Drive an F1, Hungarian GP circuit, Hungaroring.
Full Grand Prix Circuit Length: 3.97 kilometres lap
Located just 20 kilometres outside of Budapest the Hungaroring first hosted a GP back in 1986. It was purpose built for F1 and is a track from the ‘old days’. Unlike the latest cloned and even boring F1 circuits this track is quite narrow, very twisty but fast. The Hungaroring is a favourite amongst the F1 drivers and always seems to produce a great race. It’s difficult to overtake here but it is also fast and with plenty of corners you will really feel the F1 working hard as you power around the track that has produced many memorable moments….Jensen Button’s first F1 win, Damon Hill almost giving Arrows their only victory before the car limped home in second place, Hamilton’s five GP victories and the Senna-Prost battles. This is a challenging track. Mercedes driver Bottas calls it ‘..the most intense track.’ Hulkenberg says …’challenging, old school and usually a great race.’ Alonso comments ‘..a great circuit, bit like a street track, fun to drive’ and finally Max Verstappen simply states ‘The Hungaroring? A great track.’
Wildside provide more F1 driving programmes than anyone. And remember there is no catch – all you need is an ordinary driving license and that’s it. You can then be taking to the track in a full-house F1 with no rev limits and no speed limits. And that includes the 2.4 litre V8 2011 Williams FW33 – the most current F1 car available anywhere. Other F1′ s available at the circuit feature: Benetton B198, Prost AP04, Jaguar R2. You will also be out in the Formula Renault 2.0 (paddle shift) single seater race cars as part of the training schedule. The courses are very one-to-one with a maximum of 18 drivers on the day.
There is a strictly limited number of driving places available at Hungaroring with the F1 Driving Programme being staged just 2 times in the whole year.
Remember you are in control. But don’t just take our word for it read what the best-selling author Iain Banks said in Car magazine: “The F1 cars are still the genuine article – 700bhp in a body weighing less than 600kg. No rev limiter, no following a pace car and no F3 engine in a F1 body. The power is crushing, awesome, frightening, dazzling. The car reacts to every input like it’s responding to intentions, not actions. I’ve driven more intensely than I’ve ever driven in my life. I felt, and feel, incredibly privileged. So, is it worth it? Worth re-mortgaging the house.”
F1 Driver for the Day will put a serious dent in your bucket list!
Upon arrival at the circuit you will be kitted out in F.I.A. approved race gear then taken through a technical briefing and circuit tour that is an education in itself. Before being let loose in the F1 you will take to the track to get up to speed in a single seater Formula Renault car – huge fun in its own right!
Then after lunch and the F1 briefing, we go straight to the main event – Formula 1.
You won’t arrive at the track to find a crowd of other participants. A maximum of just 18 other drivers per day ensures you get the attention you require for an activity of this nature. Best of all there is a truly refreshing approach from the instructors who are genuinely keen for you to really experience the incredible power and g-forces generated by these cars. This is a world apart from the usual driving school “sausage factory” approach with artificial rev limits and over-bearing instructors. You can also have on-board camera footage of your F1 driving day downloaded to a USB stick so you will be able to relive your day again and again!
The whole experience is beyond description. It is the very stuff that dreams are made of.
THE F1 COURSE
07.45 – Arrive circuit, welcome, coffee
08.15 – Distribution of FIA approved race-suits and safety equipment
08.30 – Technical Briefing: The Circuit – Gearbox – Weight Distribution – Braking – Acceleration
09.30 – Tour of the circuit to learn correct race lines and braking zones
10.30 – 1st session of Formula Renault (F3) training with debrief & feedback
11.30 – 2nd session of Formula Renault (F3) training with full debrief
12.30 – Lunch
13.30 – Formula 1 Technical Briefing: Gearbox – Dashboard & Paddle-shift operation – Braking
14.30 – Formula 1 sessions
17.00 – Optional F1 passenger rides in unique 3-seater
17.30 – Presentation of diplomas
Budapest combines the romance of Paris with the beauty of Prague, but it beats them both with a unique influence of the east and the Ottoman Empire. Visitors will also find that there really is nowhere quite like Budapest. Known as the ‘Queen of the Danube’ this is a city that offers fabulous architectural style, cobbled streets, superb hotels and lively nightlife. And somehow it all feels truly authentic – the historic Ottoman baths here are the real thing – not an artistic recreation. Admire the buildings from Baroque and Neoclassical to Art Nouveau and neo-Gothic; as you stroll the city’s elegant tree-lined boulevards, pop into its many leafy parks or enjoy a drink or meal in the 1,000-year-old heart of the capital. This is a fabulous city.
THE BASE FOR YOUR TOUR
Perfectly located in the historic centre of Budapest the 5 star Boscolo is one of the superb Autograph Collection residences and is an elegant 19th-century building close to the Opera and Andrássy Boulevard. The generous, air-conditioned bedrooms feature beautiful Italian furniture and luxurious fabrics such as pure silk wallpaper plus beautiful Murano glass chandeliers. The Spa at the Boscolo Budapest includes a sauna, a steam bath and a relaxation pool. Dining opportunities feature the hotel’s New York Café, with frescoes and gilded stucco columns, an elegant bar with live piano music and the award winning Salon Fine Dining restaurant serves fabulous traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist. A fitting hotel for a Formula One driver…..
Pick up hire car at airport and drive to the five star Hotel Boscolo in the heart of Budapest. The day is free to explore the city – relax before the big day ahead. Evening – At your leisure
F1 driving course
Whole day at your leisure in Budapest then drop the hire car at the airport before Flying home.