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The Hungaroring in Mogyoród, Hungary, hosts the 10th round of the 2014 Formula 1 season.

It will be the 29th Hungarian Grand Prix to have been featured on the F1 calendar and will lead the sport into its summer break.

The track has retained most of the original layout that debuted in 1986, with tweaks to turn one and a few modifications to the final sector being the only real changes over the years.

Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are the most successful drivers at the race, having each won the event four times. Ayrton Senna is next on the list with three victories, while McLaren tops the constructors’ table on 11 wins – four ahead of Williams.

A lap of the 2.722 mile track starts on the long start/finish straight, with the exit of the pit lane to the right on the slightly downhill run to turn one.

The first corner is the best overtaking spot on the circuit, particularly with the positioning of the first DRS zone, and is a slow right-hand hairpin. Turn two is next up, with the medium-speed, long left-hander also being a good place to pass.

The second DRS zone is situated on the straight that leads on to the second corner, which will also help with overtaking. Turn three is a fast right-hand kink that leads on to yet another straight, although this one is relatively short.

The high-speed turn four kink, a left-hander, is the first corner in the second sector and is followed by the long right of turn five. Another short burst on the power leads to the tight turn six and seven chicane.

The left-hander of turn eight, the slightly slower right-hander of turn nine, the high-speed left of turn 10 and the following turn 11 (a right-hand corner) make up the sweeping final section of the second sector.

Turn 12 is a 90-degree right, before the two long, slow hairpins (the 13th and 14th corners on the circuit) complete the lap. The pit lane entry cuts inside the final turn.

The track is quite narrow and contains a mix of medium and slow corners, making it a tricky and challenging layout to get right. Temperatures are often very hot in Hungary, but rain can also shake things up over a race weekend.

Pirelli will bring the medium and soft tyre to the event, as the number of low-speed turns and the low grip track surface put an emphasis on mechanical grip. A high downforce set-up is often used at this track.

Overtaking is notoriously tricky at the Hungaroring, which previously produced some processional races. Last year saw Hamilton storm to his first win for Mercedes after dominating the event, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel completing the podium.

So who will be fast this weekend? Well, undoubtedly, Mercedes will be the team to be once more, while the fight to be best of the rest will surely be a close one. Red Bull Racing and Ferrari will certainly be battling to be second best, but expect strong challenges from Williams, Force India and McLaren too.

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