“Racing has always been a big part of my life. It’s my passion. All the work I put in is to become the best. I am a competitor and will not rest till I get what I am after.”
In the summer of 1983, the attention of the Formula One decision makers turned away from Moscow and towards Budapest in Hungary, whose national sporting authority was keen to put the country back on the map of global motorsport. At first a street race through Budapest was suggested, but in the end the decision was taken to build a brand new circuit in a valley 19 kilometres outside Budapest.
The valley provided natural vantage points for spectators and in 1985 work began on the Hungaroring. The track opened in 1986 and it held its first Formula One event in August that year. It was a huge success and almost 200,000 fans showed up.
There are enough sights in Budapest to keep you busy for a week, and they are spread all over the city, so don’t limit yourself to just one area. To name just a few of the highlights: the Hungarian National Gallery, which is situated in the wings of the Royal Palace; the Lukacs Thermal Baths; Heroes Square and Castle Hill, situated on the Buda side of the river Danube.
As far as restaurants are concerned, most of the international cuisine is situated on the Pest side of the river, with gems such as Articsoka, La Bodega and Iguana. For Hungarian specialities, try Bagolyvar or Mori Borozo.