2014 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

In about half an hour’s time, the lights will go out to signify the start of the 2014 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The start of an F1 race is always a happy-sad time for me. Happy because I love Formula 1. Sad because I always wish I was sitting trackside watching the action live.

Which is exactly what I was doing four weeks ago at the last Formula 1 race, the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, at the Hungaroring outside Budapest.

IMG_1177Now, for those that don’t know, there’s a lot more to a Formula 1 weekend than just the race on the Sunday afternoon. There are practice sessions, qualifying, support races, pit walks… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The first thing we did when we got to Budapest was spend a couple of days exploring the city itself. I wrote a brief post while we were there, and there’s definitely more on the way about our visit to this beautiful city. In the meantime, feel free to check out Rich and Sue’s Vienna to Budapest album on Flickr.

IMG_0826Although the cars didn’t roll out until Friday morning, our first foray to the track was actually on Thursday evening, when everyone with a valid ticket was invited to attend the Pit Lane Walk. This was our one chance to see the cars really close up, so of course we jumped at it.

IMG_1112The crowds were mental, in an enthusiastic and friendly kind of way. We bypassed the all-too-brief driver autograph sessions, and instead took our time wandering down the Pit Lane, gawping into the garages at the super-hi-tech cars inside.

IMG_1021During a similar event at the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Rich and Sue got their photo taken beside David Coulthard’s car in the Red Bull garage.

Montreal 2006 - inside DC's garageNo such luck this time, but we did get to see McLaren practicing their pit stops up close and personal, which was almost as cool.

Video of the McLaren F1 Team practicing their pit stops:

We were at the track bright and early on Friday, to get our first glimpses of Formula 1, 2014-style. There’s been a lot of talk about this year’s engines being too quiet. And although the current cars are undeniably quieter than their forerunners, we soon discovered it just meant you could hear other noises that used to be drowned out. Like the squeal of brakes being tortured. Very exciting!

IMG_1649IMG_1387IMG_1469Saturday saw some great action throughout the day, including a thrilling GP2 race. But the main event was the F1 Qualifying session. There were dramas of all kinds, from Lewis Hamilton’s (one of the Championship contenders) Mercedes bursting into flame, to a brief rain shower just before the third part of Qualifying, which resulted in a big crash right in front of us. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and we went home full of expectation for the following day’s climax to the weekend.

IMG_1696Video of the incident at the start of Q3:

Sunday morning was characterised by warning flashes of lightning and grumbles of thunder. Then, with less than an hour to go before the big race, a torrential downpour soaked the Hungaroring (luckily, we were under cover). The short but intense shower meant the race started under damp, slippery conditions.

IMG_1837Video of the run down to the first corner:

Rain continued to threaten throughout the afternoon, but in the end never returned. Yet the stage had already been set for one of the most exciting races of the season, won by amiable Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo.

IMG_1919IMG_1953The 2014 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix certainly kept us discussing it animatedly all the way to, Zagreb, that evening. And ever since, to be honest.

IMG_1886IMG_1937IMG_1970If you’d like to see more photos from our weekend at the Hungaroring, visit Rich and Sue’s Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix Flickr album.

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11 Responses to 2014 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    It must have been challenging to get the photos of these speeding cars! Good job.

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Wonderful entry!!! 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    Must be exciting to be there and must be challenging to take these shots. Thank you for sharing, Jaspa!

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  5. cyardin says:

    Sue, Rich, you guys are making me properly jealous now.
    It was an awesome race, and the second half of the season is producing the goods. If only the Silver Arrows hadn’t racked up so many points at the beginning of the season.
    This is one circuit that I am probably not going to get to unless we move back to Europe at some point.

  6. quarksire says:

    what a rush huh, well i go to the long beach grand prix here is way kewl, grand prix racing is so loud an awesome huh, glad u guys had a great time with this one 🙂 i used to race nacsar short track myself 🙂 laterzzzz 🙂 Q

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