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    F1 headed to Hungary two weeks after Lewis Hamilton took victory at Silverstone, bringing him within one point of Nico Rosberg in the championship.

    Following an early morning flight we arrived in Budapest for a short transfer to the three hotels, the Roombach, Intercontinental and Starlight Suiten Hotel, all located to the west of the Danube in the Pest side of the city.

    Arriving early gave everyone chance to explore the historic city, from the Chain Bridge to the Parliament and St Stephens Basilica, before heading to the Intercontinental hotel for the Friday evening welcome drinks reception on the terrace overlooking the Danube as the sun went down.

    Saturday morning saw us leave the hotels for a short 30 minute transfer to the Hungaroring for the day's qualifying.  Arriving in glorious sunshine, we headed in for the first sessions of the day before qualifying at 2pm.  Gradually the clouds came in, and just before qualifying, a downpour caused the start of the session to be delayed.  What followed was a chaotic Q1, with four red flags, caused by more rain and accidents.  I for one, can't remember a Q1 with four red flags!  By Q3, the track had dried a lot allowing the Mercedes pairing to come to the fore. At the end of the session, it was Rosberg on pole from Hamilton.  Not without controversy though as Rosberg's pole time was set whilst the yellow flags were out for a spinning Alonso, but the stewards decreed he had slowed enough and the time was allowed.  After the first GP2 and GP3 races of the weekend, we returned to Budapest to enjoy what had now turned into a nice evening, sitting outside in the restaurant enjoying dinner.

    Hungarian Grand Prix 2016

    Race day saw a full coach head to the circuit with everyone hopeful of Hamilton taking a lead in the championship.  By midday the sun was blistering, the hottest track temperature of the year so far recorded.  2pm race start, and from P2 on the grid Hamilton made a superb start managing to get on the inside of Rosberg into T1, taking the lead.  He held onto the lead for the entire race, apart from briefly on Lap 16 as he made his first pit stop. Hamilton controlled the race to take victory from Rosberg, the remaining podium place being taken by Ricciardo, followed by 2015 winner Vettel.

    A happy coach returned back to the city, so that everyone could enjoy the last evening in Budapest, to celebrate Hamilton taking the lead in the championship and a record for the most wins in Hungary, five.

    Monday morning, following breakfast we picked up at the three hotels, to transfer back to the airport for the return flight to Heathrow, on time we got back early afternoon, saying goodbye as everyone headed home.

    A great weekend, unpredictable qualifying, sunny race day, a Hamilton win taking the championship lead.  A perfect race weekend.

    - Adrian N.



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