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Daniel Ricciardo misses out on top-10 by 0.08 seconds as teammate shines in qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo will start Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix from 11th after a challenging day for the Australian. 

Ricciardo was out-qualified by his teammate Lando Norris for the eighth time in 11 races this season, with the young Briton qualifying sixth. 

Lewis Hamilton took his eighth pole position at the Hungarian from teammate Valtteri Bottas with team Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez behind them.

After finishing 13th and 14th during Friday’s practice sessions, Ricciardo seemed to find some pace during the final practice session before qualifying on Saturday. 

He was eighth on the timesheets but could not convert that into a top-10 finish after qualifying, missing out on Q3 by just 0.08 seconds. 

After a promising performance during the last round at Silverstone, Ricciardo said he was hoping for more of the same at the Hungaroring, just outside of Budapest. 

“I knew after Silverstone there was no guarantees we would be automatically quicker. It’s a very different track,” he told Sky Sports UK.

This weekend is the final round before the mid-year summer break.

Ricciardo said he was hoping to be putting in better performances by now during his first season with McLaren. 

“Approaching the summer break I would have loved to have been a lot better by now but it has proven tricky,” he said. 

The last time Ricciardo qualified outside of the top-10 was at the Austrian Grand Prix, where he started 13th but managed to finish the race in seventh.

Gamesmanship costs Perez as Hamilton takes pole

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his eighth pole position in Hungary.(

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Following a crash between Hamilton and Verstappen during the last round and simmering tensions between the two teams, there was plenty of gamesmanship at the end of qualifying.

Hamilton was ahead of both Red Bull drivers as they prepared to start their final flying lap, and made sure his warm-up lap was as slow as possible.

By the time he crossed the start-finish line to start his final lap, there were just seconds left for the two Red Bulls to begin theirs.

While Verstappen was able to cross the line in time, the clock had expired before Perez could start, meaning he did not get a final chance to improve his time.

Hamilton, who is second in the drivers’ championship, said he was pleased the Mercedes team could put themselves in a position to re-take the lead in the drivers’ and constructors’ championships by the end of the weekend.

“It was an amazing qualifying lap,” he said.

Adding to the intrigue of Sunday’s race, the Mercedes will start on the medium compound tyre, while the Red Bulls will start on the faster, but less durable, soft compound.

Hamilton said he was surprised the Red Bulls decided to start on the faster tyre, considering the high temperatures that have been on the track this weekend.

The Mercedes driver is eight points behind Verstappen in the championship, with the Red Bull driver saying he will hope a different tyre strategy will bridge the pace gap between the two cars. 

“I think the whole weekend we’ve been a bit behind and it showed in qualifying,” he said.

“We’re still there in [third position] and we’ll see what we can do.”

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