About Károly Méhes

Károly Méhes (born 1965) is a Hungarian F1 journalist and author. He has been covering F1 since 1990 for Hungarian and international magazines (The Paddock Magazine) and is also an expert for the Hungarian broadcaster. Since 1998, Méhes has published two dozen Formula 1 books, most recently a popular volume of interviews about Gilles Villeneuve (Pitch Publishing 2018). He lives in Pécs, South Hungary.

Road Trip: Discovering the motorsport history of Germany

Soon after the end of the coronavirus lockdown in Europe, Károly Méhes hit the road for a tour of the most important motorsport landmarks in Germany. Heppenheim The birthplace of Sebastian Vettel is a peaceful little town, characterised by its pretty timber houses from the Middle Ages. On a Sunday in June, Heppenheim is [...]

By |2020-07-23T14:57:45+02:00July 23rd, 2020|

Daggers & Wasp Stings: Medical Chief remembers the first Hungarian Grand Prix

Károly Méhes speaks to Prof. Dr. György Nemes, the medical chief at the inaugural Hungarian Grand Prix in 1986. Dr. Nemes, now aged 86, is a well-known traumatology specialist and orthopaedic surgeon. He was always interested in racing, but more importantly was an expert in treating injuries caused by car accidents. The right person [...]

By |2020-06-02T23:06:29+02:00June 2nd, 2020|

Pista di Fiorano, Enzo Ferrari’s own test track

Since 1972, Ferrari’s legendary test track has played a decisive role in the performance of the F1 team. Károly Méhes investigates. Despite moving his company base from Modena to Maranello during World War II, Enzo Ferrari continued to test his road and racing cars at Autodromo di Modena for the next 25 years. By [...]

By |2020-05-26T15:21:20+02:00May 26th, 2020|

Life under lockdown in Maranello, the home of Ferrari

Károly Méhes chats to Luca Fornetti, owner of an F1-themed shop in Maranello, about life during lockdown at the home of Ferrari. Images © Károly Méhes There’s always a buzz about Ferrari in Maranello. Not now. Italy has been one of the hardest hit countries by the coronavirus, and the situation in Emilia-Romagna, the [...]

By |2020-04-07T19:00:10+02:00April 7th, 2020|

Ferenc Szisz: The First Grand Prix Winner

Although races involving cars were taking place as early as 1894, the true birth of professional motorsport happened on 26-27 June 1906 when the first French Grand Prix was staged at the iconic Le Mans circuit. The winner was a Hungarian called Ferenc Szisz, and this is his story. The family of Ferenc Szisz  [...]

By |2020-01-01T23:14:00+01:00January 1st, 2020|

Myths & Memories: 1976 Japanese Grand Prix

On October 24, 1976. Fuji International Speedway hosts the inaugural Japanese Grand Prix. It would become one of the most famous title deciders in the history of motorsport. Károly Méhes reports. The 1976 Formula 1 World Championship had seen it all. A horror accident for Niki Lauda in Germany, a late season charge by [...]

By |2019-10-21T00:00:30+02:00October 20th, 2019|

Mika Salo: Six races with the Prancing Horse

Mika Salo competed in Formula 1 from 1994-2002, but achieved his biggest success when deputising at Ferrari for an injured Michael Schumacher in 1999. Károly Méhes caught up with the Finn 20 years on to look back on his time at the Scuderia. How did you enter the picture after Schumacher’s accident at Silverstone? [...]

By |2019-08-14T22:30:59+02:00August 14th, 2019|

EXCLUSIVE: Nigel Mansell on the Hungaroring

The Hungaroring holds a special place in the heart of Nigel Mansell. It's a circuit where he achieved one of his greatest victories (for Ferrari, in 1989) and the place where he was crowned the 1992 World Champion. Ahead of the 34th consecutive running of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Mansell talked to Károly Méhes [...]

By |2019-07-25T00:00:32+02:00July 24th, 2019|
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