F1 Daniel Ricciardo leads the way in Hungarian Grand Prix practice

Max Verstappen

"I think we had the speed today".

"It's great for the team to have a one-two", added Hamilton.

Bottas remained Vettel's closest challenger as Kimi Raikkonen could not get closer than 0.203s adrift of his team-mate, with Hamilton fourth and more than half a second off the pace. "The heavens opened and it was fair game".

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing on track during practice for the Formula One Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary.

After trailing Vettel by eight points (171 to 163) in the driver standings coming into the 11th race of the season, the German Grand Prix, Hamilton now has a 17-point lead (188 to 171) over him, and after trailing Ferrari by 20 points (287 to 267) in the constructor standings coming into that race, Mercedes now have an eight-point lead (310 to 302) over them.

The Australian driver is aiming to go one better in qualifying after recording the third fastest lap in second practice.

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The Dutchman will start from seventh on the grid

"I think more bad luck than anything", Ricciardo answered when asked by Sky F1 if his disappointing performance had been determined by luck or strategy.

Mercedes might have track position at this stage after locking out the front row, but Ferrari have a record of making good starts and now boast what many believe is the strongest power unit on the grid, so it remains all to play for on the opening lap at least. 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.

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. Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley spun at the final corner right at the end of the session.

At the bottom, Force India were the big casualties a day after the fifth-placed team were put into administration pending a likely takeover.

Struggling former champions McLaren had a mixed afternoon with Spaniard Fernando Alonso 11th, but Belgian team mate Stoffel Vandoorne 16th.

"Even if we had a rocket ship, we would be 11th".

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