Formula One’s two managing directors, Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches were delighted with the thrill the sport provided over the 2017 Hungarian GP which marked the last race before the action goes on its well-deserved holiday.
This year’s Hungarian GP saw the 32nd race in the small East-European country. The race weekend provided a thrilling action not only on the track, but also off the circuit. The newly created F1 Experience programme which included runs in a two-seater formula car, concerts on an enormous stage behind the main grandstands, a series of exciting activities especially created for the fans like pit stop practices, reflex tests all entertained the huge crowd which flocked to the race track located just outside the mesmerizing and beautiful Hungarian capital, Budapest.
2017 saw the Hungaroring host the Hungarian GP for the 32nd consecutive time. The dwindling spectators’ numbers got a U-turn this year. 79000 spectators visited the event on Sunday while the the whole visitors’ number saw an increase of 23000 to last year.
Ross Brawn, the managing director of motorsports was delighted with the race action which was mainly triggered by the victorious Sebastian Vettel’s steering issues.
“Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari, who were on convincing form all weekend. Everything seemed set in stone at the start of this afternoon’s race, but the way it evolved proved once again how important it is for every single factor, from the car to the drivers to the team, to operate at 100% if one wants to win. In fact, it didn’t take much to cast doubt over Vettel’s victory, with the race thus building up to a nail biting finale, right down to the final kilometre.”
The former Ferrari technical chief was also content with the off-track entertainment Formula One offered over the weekend.
“The great on track show at the Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydíj 2017, also extended off the track in the team areas and other spectator zones, which were packed with thousands of fans. The “F1 Experience” was particularly popular, allowing a few lucky fans to experience all the excitement that comes from being driven around the track in a two-seater Formula 1 car,” concluded Brawn.
Sean Bratches, the managing director of the commercial operations was mainly impressed by the huge international crowd on the Hungaroring. The wonderful Budapest also convinced him about the reason why Formula One has visited Hungary for the 32nd consecutive time.
“The second half of the season got underway with a Grand Prix that really surprised me in terms of the great enthusiasm of the huge crowd that flocked to the Hungaroring from all over Europe. They were treated to a tense race that was closely contested right down to the wire. It proves that this sport can really offer great excitement and put on a fantastic show from the first to the last lap. Budapest is a beautiful city, which has welcomed Formula 1 for over thirty years, with warmth and passion and it’s a real pleasure to be here for what is now a regular fixture on the calendar,” said Bratches.