Ricciardo confident of fighting Ferrari for Hungarian GP podium finish

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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.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.