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.