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.

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|

A pilgrimage to Zolder, where Gilles Villeneuve lost his life

Hungarian F1 journalist Károly Méhes, author of several books devoted to Gilles Villeneuve, remembers his trip to the Zolder circuit in Belgium where the French-Canadian legend lost his life in 1982. Zolder hosted the Belgian Grand Prix ten times between 1973 and 1984 before the race returned to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, where it has [...]

By |2019-08-27T00:42:16+02:00August 27th, 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|

My first live F1 race, the 1982 British Grand Prix

Growing up in communist Hungary, my father often told me that the Iron Curtain would fall some day and that I should learn German and English to be ready. In 1982, he decided to send me to Britain to attend an English course. I got pretty excited when I realised that the British Grand [...]

By |2019-07-09T23:15:50+02:00July 9th, 2019|

1999 San Marino GP – Häkkinen fails in Ferrari land

For many years, the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola was the first act of the European season. A visit to Emilia Romagna in spring was always a welcome relief after a long European winter. This time, I travelled with a small group of Hungarian journalists as part of an organized trip. Four [...]

By |2019-05-21T00:12:01+02:00May 21st, 2019|

My first trip to Circuit de Catalunya

Hungarian Formula 1 journalist Károly Méhes reminisces about his first trip to the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in 2000. The start of the 2000 Formula 1 season brought three pole positions for the McLaren of Mika Hakkinen and three dominant victories by Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari, but an early-season slot [...]

By |2019-05-02T16:07:43+02:00May 2nd, 2019|

When F1 raced at Long Beach: US GP West, 1976-1983

By the mid-1970s, the United States Grand Prix had found its annual home at Watkins Glen in upstate New York. Then a new venue joined the fray. The inaugural USA West Grand Prix was held in Long Beach, California from 1976. All images from the 1978 & 1979 events  © Larry Roberts The new [...]

By |2019-03-23T13:18:05+01:00March 22nd, 2019|