Grand Prix Gold: Hungarian GP 1986

Grand Prix Gold: Hungarian GP 1986

Hungary was awash with F1 fever as the Hungaroring hosted its inaugural grand prix - the first behind the Iron Curtain. Record crowds thus bore witness to a titanic battle between Williams' Nelson Piquet and Lotus' Ayrton Senna

Nelson Piquet – Ayrton Senna – Nigel Mansell is how they finished, for the second time in as many weeks, and now Mansell's world championship lead is starting to come under siege, particularly from the man in the other Williams. "In the constructors' championship," one cynic asked after the race, "do the two Williams-Hondas count as one team?" Well, yes – in that respect, anyway. After the race though it was clear that some Williams-Hondas are more equal than others. And Mansell was seething.

The Hungarian Grand Prix was a massive success in nearly every respect. The track is a little too slow, the marshals obviously low on experience, but the organisation was miraculous and the event's future settled. A colossal crowd watched Piquet and Senna battle it through for two full hours.

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