Daniel Ricciardo fastest in Hungary F1 Grand Prix practice, Sebastian Vettel second

Emilio Banks
July 30, 2017

Mercedes will start directly behind on row two but neither Lewis Hamilton, who struggled to fourth, nor team boss Toto Wolff are particularly optimistic about the world champions' prospects of claiming victory in Budapest.

In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 330 points, Ferrari is second with 275 points and Red Bull is third with 174 points. Vettel made the most of it with aplomb and it bodes well for the race.

Ferrari's performance on Saturday, starting in the morning practice, was a huge step forward after a subdued Friday. With no win since May's Monaco Grand Prix, it is a great chance for the German to go into the summer break on a high and with his championship lead enhanced.

"We knew Ferrari were quick and we were aware of their pace". "The auto has been incredible today and I love this track". And we found the operating window of the tyre better and we recovered - but it wasn't enough.

"I like the track, I'm just going to enjoy it". Front row for us is incredible!

That seems to be reflected in the qualifying results, with Sebastian Vettel taking pole position for Ferrari and team mate Kimmi Raikkonen in second, for a Ferrari one-two start in the race tomorrow. "Nothing has been won today".

Vettel's time of 1m16.276s smashed the existing track record set by Rubens Barrichello in 2004.

"Chances are good. The balance of the auto was better today".

But he had to abort his first run in the final part after running wide, complaining of vibrations to the tyres, with the pressure piled on as the clock ticked down and no margin for error.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was fourth on the timesheets for Red Bull.

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"But obviously the mistake in the second to last lap compromised Lewis' final run".

"Silverstone for sure was not the best weekend for us [where he finished seventh after a late puncture]".

On his 36th birthday, the Spaniard was 0.345secs quicker than his rookie team-mate.

This means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app, which if you're an existing customer, is also available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices. Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr rounded out the top ten.

While one Briton had seized all the attention at the front end, another stood out at the back with Paul di Resta making his first appearance in qualifying since 2013 as a last-minute replacement for an unwell Felipe Massa at Williams.

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This time, it appears that Mercedes is on the back foot.

The damage to the Haas was so severe that Kevin Magnussen, whose auto Giovinazzi had been commandeered, was able to set just 11 laps after his mechanics finished repairing his vehicle late in free practice two.

Kevin Magnussen suffered a narrow knock-out in Q1, finishing 16th after setting the same lap time as Perez.

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