Hungaroring’s contract to host F1 extended until 2021

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The Hungaroring’s contract to host Formula One has been extended today, with the deal securing the future of the Hungarian Grand Prix until 2021.

The circuit first played host to the race back in 1986 as part of Bernie Ecclestone’s desire to take Formula One into eastern Europe. The event has certainly achieved this and paved the way for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in 2014, but the race in Hungary is a firm favorite among the drivers and fans as the Hungaroring is one of the few ‘old’ circuits left on the calendar.

Despite there not being a Hungarian driver currently in the sport, it is seen as a “home” race for the Finnish drivers on the grid as legions of Finns make the journey south to cheer on Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas.

Speaking to Sky Sports before the race, Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that the deal had been signed.

“It’s an extension of our current deal taking us up to ’21,” the Formula One supremo said.

In today’s race, Lewis Hamilton continued his fine record at the circuit by claiming his fourth win in Hungary, with the victory being his first for Mercedes.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”