Ricciardo : 'Just a very poor and amateur mistake by Max!'

Rachel Hardy
July 31, 2017

Despite two separate red flag incidents during Friday's second practice session for the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, Formula 1's top teams were still able to collect their extra-crucial long run simulation data.

Ricciardo's time of 1:18.486 stands as a new lap record for the current layout of the Hungaroring, with times expected to fall further as the weekend progresses.

Ricciardo, a past victor in Hungary, had been fastest in Friday practice and had hopes of a good result with a auto benefiting from aerodynamic updates and well suited to the circuit.

Ricciardo, however, didn't put a foot wrong all day, and the Australian's time of 1 minute 18.455 seconds - just 0.019 seconds off the all-time lap record - underlined how comfortable he was in his vehicle. "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.

The Australian said the team's first pole position in more than 12 months could be on the cards if the vehicle continues to perform as it did on yesterday (July 28).

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"It's a track Daniel has always excelled at as well. And even looking at the end, like the last lap [in Q3], it was still a bit of a mess". Valtteri Bottas led the way for the Silver Arrows with a lap 0.201 seconds off the pace - very much in the mix, but not much more. Hamilton in particular struggled with the balance of his vehicle. That's why we suggest reading RealSport's earlier analysis of FP2, which better discusses these timings.

Qualifying tomorrow looks set to be a closely fought battle with the top six teams separated by just 0.4 seconds.

The third free practice and qualifying will take place Saturday, while the race will be presented Sunday. Despite the significant gap to the front, he was still quicker than championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who appeared to be struggling with the balance of his Ferrari and had to settle for sixth.

Palmer was responsible for bringing out the red flags in the dying stages of the session when he ran wide over the kerbs at Turn 4 and lost his front wing as well as several other pieces of bodywork.

After his accident towards the end of the session, Palmer finished 16th, 1.461s off his Renault teammate Hulkenberg.

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