Ricciardo completes Friday practice sweep

DANIEL Ricciardo topped the timesheets in a heavily-revised Red Bull in first practice for the Hungarian GP to offer encouragement of a three-way fight with Mercedes and Ferrari for supremacy at the Hungaroring.

He said: "You don't know what Ferrari and Mercedes are going to come up with and it looked like Ferrari found a bit more pace this afternoon, but we're still ahead". Nevertheless, there are positives to be taken from the pace displayed today, making the race on Sunday an exciting prospect.

The session was red flagged again with just five seconds remaining, when Palmer ran wide at Turn 4 and ran over the curbs which completely ripped his front wing from the auto.

"I went out again when everyone was doing long runs and the sector times were fine so we are up there and it's looking good".

Ferrari's German Sebastian Vettel, the 2017 Drivers Championship leader, one point ahead of Hamliton, lost control of his auto without crashing into the barriers, but managed to be sixth fastest with 1.077 seconds off the pace.

The four-time world champion is in the final year of his deal with the Scuderia and chairman Sergio Marchionne said at the Austrian Grand Prix that a renewal was exclusively down to the driver.

The Australian, who triumphed in Azerbaijan three races ago, was fastest in both practice sessions, clocking a quickest time of 1.18.455 in P2 to finish 0.183secs ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in second.

The high-downforce and relatively low-speed nature of the Hungaroring should suit the Red Bull, and after topping Friday practice Ricciardo is confident he can take the fight to championship leaders Ferrari and Mercedes.

Antonio Giovinazzi, filling in for Haas' Kevin Magnussen, lost control and hurtled into the barriers before Jolyon Palmer smashed right at the end of the first session, the red flags coming out for a second occasion. Wehrlein was able to get out of the vehicle and quickly cleared by the medical staff at the track, but the damage to his Sauber will leave the team with a big fix job to complete for Saturday's sessions.

Carlos Sainz Jr and Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top 10.

"It's been a tricky day with the red flags, but I think we can improve", said Vettel. "I genuinely feel we can". "There are three teams in it".


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