As F1 moves forward, some circuits get left behind. This is perhaps one of them.
The circuit is a bit like a giant go-kart track. Slow, narrow and twisty with only one straight of note, it rarely produces much action for the fans at home. Overtaking is extremely difficult and processional races are common.
Kind of like Monaco without the history, charm and walls.
But the drivers consider it challenging because they rarely get a break from cornering, and at least it adds a bit of variety to a calendar populated by Hermann Tilke designs.
The Hungaroring is also situated across a shallow valley, meaning there are some pleasant elevation changes to make things more interesting.
A lap begins on the pit straight, with a quite lengthy run towards the only "real" overtaking spot on the circuit, Turn 1. This corner was pushed back and tightened in 2003 to make passing slightly easier, and it's now a reasonably slow right-hand hairpin.
It opens on the exit through a kink to the right before a short straight.
Turns 2 and 3
The left-hander of Turn 2 is one of the best corners on the circuit, primarily due to the elevation change. It's a bit like a rollercoaster—the track drops downhill as the cars enter, and the slope remains all the way through the corner.
The elevation drop continues through Turn 3, a flat-out right-hander, and onto the straight which follows. Around halfway down the straight, the circuit bottoms out and begins to rise.
Turns 4 and 5
The track drifts ever-so-slightly right before the quick left of Turn 4, one of the circuit's better corners. The entry is blind and it looks very easy to get the exit wrong, but errors here happen less often than one might expect.
Turn 5 is a long, near-180-degree medium-speed right which follows almost immediately.
Turns 6 and 7
A short straight comes next, but we're well into the corner-filled section of the track now with little in the way of a rest until the end of the lap.
Turns 6 and 7 make up the circuit's only chicane. The first part is significantly tighter than the second, which allows the cars to get the power down quickly at the exit.
There are two sets of kerbs here—the outer ones which the driver will aim to ride over, and the inner ones which are there to stop them cutting the corner too much. The inner kerbs are rather nasty-looking, so care must be taken to avoid them.
Turns 8 and 9
Turn 8 is a medium-speed left which comes not long after the exit of the chicane, and Turn 9 is a very similar, though slightly slower right.
Turns 10 and 11
Another pair follows straight away, a little quicker this time. Turn 10 is the left, taken flat-out but not massively quickly, as the car hasn't had enough time to build up speed.
Turn 11 is the slightly-tighter right, a bit slower but still medium speed.
A short straight follows, giving the drivers a few seconds of rest before preparing for the tight left-hander of Turn 12. It's around 90-degrees, and has a downhill braking zone.
Turns 13 and 14
The end of the lap is in sight, and Turn 13 is a long, medium-speed left not unlike Turn 2. It seems to last forever, and the slippery nature of the circuit means a few tenths can easily be lost in here.
Turn 14 is the final corner. Again it's long and medium-speed, lasting a long time before spitting the cars out onto the pit straight. A good exit is crucial, as it leads onto the longest full-throttle section of the circuit.
The pit lane entry is on the inside of Turn 14, with the exit on the pit straight just before Turn 1.