Hamilton and Bottas admit Mercedes Formula 1 team "have work to do"

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Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel took pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix yesterday as Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton missed out on a record-equalling career 68th.

Also, Hamilton reduced Sebastian Vettel's lead at the top of driver standings down to just one point when he set the British Grand Prix on fire earlier this month.

Vettel's pole time was a staggering 3.711 seconds faster than Rosberg's mark with Raikkonen just under two tenths slower in second place.

Ricciardo's time of 1 minute 18.455 seconds - just 0.019 seconds off the all-time lap record - underlined how comfortable he was in his vehicle.

The Hungaroring track reduces power output because of its tight and twisting nature, which means that the Red Bulls should be confident of matching Ferrari and Mercedes for race speed, and even challenging for a win. Front row for us is incredible! "In a way I hope there wasn't a break", Bottas said Thursday.

"I'm very happy where we are as a team".

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes' response in recent races has shown that they are still the best team in Formula One.

Neither driver topped a session, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo topping both First and Second Practice, with Hamilton recording third and fifth in the two sessions, with Bottas managing fifth and third respectively.

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"Yeah, it s been a positive day for us", said the beaming Ricciardo afterwards. "We end the day in fifth but there's clearly good pace in the vehicle. Obviously, the last race wasn't great for us, but we are here now".

He is the only driver to have won there from pole since Michael Schumacher with Ferrari in 2004, and the Briton has the best record of any current driver at the Hungaroring with five victories.

Max Verstappen will start from fifth - ahead of his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, whose vehicle was repaired after breaking down during the third and final practice session on Saturday morning.

"I feel like we're better than sixth, so that's frustrating", said Ricciardo.

"We are starting to see a little bit of a pattern that the DNA of our auto just seems to be more suited to the faster circuits and Ferrari is doing very well on these twisty, slow circuits", he said.

Vettel won this race in 2015.

"There was a lot of talk after the last race", he admitted.

Esteban Ocon, who sat out FP1 while Alfonso Celis drove his auto, took P11 for Force India, two tenths up on team-mate Sergio Perez, while Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat and the Williams' of Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa - the latter twice spinning in FP2 - filled positions 13 through to 15.

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