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Andrew Benson | 17:05 UK time, Monday, 26 July 2010

The 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix is the chosen race for the latest edition of our classic Formula 1 races series.

So we will broadcast the full 'Grand Prix' highlights programme of the time for that race, as well as the shorter highlights package we cut for all the selected events - 1992, 1998, 2007 and 2009.

The Grand Prix programme from 1990 is embedded below, with the links to the other races underneath it.

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The classic races will be broadcast on the BBC red button in the UK on satellite and cable television from 2100 BST on Wednesday until Saturday. They will be on Freeview from 1830-2015 on Friday.

After last week's deviation from normal service, I'm sure regular readers of this blog will be pleased to hear that the 1990 race was the most popular among respondents.

It is an event that has gone down in history because its winner, Thierry Boutsen, was far from the fastest man in the race, but he crossed the line first by basically holding up a train of cars from start to finish.

The Belgian had taken pole position from Williams team-mate Riccardo Patrese, but initially the pressure behind him came from the McLaren of Gerhard Berger, who passed the Italian at the start.

As the race developed, Patrese and then the Benetton of Alessandro Nannini took their turn behind Boutsen but they, too, found it impossible to pass on the twisty, dusty Hungaroring.

The pressure really began to mount in the last 25 laps, by which time McLaren driver Ayrton Senna - who was on fresher tyres than Boutsen and Nannini after making a pit stop following a puncture - was up to third.

On lap 64, with 13 to go, Senna saw his chance and dived for the inside of Nannini at the chicane. It was an optimistic move and the two collided - Nannini was out on the spot but the Brazilian continued with an undamaged car.

Even Senna, though, was unable to pass Boutsen. Whether he didn't barge the Williams out of the way because the two were friends off the track, or whether the opportunity simply did not come up, we'll never know.

But Boutsen crossed the line as the winner and the Hungaroring's reputation as a track where passing was all but impossible was sealed for good.


  • Comment number 1.

    Dang. BBC really needs to embrace h.264 and lose Flash. I want watch these on my iPad! :)
    Also, where's 1989? Nige' winning from 12th on the grid?

  • Comment number 2.

    F1archives_dot_com - The 1989 race was shown as last years choice for the full highlights.

  • Comment number 3.

    where is 2006?

  • Comment number 4.

    Great, been on holiday, hence not voting, shame, good choice too. Thanks again, still really enjoying this.

  • Comment number 5.

  • Comment number 6.

    Been on holiday for a couple of weeks so haven't been able to vote on the last 2, however, it looks like you've been spoiling us with Freeview coverage. Well done.

    Don't ask me why, (because i honestly don't know) but when i was a kid, Thierry Boutsen was my favorite Driver so great to see him in action here.

    No idea what the Classic GP format will be next year, but surely after this year and last year we have covered all the Classics from this dreadful track.

  • Comment number 7.

    How can 1990 have been exciting? I went outside and watched the grass grow while the race was on it was so boring. 1989 and the Mansell charge was a good race, and I was never a Mansell fan. But Hungary has never produced a really exciting race. Its a terrible circuit. The most exciting thing ever to happen there was Piquet showing the god fearing Senna a rubber cross in his pass at the first corner in 1987

  • Comment number 8.

    What strategies do drivers and their teams use during a race?Besides the driver, who are the other people on the team?
    And Why is a Formula One car still a car, even though it has got no roof, doors, or bonnet?

  • Comment number 9.

    #8 - slightly bizzare questions there! As far as i'm aware a car doesnt have to have a roof, door or bonnet. All it needs is an engine and more than two wheels (though i've been wrong before)

    Back to the subject of the blog - thanks Andrew, after last weeks contretemps, you actually decided to go along with the views of the majority ;)

  • Comment number 10.

    Curious that 1997 fails to get a look-in. It featured possibly the closest grid ever with Schumacher, Villeneuve and Frentzen all together to the one-thousandth of a second (the grid determined only by the order in qualification in which they posted their times) and Damon Hill four one-thousandths behind those three in the outsider Arrows.
    Then, to everyone's disbelief, Damon takes the lead (silencing some of his critics from his Williams period) only to lose it a couple of laps from the end with hydraulic failure.

  • Comment number 11.

    Post 10: Again, like post 1 asking for 1989, 1997 was part of last years selection.

  • Comment number 12.

    Good choice Andrew.Blog number 7 ..the piquet/senna first corner moves were 1986 not 87' and blog number 8 what planet are you on? ITS GOT 4 WHEELS AN ENGINE A STEERING WHEEL A GEARBOX SUSPENSION AND A DRIVER , THEREFORE ITS A CAR MATE!!! Give me strength.Also number 8 your question about stratagies during a race is the singlemost vague question about f1 I have ever heard !!!Do you know anything about this 'sport' ?

  • Comment number 13.

    Oh and number 10 the race your talking about where the 3 divers had the same quali time was Jerez I believe not Hungary!!!!Come on guys LOL!!

  • Comment number 14.


    Thanks for your responses so far. Can I just say to the people who are asking for 1989, 1997 and 2006 that these races were all part of last year's classic Hungary selection.

    This is the second year of classic races and we obviously are introducing different selections this year than last.


  • Comment number 15.

    thanks andrew for these great races

  • Comment number 16.

    As long as Legard isnt commentating on the race, i dont mind which one you choose!

  • Comment number 17.

    @10 - You seem to be confusing Europe 1997 and Hungary 1997. It was Europe where the three drivers qualified with exactly the same time, and Hill did indeed qualify 4th. However, in Hungary 1997, he qualified 3rd, and passed Schumacher for the lead on the 3rd or 4th lap - not taking the lead from the start (that was Belgium 1998!) Hill never led the race in Jerez

    Thanks for putting up 1990, best of the bunch, but as others have said, I think the best lot came up last year!

  • Comment number 18.

  • Comment number 19.

    Hello Andrew hello everyone. It was nice to see the 1990 Hungarian grand prix. Ayrton Senna move on Nigel Mansell and then on Riccardo Patrese was class. Especially on a track which is notoriously bumpy and dusty.

  • Comment number 20.

    1997 should be on the list..Damon should have won..had me sitting on the edge of the chair.quit how he got that car to the front i will never know.

  • Comment number 21.

    Given the number of times people ask for things that were either on the list last year, or are only available as short ITV edits, I wonder why Andrew bothers even asks the opinion of so-called fans.

    Anyway Andrew, excellent choice last week, best of a relatively poor lot this week. Thanks to whomsoever it is that gets these on freeview. F is the only sport worth watching, unless ferrari win of course.

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Andrew. Watching the 1990 highlights remind me how good it was when the introduction included some actual F1 clips, and not CGI.

    Can you fix it for me and millions of others to rid the BBC of that 'CGI graduate project' in favour of some REAL F1 drama please?


  • Comment number 23.

    Ditto #21, it's a bit annoying isn't it?! I am getting ready for the responses to choices for Spa... "Why haven't you gone for 1998??!! Best race ever" LOL. Maybe one day they'll read the top of your blog Andrew!

    Whilst I was hoping for 1992, I'm happy with 1990 as it is good to have a race from the golden era of Prost/Senna/Mansell/Piquet (my earliest memories of F1).

    Why is it Senna got away with so many collisions in his career? If he had be driving in this era I'm sure he'd have got a 25 second penalty or something like that. Later in 1990 he drove into Prost to seal the World Championship at Suzuka. Fast forward 7 years and Michael Schumacher tried the same thing and was disqualified from the championship!!!

    Truly great driver though, the Top Gear special was top notch.

  • Comment number 24.

    The 1990 race is worth watching if only for Jean Alesi's haircut. What a mullet!! :-)

  • Comment number 25.

    Thanks for putting the 1990 race up Andrew. An intruiging affair- great to see the backmarkers getting right in the way of things too! Back in the days when overtaking the slower cars was one of the many skills a top driver needed during the race, whereas today the slower cars just jump out of the way (or indeed are actually so close to the leaders' pace that they don't get lapped anyway).

  • Comment number 26.

    Great to see the full highlights of 1990. That was the year before I started watching the races.

    Cheers Andrew.


  • Comment number 27.

    Unfortunately it's hard to come up with a classic race for the Hungarian GP!

    In advance of the choice of Classic GP being offered for the Belgian GP, could you try and include at least one race from the days of the old Spa circuit? It was far longer in those days, even more challenging (and horrendously dangerous, thus why the Belgian GP moved to Nivelles-Baulers and Zolder in the '70's).

    If possible it would be nice to see a choice for one of the two races held at Nivelles-Baulers (1972 and 1974). Not a classic track by any means, but would be nice to see for the novelty value.

  • Comment number 28.

    Classic Senna dilusion and spin...." dont know what happened , Nannini didnt see me or he just closed the door"!!!!! How about Senna took a deliberate punt on Nannini(as did Berger on Mansell,probably didnt like being overtaken on the outside my Mansell for the second time that year)to take out a potential winner , Nannini in my opinion was robbed of a victory that day , that overtake from Senna was never on and would be punished by modern day stewards !I still think Senna was great though , just flawed !

  • Comment number 29.

    @23 Tim_1985: "Later in 1990 he drove into Prost to seal the World Championship at Suzuka."

    How come no-one mentions what Prost did to Senna at Suzuka the year before, to 'seal' (may be a 't' missing) the world championship? There was inevitability in the 1st corner collision - revenge may have been reheated in the microwave so it wasn't entirely cold but it was certainly a dish on the menu that day!

  • Comment number 30.

    I would like to concur with #16,Jonathon Legard is the worst commentator I have ever heard.He is even making Brundle sound bad , with his awful cliches and pointless sound bites.."by the way" .."how about this" .."Is he through? no he Isnt Is he ? yes he is" BBC please note that this Legard Is spoiling everyones raceday.He has no real knowledge of Formula 1 , nor does he fully understand the history either ,please get rid!! If I had to make a choice for a replacement (as good as Crofty is and doing a great job) I would get Henry Hope-Frost alongside Brundle , Kmowledge passion and humour ..the next Murray!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 31.

    'BBC please note that this Legard Is spoiling everyones raceday'

    He's not spoiling mine. I have no problem with him or his commentary. Most of the reasons people state could have been applied to Murray in his day, but everyone loved him (including me).

    There does seem to be some kind of witch hunt going on against Legard, but as usual with these things I suspect it is a fairly small group with too much time on their hands to post multiple times to all the usual F1 forums. I daresay the vast majority of people have no problem with him.

  • Comment number 32.

    Re: #29

    I get your point that the Prost/Senna incident in 1989 does get a little overlooked but it was slightly different...

    In 1989 they were both going into a slow chicane side by side. Maybe Prost should have yielded but then again, I doubt Senna would have if he'd been in that situation. In 1990 they were going flat out into the 1st corner and Senna was no-where near to getting alongside Prost and simply drove him off the road (he admitted later on that he meant it too!). Thankfully neither were hurt in the accident. But this is part of the wonderful history of the sport and I wouldn't change it; I just wish that the stewards went a little easier on another McLaren driver who has a yellow helmet!

    On a side note...

    Watching the Hungary 1990 GP back again I felt sorry for Mansell being punted off by Berger when he was in 3rd; poor old Nige had a lot of crashes (32 I believe in F1 races, one more than his wins!). At least we got to see Mansell win the championship at the Hungary 1992 race; it wasn't quite Japan 1996 when Murray had to stop because he had "a lump in his throat", but all the same Murray & James Hunt both sounded so pleased for him. It was a nice touch that you included the post race interview where Murray & Nige embraced. Happy memories :)

  • Comment number 33.

    Just another note on the Prost / Senna incident in Suzuka 1990. Ayrton qualified on pole with Alain second. I understand (and please correct me if I am wrong!) that Alain then managed to get the grid switched so that he would start on the clean side of the track instead of Ayrton. Incensed by this, Ayrton declared that he would not yield into the first corner and effectively implied that, if it came to it, he would take out Alain...

    In terms of classic Hungary races, 1989 will be hard to beat simply for Nigel's progression from 12th to the eventual win. Whilst it is not the greatest of tracks for overtaking, the bigger problem is with today's car (yes, CAR - despite some of the coments I have read on here!) design. Qualifying on Saturday and the dash to the first corner on Sunday will probably be quite critical unless one or two manage a great tyre strategy.

  • Comment number 34.

    Re: #33

    You've got that the wrong way round. Senna qualified on pole but was unhappy at which side this was positioned on and requested it to be changed. It was initially agreed that the position would be changed but the FISA president overruled the decision. There are, however, suggestions that Balestre, who was FISA president at the time, was on particularly good terms with Prost.

    Make of it what you will, but it must be considered that if Balestre was so keen on a Prost victory then Senna would have been disqualified as he most certainly should have been.

    Also the incident in '89 was rather different. Senna made a habit of putting his car in a position where a crash was inevitable unless the other driver took evasive action, as Brundle mentioned in the Top Gear piece. Prost stated before the race that if Senna were to put his car in such a position again then he would not avoid the accident. Inevitably, Senna did attempt this type of manoeuvre and, inevitably, Prost turned in.

  • Comment number 35.

    Oh Murray Walker I MISS YOUR COMMENTARY!!!!!

    But still, we're all so lucky to still have you on board for the Q&A videos. :)

    (Good highlights, as usual Andrew!)

  • Comment number 36.

    I agree with Greenlegend!

    The only 'exciting' Hungarian grand prix that I can remember watching, having only been watching Formula 1 since Imola 1994 (yes what an awful introduction to the sport that was!) are the 1997 and 1998 races.

    Damon's performance in 1997 was truly ridiculous, and Schumacher's 25 second gain in 20 laps in 1998 was probably the best 20-lap stint of his entire, stellar, career!

  • Comment number 37.

    Haha! next time i'm read all the posts before inserting my foot in my mouth! my bad! :P

  • Comment number 38.

    #31 I do not 'multiple post to the usual f1 forums' as you so put it,in fact I dont bother with any of those,this is the only one I bother with.I am just expressing an opinion that I have that Legard is un-educated about F1,James Allen would be welcome back or Crofty would be good, but I very much doubt weather Legard will end up being loved as Murray is because he has'nt the charisma Murray had,or the knowledge or the PASSION!He sounds like an uninformed bloke down the pub,who's just had the Mic shoved in his face , as I said before he even rubs off on Brundle.Give the job to Hope-Frost.

  • Comment number 39.

    I started the season off by wondering what all the rudeness about Legard was about. He really was'nt a problem for me. However, I'm just beginning to see why some people have a problem with him. I've noticed it in the last couple of grand prix, the guy just wont shut up even for 2 seconds. There are times when I find myself sitting there begging for him to stop talking for just 30 seconds so my ears can have a rest but I end up silently screaming inside my head. The thing is, its okay to talk incessantly if what you're saying is both interesting, inciteful and relevant, but half the time, Mr Legard just waffles on about nothing important. It's annoying.

    I was thinking about this during the practise sessions at Germany, I think Crofty could do a decent job. I never used to listen to any of the five live coverage but I have to say, he's impressed me. I just dont like that little girly relationship he's got going with Anthony. I say split them up and throw Crofty in with Martin.

    Other than that, the only other suggestion I would have is to break from protocol altogether and do away with this commentator-backed-up-by-ex-driver/techie and just have two ex-driver types in there talking about the race....that would be 0% waffle, 100% drivers eye view.

    That last idea may be a bit too radical for the Beeb though. I get the feeling breaking from "proven" protocol may be a step to far for them to even consider.

  • Comment number 40.

    Any chance of showing the full highlights on freeview within the advertised time slot next time. Just got home from work to find the 1990 Hungarian GP was shown early and is not on my recording. I watch any of the short highlights i'm interested in on the website but like to watch and keep a recording of the BBC full highlights on Freeview. After the European GP not being shown on Freeview and the problems with the sound on the German GP this was really dissapointing.

  • Comment number 41.

    as for post no 40...
    I set my video up to record the classic GPs as advised on the freeview EPG but find i have only the last 5 mins of the 1990 race (the one i wanted to see the most) because the BBC have changed the broadcast time.. thanks BBC, its why I pay my TV licence fee.
    Why do you give freeview customers such a rubbish service??
    either the Classics are not shown on freeview or you change the times so we miss them!!!
    Thanks a lot BBC... I am begining to think that ITV or SKY would do a better job (but perish the thought)
    Come on BBC.. get your act together for your viewers.

  • Comment number 42.

    "1. At 10:49am on 28 Jul 2010, F1archives_dot_com wrote:
    Dang. BBC really needs to embrace h.264 and lose Flash. I want watch these on my iPad! :)"

    Perhaps Apple should just allow Flash to run and you would get access to the majority of internet content rather than the minority that runs on their proprietary, anti-competitive, devices...

  • Comment number 43.

    For starters - the fact that the BBC is even making an effort with this classic stuff is great - ITV certainly didn't and are missing a trick by not doing so given that there's 12 years worth of highlights shows that the BBC aren't allowed to show.

    Hungary '90: Hadn't really seen Boutson on form before...and probably still haven't, bigger eyebrow raisers were the two barges.

    Legard: Meh, he's allright. Googled Henry Hope-Frost and found that he's just some Le Mans PA guy!

  • Comment number 44.

    Andrew, Since we have a 4 week break can we see more classic grand prix on the website from tracks which are no longer on the calendar.

    For example:
    San Marino

  • Comment number 45.

    Schumacher's legacy. In my opinion a dangerous never has been with a screw loose. Not the first time or the last that he has done this and those claiming he did nothing wrong must have been watching the golf. He should never be allowed on the track again.
    Vetell shows similar traits so it must be a German thing.


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