Ricciardo: “We struggled quite a lot today”

Ricciardo: “We struggled quite a lot today”

Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he struggled during today’s two Hungarian Grand Prix practice sessions at the Hungaroring.

The Aussie was eighth in the morning session after completing 16 laps, before setting the seventh fastest time and managing 29 laps in the afternoon.

“To be honest we struggled quite a lot today trying to find the grip,” he said after today’s running. “This circuit does tend to ramp up a lot over the weekend, this morning’s session the grip was really low for everyone and we saw a lot of people sliding.

“We thought we would find some more this afternoon but we didn’t quite evolve with the track, so we’ve got a bit of work to do tonight to understand that, but that’s what Friday’s are for, you learn, you try things and hopefully you put it all together Friday night in the best way for qualifying.”

However, Sebastian Vettel enjoyed a more positive day at the circuit. He was fifth in practice one, after 28 laps, and finished third in the second session having managed 33 laps.

“I think we could be a little bit closer this weekend, at least today it looked a bit better, but then again we saw that people can make a big step from Friday to Saturday, particularly Williams, so we have to be careful,” said the four-time world champion.

“We hope we can do a big enough step to keep the pace of today (for tomorrow) and to be able to use a little bit more power, but we’ll have to wait and see where we are.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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