Ric­cia­rdo to start sixth

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIA’S Daniel Ric­cia­rdo was set to start from sixth on the grid in the Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix af­ter a sus­pected hy­draulics prob­lem cut short his prac­tice.

The Red Bull driver, who was fastest in prac­tice on Sat­ur­day, did not make it through yes­ter­day’s ses­sion but re­cov­ered for qual­i­fy­ing. Fer­rari’s cham­pi­onship leader Se­bas­tian Vet­tel qual­i­fied fastest, deny­ing ti­tle ri­val Lewis Hamil­ton a record- equalling 68th pole po­si­tion. The Ger­man’s Fin­nish team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen sealed the Fer­rari front- row lock­out.

“It’s a front row for us so we’re look­ing for­ward to to­mor­row,’’ said Vet­tel, whose cham­pi­onship lead over Hamil­ton was cut to one point af­ter a sev­enth at Sil­ver­stone.

Hamil­ton, one point be­hind Vet­tel in the stand­ings and a five- time win­ner in Hun­gary, was to start from fourth place on the grid in the overnight race along­side his Fin­nish team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas.

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