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Hungaroring to see further upgrades

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Hungary is planning to continue renovating its Hungaroring race track, which hosts the annual Formula One race, in the upcoming 3–4 years, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said following talks with Bernie Ecclestone, chief executive of the Formula One Group, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his victory yesterday. (Photo: MTI/Tamás Kovács)

“The track has been resurfaced and new curbs and drains put in place. Next year, we want to renovate the main building, or build a new one. We also want to renovate the grandstand on the home stretch and the bleachers next to the track,” Szijjártó said before practice for Sunday’s Grand Prix, according to MTI. 

The Hungarian government has allocated HUF 5 billion for the upgrades at the track, Szijjártó said. Hungary is contracted to host the F1 race annually until 2026, the minister added, noting that more favorable contract terms are expected to kick in from 2021.

Lewis Hamilton finished first in the F1 race Sunday, followed by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in second and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in third position.

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