Sebastian Vettel grabs pole at Hungarian Grand Prix with record-shattering lap

Red Bull arrived in Hungary with significant upgrades and they appear to have paid off

Daniel Ricciardo has topped the Friday practice timesheets in his upgraded Red Bull Racing auto at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton could reclaim the lead in the drivers' championship at the Hungarian Grand Prix this week by finishing ahead of rival Sebastian Vettel, but his performance in qualifying will be just as keenly watched as the race itself.

Ricciardo, however, didn't put a foot wrong all day, and the Australian's time of 1 minute 18.455 seconds - just 0.019 seconds off the all-time lap record - underlined how comfortable he was in his vehicle.

Ricciardo's time of 1 minute 18.455 seconds - just 0.019 seconds off the all-time lap record - underlined how comfortable he was in his auto.

In the Constructors' Championship, MercedesAMG leads with 330 points, Ferrari is 2nd with 275 points and Red Bull Racing is 3rd with 174 points. Front row for us is incredible! He has three wins and four runner-up finishes in 2017.

Although Hamilton was happy with his car's pace, he felt the balance needs to be improved - an issue that has cropped up a few times this season for Mercedes.

However, both Hamilton and Vettel are taking a close look at Red Bull - who have been showing good speed during practice. "I need a good start and hopefully we can nail the strategy tomorrow".

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton all but ruled out his chance of winning the Hungarian Grand Prix after qualifying fourth.

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"We brought some updated here and they seem to be working", Ricciardo said.

"I don't think there was any moment when we had a shot at pole", he added.

Notably, Hamilton has won five races at Hungaroring, more than any other driver in the sport's history, with his last victory coming in 2016.

Max Verstappen was sixth in the second Red Bull, slightly less than half a second adrift of the pace, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in a Renault, who was 1.2 seconds down in seventh.

"We are starting to see a little bit of a pattern that the DNA of our auto just seems to be more suited to the faster circuits and Ferrari is doing very well on these twisty, slow circuits", he said. Vettel made the most of it and the result bodes well for today's race.

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

"I think this track has been my most successful track, and I hope that this is still the case this weekend". And we found the operating window of the tyre better and we recovered - but it wasn't enough.

Vettel's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest in qualifying with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas third. I was there past year in Formula 3 and had a podium position, so have some good memories.

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