preceding 10 races he put the title beyond doubt at the Hungaroring. The weekend was also noteworthy for being the Brabham team's final grand prix, with Damon Hill finishing 11th and last in their sole car.

Hill’s Finest (1997)

Damon Hill won 22 races and the 1996 World Championship for the dominant Williams squad, but perhaps his finest drive was to second place at the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix. Driving for the tail-end Arrows team, it was so nearly a victory that would have ranked among the most famous in F1 history, but a late hydraulic problem allowed Jacques Villeneuve to snatch P1. Nevertheless, Hill was the clear hero of the day.

Jenson’s First (2006)

It is now hard to believe that Jenson Button took almost seven full seasons in Formula One to secure his first grand prix win. He did it in Hungary eight years ago, coming from 14th on the grid to earn a brilliant maiden victory in a topsy-turvy, rain-affected race. Second spot went to Pedro de la Rosa, who scored the only F1 podium of his career aboard a McLaren.

Number 100 (2008)

Heikki Kovalainen won his only grand prix six years ago at the Hungaroring. It was a fortuitous victory: Lewis Hamilton was taken out of contention by a puncture, and Felipe Massa looked set to win until an engine failure ended his race. That handed victory to Heikki, who thus achieved a notable feat: the Finn became the 100th driver to win a race in Formula One World Championship history.