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Ricciardo: We don’t want to start on the third row

Red Bull aiming for front row in qualifying

Hungarian Grand Prix – Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo believes that anything other than qualifying on the first two rows of the grid would rule the team out of a win at the Hungaroring.

Red Bull head into the qualifying day as one of the favourites to take pole position at the Hungaroring, with the tight and twisty nature of the circuit bringing the team into play this weekend.

They were narrowly beaten by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in free practice two, but both Red Bull drivers believe that more pace can be extracted from the car.

Speaking after practice, Ricciardo set his sights on the front row of the grid.

“Today was a good day. I think this morning we started well and this afternoon we were also strong, and I think we have a good enough car to be on the front row.

“Over one lap I think we could still make some improvements, but the long run pace looks good and we’re all very close. I predicted that the top six would be tight this weekend, I think come tomorrow this will still be the case.”

Despite praising the performance of the soft tyres, he added that he would prefer to start the race on the ultrasoft tyre and that anything below the second row of the grid would heavily impact the team’s chances of victory, due to the lack of overtaking opportunities at the Hungaroring.

“I feel I can still improve my lap time, but so far it was a good start. I think both of the tyres (Ultrasoft and Soft) performed quite well today and even in the long runs they were holding up alright.

“I would probably say that the Ultras are my preference for tomorrow, but we’ll make a plan tonight and then we’ll see.

“Front row would be perfect, second alright, we just don’t want to be third row as it’s difficult to overtake here.”

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