In June 1906, the very first automobile Grand Prix in the history was won by an adventurous Hungarian. Ferenc Szisz, born in Szeghalom competed at Le Mans, France. By this time, people from all over world were familiar with the carburetor that had been developed and patented by János Csonka and Donát Bánki. Lucky Americans however still had 20 years to wait to finally get the chance to drive the now legendary T-model. The designer of which amongst others was Makó born József Galamb.
Building on these traditions as well, we have created a comprehensive strategy of motorsport development, which handles this extreamly complex field in the widest possible context. How far would a good racing driver or rider get, if there were no engineers and technicians? No designers, constructors, developers and operators collaborating with the racers? If there were no safe tracks to host races? If it were not the most experienced stewards, judges or technical experts in charge of safety and fair play at the events?
HUMDA Hungarian Mobility Development Agency, founded by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology. It was established to strengthen the position of Hungary in motorsport. An area that is continuously redefining itself due to the altered needs and requirements of today’s society. As the significance of the first Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix back in 1986 went beyond the world of sports, now, too, it is important not to think only within the limits of tyre walls and guardrails.
Our plan is to attract technological companies to Hungary, whose activities of interest lies in motorsports or automotive industry. With the intention of providing stable and predictable workplaces for Hungarian engineers. To ensure this, the promoting of engineering education at Hungarian universities is also of necessity. The world of motorsport is an excellent opportunity for this.
Meanwhile, our main goal is to find future racing drivers and riders as well. Successors of the 2007 125 ccm motorbike World Champion, Gábor Talmácsi and the 2019 WTCR Champion, Norbert Michelisz. We are striving to achieve this with the help of our continuously developing and optimised selection method. A method aiming to highlight those with the greatest ability and talent via measurable and objective data.
Naturally, not everyone jumping in a kart or on a mini motor becomes a racer. However, when one does, it is essential that it should be under the safest circumstances possible. With the guidance of experienced professionals.
As the Government Commissioner for road safety, I strongly believe that with suitable methods of perception management, we are able to reduce the number of fatal accidents on public roads. For the sake of this cause, Hungary has joined the Road Safety Fund of the UN, and has adopted the good practices and experiences of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
Regarding championships: our aim is to keep the firm place Hungary has in the calendars of the Formula 1 World Championships, the World Touring Car Racing series, and the European Rally Championships. Furthermore to welcome racing series like Moto GP or other championships in our country introducing and using new and continuously developing technologies.