Daniel Ricciardo is confident of fighting with Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen for a podium finish in tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix after qualifying fourth on Saturday.
Red Bull’s pace at the Hungaroring has been particularly impressive so far this weekend, allowing Ricciardo to match his best grid slot of the season in qualifying.
The Australian driver fell less than one-tenth of a second short of Vettel in third place, but was pleased with his performance nevertheless.
“I am really happy with the session today and with my qualifying performance,” Ricciardo said. “We were very close to Seb which is positive.
“I found a really good rhythm, obviously we had a few problems yesterday but the weekend as a whole has gone well so far.
“Our long run pace was pretty handy yesterday so I am confident we can battle it out with the red cars in the race tomorrow. I’m feeling good about it.”
Red Bull teammate Daniil Kvyat failed to match Ricciardo’s pace, finishing three-tenths of a second further back in seventh place.
“It was tough today, it wasn’t my best qualifying session as I didn’t find a good rhythm,” Kvyat admitted. “It’s disappointing, we should be stronger at this track.
“We are starting the race tomorrow from an okay position, hopefully we can move up the grid, it won’t be easy but we’ll try our best.”
The Hungarian Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.