After a slow start to the weekend on Friday morning, finishing the first session behind the Ferrari drivers, but Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful of a good weekend on the back of a ‘pretty good’ couple of practice sessions.
Red Bull ended the first session of the day behind their rivals Ferrari, although they were on the harder (soft) tyre, compared to the supersoft on the Ferrari. An improvement in the second session put Daniel Ricciardo second, partly due to the crash for Lewis Hamilton which left him out of most of the session, but was still over a half a second behind Rosberg on a track Red Bull have been tipped to do well on, thanks to the less power sensitive nature of the circuit.
Daniel Ricciardo said after practice, “We’re looking pretty good, we’d like to be a bit closer to Mercedes but at the moment we’re sitting sort-of second best, a bit quicker than Ferrari today, so we are more or less where we expected to be.
“We knew it would be close with Ferrari, so if we can keep our nose in front that would be nice. I think we’re in a pretty good position for a Friday.
“The new track surface isn’t massively different, it’s a bit smoother but the nature of the track is still the same. I was a little bit worried it would lose some of its character, but I think it’s still much the same.
“As more cars drive on the track during the weekend, it should come up and get quicker and quicker. We have to target top three; the last two years we have had podiums here, so three years in a row would be nice.”
Daniel Ricciardo was a surprise winner of the Hungarian race in 2014 and Mercedes are yet to win at the track in the new turbo era.