Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during the second free practice session at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday July 28, 2017. The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday July, 30. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Red Bull's Ricciardo tops practice runs for Hungarian GP

July 28, 2017 - 9:59 am

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo boosted Red Bull's hopes of success at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix with the fastest times in both practice sessions on Friday.

On a circuit that reduces power output because of its tight and twisting nature, the Red Bulls should be confident of matching Ferrari and Mercedes for race speed.

Ricciardo has been in fine form, with five podium finishes in the past six races.

The Australian driver was 0.183 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari and 0.201 clear of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in the afternoon session.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen overcame a power failure that briefly forced him off track in P2 and finished fourth quickest, ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes.

In the morning, Ricciardo was 0.234 seconds quicker than Raikkonen and 0.372 ahead of Hamilton on a Hungaroring circuit that proved slippery despite warm weather conditions.

There is a final practice Saturday ahead of qualifying in the afternoon.

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