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Posted 15 August 2017 - 18:42
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The first F1-race behind the Iron Curtain, on Hungaroring
In 1986, Bernie Ecclestone brought the West to Hungary and the 1st Hungarian Grand Prix was held. It proved to be a total success with 200.000 showing up on Sunday alone, on race day. Since then there was 31 more races at Mogyorod, but some 30-odd years ago it was all a bit different than today.
Grid Girls were part of Formula 1 even 30-odd years ago, so Hungaroring had to have them too. As you can see, styling was leaning towards minimal, in which we can truly appreciate the temperatures similar to these recent days: August 1986 was similarly hot as this year's. The girls were of course transported to the track using one of Hungarian industry's most notorious product, an Ikarus bus, and the matching paint scheme shouldn't go on unnoticed either. OK, this was of course painted red and white due to one of the sponsors.
Have you recognized this middle-aged gentleman? Indeed, this is Formula 1's (former) Lord and Ruler, Bernie Ecclestone. Even back then you couldn't tell his age, in 1986 he was already near his 56th Birthday. He was hard at work to turn Formula 1 into one of the world's biggest brands: for this reason he came up with the Hungarian Grand Prix, the first race behind the Iron Curtain, in the Socialist parts of the world. It was such a hit that even in 2017 it is still a world-class success, and if all is true it will go on at least until 2026. That is the length of the contract between Hungaroring and F1, that Bernie negotiated last year.
The good old times when it was still possible to park within the track at Hungaroring. Today the public, but also the members of the teams, are unable to drive all the way up in their own cars, at the bottom side of the track there is one gigantic parking space from which people are ferried with shuttle buses into the paddock and behind the pitlane where teams set up their huge motorhomes.
Three-time World Champion Jackie Stewart preaching to one-time World Champion Keke Rosberg. The Finn - father of Nico Rosberg - raced for McLaren at the 1st Hungarian Grand Prix. He qualified 5th but retired on the 34th lap due to car trouble. Sewart is still preaching today, and can be often seen at races, unlike Rosberg who only visited last year's Abu Dhabi race where his son won the World Championship.
The mustache of F1, Nigel Mansell, following the events from the Williams pit surrounded with his engineers and mechanics. He started 4th and finished 3rd. He wasn't one of the main cast in our first race yet, but was in the second one in 1987 when a wheel lugnut fell off causing him to drop out of the lead. Since then, and for exactly 30 years now, that left turn is named Mansell-curve. Later in 1989 he did win at Hungaroring driving for Ferrari.
Ferrari's dashboard, and it's digital! It's somewhat simpler than the current one, in fact nowadays there is no instrument panel on the dashboard, everything is on the steering wheel. On the steering wheel which lies on the top of the dashboard there is not a single button, it was used solely for steering. The little black lever at the bottom right side is the gear shift. In the olden days everything was so much simpler.
Everyone remembers Senna's black Lotus, but who was his teammate? One Scottish fellow known as Johnny Dumfries, in fact Marquees John Colum Crichton-Stewart, a member of a British noble family. If anybody in F1 didn't do it for the money it was him, and although he didn't set F1 on fire he did won the 24 hr Le Mans some two years after the first Hungaroring race. In the 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix he started 8th, finished 5th, and scored 2 points.
Fire marshals at Hungaroring. At this time Ecclestone had already stepped up the safety efforts, but luckily there was not much to do for the marshals except a bit of an issue with Patrese's Brabham during the race.
Another unforgettable face, with lots of hair: Gerhard Berger, Benetton's Austrian hope. He was 26, and just a few months later he would go on to win his first F1 race, in Mexico. At Hungaroring he never had any real luck, never won a race here, on our first race he didn't even reached the finish.
Water was necessary back then too, but the tank car provided better vantage point than any of the grandstands. Those luckiest were able to find a spot on top of it, with sight lines better than even from the Paddock Club, and the dress code was much more relaxed too.
Another old friend, Riccardo Patrese. He drove a Brabham but his race finished very early after getting stuck on a curb. In later years there were races with Williams in which he looked like a sure winner only to drop out of the lead so he never actually won here. But he really enjoyed coming here.
Ayrton Senna, the first pole winner at Hungaroring. He finished the race in 2nd place after being overtaken by Nelson Piquet with a genius move. He went on to win three times on the Hungarian F1 track, making him one of the great masters of Hungaroring.
We already mentioned Mansell, who was in the star role many times here but probably never more than in 1992 when it wasn't him who won but Senna: nevertheless, the Englishman secured his one and only World Champion title right here.
Alain Prost scored 51 F1 victories in total, not once at the Hungaroring. He had little luck here, but his 1988 duel with Senna is a classic: He passed the Brazilian for the lead with great difficulty at the start, only to lose it right away in the next curve. In 1986 he started from 3rd and dropped out with technical trouble on the 23rd lap.
Mansell just before the start. His fireproof hedgear was unique, leaving only the most necessary senses in the open.
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Edited by DON_CHEFO, 15 August 2017 - 18:42.
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