Daniel Ricciardo hopes for pole fight after topping Friday sessions


Ricciardo's time of 1:18.455 was 0.183s quicker than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, as less than half a second covered the leading six drivers, and the Australian is hopeful of carrying his pace through to Saturday.

"Today was good, it was certainly a positive day, to replicate the same pace as this morning in the afternoon [was] positive. I'm sure the other teams will bring a bit more tomorrow, but I also think we have a bit more to find".

Ricciardo clocked a 1m18.486s on the super-soft Pirelli tyres, which was just 0.05 seconds slower than the fastest lap of the Hungaroring in an F1 vehicle, set by Rubens Barrichello in 2004.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, a point behind the German in the standings and chasing a record sixth Hungarian victory on Sunday, was third and fifth respectively in the two sessions.

In the morning, Ricciardo was 0.234 seconds quicker than Raikkonen and 0.372 ahead of Hamilton on a Hungaroring circuit that proved slippery despite warm weather conditions.

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Max Verstappen ended the session sixth in the second Red Bull ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, who once again led Renault's charge.

Fernando Alonso was eighth for McLaren ahead of fellow-Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and his McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne.

With Robert Kubica testing for Renault next week, amid speculation about what once seemed an impossible comeback after the Pole partially severed his forearm in 2011, Palmer needs to do something special.

Palmer brought an early end to the session when he ran wide at Turn 4, driving over the exit kerb, which shattered his front wing, caused a puncture and scattered debris across the track. He went to the circuit medical centre but was reported to be fine.