Ricciardo fastest in Hungary F1 practice

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo posted the fastest time in the first practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday.

With Red Bull topping both practice sessions and little to separate the top...

He shared driving duties with Daniel Ricciardo in Bahrain, with Verstappen getting a day of running at the final in-season test in Hungary.

"To replicate the same pace this morning and this afternoon was great", Ricciardo said.

"I definitely feel like we have found some grip in various areas and taken a step in the right direction". I am surprised by the pace of the Ferraris, we knew they would be stronger today but we also thought we would be closer. "Yeah, I think we can do it".

The Australian driver was 0.234 seconds quicker than Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and 0.372 ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes on the Hungaroring circuit.

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Championship leader Sebastian Vettel struggled with oversteer in a scrappy session and ended up sixth quickest, one second adrift of Ricciardo.

Ricciardo then bolted on the super-softs to go quickest of all, a fraction quicker than he managed in the morning session.

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

Wehrlein was unhurt, but required a visit to the circuit medical centre while Palmer, who had damaged his auto at the end of the morning session in another accident, was able to walk back to the pits, grim-faced, but unhurt. It was an inauspicious and badly-timed mistake by the Ferrari young driver who, following confirmation the Scuderia will power Sauber in 2018, is likely to be in a fight against GP2 Charles Leclerc to partner Marcus Ericsson at the Swiss-based outfit next year.

Last year's GP2 champion will return to the cockpit of Red Bull's RB13, having driven the 2017 F1 vehicle at the first in-season test in Bahrain.

"We are in the top three teams so to qualify sixth is basically last for us".

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