Ricciardo makes massive early statement at Hungarian GP

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Qualifying follows later on Saturday with the Hungarian Grand Prix, the last before a four-week mid-season break, taking place on Sunday.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in both sessions and compatriot Valtteri Bottas, Championship leader Lewis Hamilton's team mate, was sixth before and after lunch. There was more grip and for sure a lot more time, but we got behind Haas and you know I couldn't really slow down a lot more or else we wouldn't have time to start and then the spray there was nothing I could have done.

The Australian lapped the twisty Hungaroring track in the morning heat with a best time on soft tyres of one minute 17.613 seconds, 0.079 faster than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who was on quicker ultrasofts.

"It looks like in the wet conditions we aren't as confident as we are in the dry", said the German, whose team are mourning the death of former chairman Sergio Marchionne with flags flown at half mast.

While the Red Bull drivers collided previous year, Turn 2 was the scene of happier times for Daniel Ricciardo in 2014 when he drove round the outside of Lewis Hamilton on his way to securing a second Grand Prix victory of his career.

Referring to the Mercedes driver's alleged biblical conduct at the Hockenheim, Villeneuve said: "The way [Hamilton] knelt next to his vehicle after having his problem in qualifying looked like the suffering of Christ".

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"I think we have a good enough vehicle to be on the front row".

Red Bull are expected to be among the favourites at a comparatively slow track that suits the aerodynamic qualities of their vehicle much more than Mercedes, whose drivers seemed to lack grip, and is less engine dependent.

"We're going to do our best to work as a team [during the race] and keep the red guys behind us".

Carlos Sainz was seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg with two Frenchmen Romain Grosjean and Pierre Gasly ninth and tenth for Haas and Toro Rosso.

Vettel reclaimed top spot from Bottas, who then suffered a bigger scare than Hamilton at the chicane.