Vettel quickest as Ferrari pulls clear in final Hungary F1 practice

Vettel quickest as Ferrari pulls clear in final Hungary F1 practice

Vettel, who leads the 2017 standings from second-placed Lewis Hamilton by one point, stopped the clock at one minute, 16.276 seconds, crossing the finish line 0.168 seconds ahead of Raikkonen, reports Efe. The Briton's time, on the slower soft tyres, was 1.417 seconds off Vettel's and he was only fifth fastest.

The triple champion had been hoping to match Michael Schumacher's all-time pole record with his sixth in Hungary, a circuit where he has won five times already, and had set the fastest lap of the second phase of qualifying.

Now we wait to see whether Ferrari will have it all their own way in qualifying, or whether Mercedes can muster stability and pace and Red Bull can rediscover yesterday's mojo. It's a front row for Ferrari, so we're looking forward to tomorrow.

His comfort level at the circuit where he has been on the podium in the last three years, winning the 2014 race is high and Ricciardo was also happy with what the new upgrades to his Red Bull had brought.

Hamilton said he was not surprised by Ferrari's overnight leap in performance.

"We are working hard", he said.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was in third but Lewis Hamilton could manage only fourth on the grid, his attempt to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 68 pole positions denied after he could not quite find the balance of the auto he was happy with.

"We are here and try to do our best".

Ferrari has had the edge over Mercedes throughout the course of the weekend, which has prompted Hamilton to push the car's limits even further, resulting in rare mistakes by the triple world champion.




"We need to move up, but I think we are definitely in it for qualifying".

Last year's victor at Hungary was Lewis Hamilton. "The start was good and the end was not too bad, but on the chicane I braked on the outside kerb and got loose".

"Throughout qualifying we improved and I think we would have been in the fight for pole position", said Wolff.

The fastest driver of Friday's two sessions, Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was eighth. It is just great work by the team, we have not brought many updates to the vehicle, we have just been able to exploit it a little more.

He added: "It's great, but especially after the talk after the last race, which was a bit much".

"There was a lot of talk after the last race", he admitted.

Valtteri Bottas was third for Mercedes ahead of Finnish compatriot Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes.

The damage to the Haas was so severe that Kevin Magnussen, whose auto Giovinazzi had been commandeered, was able to set just 11 laps after his mechanics finished repairing his vehicle late in free practice two.

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