Lewis Hamilton rules out Hungarian Grand Prix victory

'Elbows out' for Ricciardo at Hungary GP

Daniel Ricciardo has topped the Friday practice timesheets in his upgraded Red Bull Racing vehicle at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel was on course to beat his time on his second run in Q3 but lost out in the final sector, and was 0.002secs slower.

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. We start at the front, they couldn't be any better but tomorrow is a long day. Mercedes have won three of the four races since, only losing the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after Hamilton was forced to pit because of a loose headrest, and appear to have gained an edge over their rivals.

"We can't follow or overtake a vehicle that is as fast or faster", said the Briton.

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.

Vettel agreed Mercedes had done better than Ferrari lately but all was not doom and gloom. "Saying that, I think we were very close to a win in Austria, I don't think we were lacking any speed there and that's only two races ago", he said.

Hamilton, victor of the last race on home tarmac in Britain, was left scratching his head after only managing fourth spot on the grid. "You never know what the other guys are doing, but I do feel like we've gained some grip in the auto".

"You just try and get as good a time in as you can, but with less risk", he said.

Max Verstappen should be very exciting to watch and he does bring out the very best in Daniel Ricciardo.

"It looks like their [Ferrari's] vehicle is just suited to the track more, I mean, these cars aren't really moving anywhere, so it looks like they might have more downforce on - and it looks like they applied that in Monaco as well". Vettel made the most of it and the result bodes well for today's race.

"Unless it's a really bad vibration, which a couple of them were, it doesn't get massively in the way but when you go through the corners it's a false reading you're getting on top of all the other readings you are getting for the balance".

"I like this track a lot".

Valtteri Bottas was third for Mercedes ahead of Finnish compatriot Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes.

In other F1 news, backmarker Sauber has extended a power unit supply deal with Ferrari, though Sauber will now receive Ferrari's latest power units instead of using the previous year's units as is the current agreement.

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