Ricciardo: Red Bull pace is genuine

By on Friday, July 22, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo reckons Red Bull's pace during practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix is genuine as he placed second to Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, albeit over half a second down on the German.

Ricciardo's lap on Super Soft tyres was 0.595s down on Rosberg, though he was able to finish three-tenths clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the Hungaroring.

"We’re looking pretty good," he said.

"We would like to be a bit closer to Mercedes. At the moment we’re sitting second best. We’re a bit quicker than Ferrari today, so I think we’re more or less where we expected to be.

"We knew it would be close to Ferrari, but if we can keep our nose in front, that’d be nice.

"I would say [the pace is] pretty genuine. If we’re close on Friday it sort of doesn’t change too much on Saturday. I would say today is quite representative."

Max Verstappen finished seven-tenths adrift of Ricciardo but does not believe such a deficit reflects his pace.

"The difference in time was I made a mistake in last sector, I went off track, those things can happen," he said.

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