'We couldn't match the Ferraris' - Hamilton

Oscar Cross
July 30, 2017

Ricciardo topped both of Friday's practice sessions, but the initial Red Bull pace was eventually overshadowed by Ferrari who secured their third one-two of the season with Sebastian Vettel on pole. His best time put him in third, Vettel was still faster than the rest of the field with Bottas in second.

He also led the morning timesheets in 1:18.486, with both his fastest times comfortably inside the race lap record of 1:19.071 set by Michael Schumacher with Ferrari in 2004.Vettel was second fastest, 0.183 off the pace, after a slow start to his weekend.

But here in Hungary things are a bit different, with a circuit perhaps more suited to the agile Ferrari than the power track Mercedes. We start at the front, they couldn't be any better but tomorrow is a long day.

Ferrari threatened to upset the apple cart after they won two of the first three races, but with their last win coming at the Monaco Grand Prix they have fallen behind the Silver Arrows team, who have recorded three wins in the last four races. He was among the first to head out in Q1, after Bottas and Hamilton.

"It still remains quite close but we have generally had the upper hand in qualifying", 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 vehicle he was happy with.

"You don't know what Ferrari and Mercedes will do (tomorrow) but it was a good day".

That year was also the last time anyone other than Hamilton has won at the Hungaroring from pole position and the last year in which the victor in Hungary went on to take the world championship that same season.

"I don't think there was any moment when we had a shot at pole", he added. On paper it should be a good race for us.

"We are starting to see a little bit of a pattern that the DNA of our vehicle just seems to be more suited to the faster circuits and Ferrari is doing very well on these twisty, slow circuits", he said.

Germany's Sebastian Vettel received the ideal boost for the Formula One title race after seizing pole position in Hungary.

"The vehicle was a bit of a handful and then we managed to hustle it better in Q3 but still not enough to make me satisfied".

"I have a vehicle I am comfortable with and I'm at a track I enjoy so it will be an exciting weekend".

Jolyon Palmer, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez all missed out on Q3 after failing to finish among the top 10 in Q2, although Carlos Sainz prolonged his stay by scraping 10th place ahead of the last session.

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