Daniel Ricciardo says he is chasing an improvement in qualifying this weekend in the third race of his F1 career.
The young Australian successfully secured a second successive finish in Germany last weekend, where he beat the Lotus of Karun Chandhok to the chequered flag and managed to run ahead of Virgin's Jerome D'Ambrosio for a spell.
However, in both races, Ricciardo posted the slowest time in qualifying although he made up two places on the grid at the Nurburgring after post-session penalties for both Sebastien Buemi and team-mate Tonio Liuzzi.
Heading to Hungary, Ricciardo said he was keen to try and move up the F1 grid at a circuit where he has won in the past, although he admitted that the Hungaroring would be a challenging venue for his latest race with the Hispania team.
“I'm excited to go to Budapest: the city is beautiful and the Hungaroring is a track that I like driving on,” he said. “I have driven at Budapest three times before. I won there on two occasions so it's a place I enjoy. I drove there with Formula Renault 2.0 and SG Formula and twice with World Series by Renault.
“For a driver the track is non-stop the whole lap and keeps you very busy with a lot of direction changes which I like. But it's very demanding physically and mentally because there are so many corners and there's only really one straight, and even that is not so long. You don 't really have time to get back your energy and relax, so you are always concentrating. I'm aiming for another improvement in qualifying and getting a spot or two further up the grid.”
Team-mate Liuzzi has also won in Hungary in the past and said he was keen to try and continue the gradual progress seen by Hispania so far this year.
“It'll be good to get back in the car straight away after a frustrating end to the German Grand Prix and it was obviously not the way we wanted the race to go, so hopefully Hungary will bring us better luck!” he said. “I like the Hungaroring. Its layout resembles that of a go-kart track. It's so tight. I've got great memories of Hungary. It's where I have scored wins too in 2004 in F3000.
“The crowd is friendly and fantastic and they have lots of passion, so I'm always looking forward to going there. The Hungaroring is normally very tough – hot and a very long race, it's a real physical challenge. But I'm feeling good, and we keep progressing, so I'm looking forward to the weekend.”