• Hungarian GP - FP2

'Not too many positives' for Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo admits he endured a frustrating Friday at the Hungaroring but still thinks a spot on the second row is possible if everything comes together on Saturday.

Ricciardo's running was limited in FP1 due to battery issues which kept him in the garage for the final 20 minutes, while he finished some eight tenths down on third-placed Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the afternoon session. Ricciardo says the pace Red Bull expected did not materialise on the first day of practice but is convinced the team has more it can find.

"It was challenging, I don't think we found too many positives today," Ricciardo said. "I think we'll find some tonight as Seb had a better day. We struggled a bit, just tried to find the pace but it just wasn't there. We went around in circles but didn't find too much.

"There was something in the morning so I missed 20 or so minutes of the session but we solved that for the afternoon. We didn't solve the day unfortunately. We've got to find a bit more pace for FP3, we've got to set our sights on that and finding something in the morning because we're still a long way off where we need to be. We should be targeting the second row I think so let's see where we are after that."

With both Ferrari drivers in between the two Red Bulls in FP2 Ricciardo expects the Italian outfit to be competitive this weekend.

"I think realistically Mercedes were quick again, unfortunately a lot quicker than we had hoped. Ferrari at this stage is probably the closest of the rivals."

Rain is forecast for Sunday but Ricciardo hopes Red Bull finds enough pace to mean it does not need to rely too heavily on strategy.

"There's going to be a bit going on. A three-stop race could be a likely one. The more stops you have, the more options you have of doing one less. Hopefully we don't have to reinvent the strategy because we don't have the pace on track, hopefully we find the pace on track and then do what we need to do to get a good position."

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