Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were both buoyed with their practice pace in Hungary on Friday as Red Bull emerged as the second-fastest team.
One year on from Ricciardo’s stunning victory at the Hungaroring, Red Bull entered the weekend with low expectations after a difficult first half of the 2015 season.
However, both Kvyat and Ricciardo displayed an impressive pace in FP2 to finish second and third respectively ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and both Ferrari drivers.
Kvyat believes that the high downforce and low power nature of the Hungaroring suits the RB11 car, and is hopeful of translating this into a good qualifying result on Saturday.
“It was a good day for us today,” Kvyat said. “The car performed well.
“However it’s only Friday and we have to keep pushing so that we turn that into a good result in qualifying tomorrow.
“Both our cars looked competitive, straight-line speed is less important here and that suits us.”
Ricciardo’s day was cut short after he suffered an engine failure towards the end of FP2, but the Australian remained upbeat after finishing third in the final timesheets.
“The car felt good today,” Ricciardo said. “The balance is better and it’s an easier car to drive than in recent races.
“We didn’t make any big changes, just a few minor things that seem to be working well. This track suits us, as it’s less of a power circuit. It’s quite a bumpy track but we seem to be doing okay.
“We were using an old engine so we won’t have any penalties for that.”