At the Hungaroring, it's just a stone's throw from the paddock to the parking lots. So we set off. In which cars did the 20 steering wheel artists and their team bosses come to the race in Budapest?
The last race before the summer break continued the success story of Formula 1 this season. 100,000 visitors on the day of the race, 290,000 spread over the weekend: The Hungaroring registered a veritable rush of fans who wanted to see their heroes on the track in the around 1,000 hp racing cars - and were also looking for them off the track.
The pictures are the same on every day of the event. A narrow country road leads to the main entrance of the Hungaroring. And there, hundreds of fans line up to the right and left of the street to maybe get an autograph or a snapshot of the stars. They see the road cars in which the 20 Formula 1 drivers come to the racetrack. Or whether they prefer to take a motorbike or a bicycle.
Honda power for Red Bull
Fernando Alonso showed up in the Renault Espace family van. One could luridly ask the question whether the double world champion is perhaps fleeing and preferring to join Aston Martin in 2023. Finally, Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer showed up in the A110 sports car. But maybe it's just that Alonso needs space. For the girlfriend, the family, the luggage. The Spaniard drove to the Hungaroring in an Espace last year. So Aston Martin probably had better arguments to lure him away from Alpine: more money, longer contract terms.
Although Honda withdrew from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, it still maintains close contact with the premier class. Up to and including 2025, maintenance and use of the power unit for Red Bull and Alpha Tauri will be carried out. The pilots can look forward to a powerful engine – and Honda vehicles for the journey to the race track. Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda agreed: They chose the 320 hp Honda Civic Type R for the event in Budapest.
The Ferrari drivers were given the Roma. With a V8 turbo engine that distributes 620 hp to the rear axle. Charles Leclerc drove a dark blue example, teammate Carlos Sainz a gray one. At Mercedes, there were different models on display in the parking lot below the paddock: electric and combustion engines. Curious? In our photo show we take you on a tour and also show you which vehicles the team bosses chose for the journey.