Ricciardo makes massive early statement at Hungarian GP

Hamilton on Hungarian pole Ricciardo 12th

Ricciardo makes massive early statement at Hungarian GP

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who were running in second and third place, respectively, when Vettel crashed, finished the race in second and third, as they came into the pits during the safety auto period while Hamilton, who was running in fourth when Vettel crashed, stayed out on the track to inherit the race lead before going on to win.

Daniel Ricciardo has put his rivals on notice after a sizzling start to practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"It's great for the team to have a one-two. The heavens opened and it was fair game".

Daniel Ricciardo qualified 12th for the Hungarian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo qualified 12th for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Bottas did though rack up the second fastest time.

Hamilton is 17 points clear of Vettel in the standings after 11 races, with Sunday's round the last before the sport's August break. There was more grip and for sure a lot more time, but we got behind Haas and you know I couldn't really slow down a lot more or else we wouldn't have time to start and then the spray there was nothing I could have done.

Vettel, also quickest in second practice on Friday, set a track record of 1 minute 16.170 seconds as he looks to recover from last weekend's title blow in Germany.

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Typically, Hamilton, who had a set-up overhaul during the session, summed up his and others' feelings when he said: "These tyres are awful, man" on his team radio.

While the Red Bull drivers collided a year ago, Turn 2 was the scene of happier times for Daniel Ricciardo in 2014 when he drove round the outside of Lewis Hamilton on his way to securing a second Grand Prix victory of his career. I think in hindsight we should have gone on the ultra and just be safe.

Mercedes have been able to count on more power in qualifying, however.

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"I think it's more bad luck than anything", Ricciardo said.

Toro Rosso enjoyed a brilliant afternoon with Pierre Gasly sixth and Brendon Hartley eighth, while Carlos Sainz managed to steer his Renault into a shock fifth.

The Briton has won five times previously at the Hungaroring, but never in a year in which he has gone on to take the championship.

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