Daniel Ricciardo reckons Red Bull has the pace to take the challenge to Ferrari at the Hungarian Grand Prix after qualifying in a season-equal best fourth place.

Returning to the scene of his self-proclaimed 'finest win' from last season, Ricciardo and Red Bull are enjoying a competitive weekend in Hungary, where the limiting factor of its underpowered Renault engine proves less of a hindrance.

Indeed, Ricciardo would get remarkably close to usurping former team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the Australian falling just two hundredths shy of leading off the second row, but content that he got the best from the RB11.

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Nonetheless, Ricciardo believes Red Bull has a good chance of getting the better of Ferrari in the race, pointing out that his risk of not use soft tyres in Q1 ensures he has a spare set to use on Sunday.

"Obviously really close to Seb but the lap was good to be honest, I was happy with it. Not really anywhere where I felt I put a wheel wrong. Frustrated to be close, but happy with the lap. It was good to be that close.

"Ferrari can be a genuine challenge tomorrow. Even if they are a bit quicker, we have a new set options if it is a two-stop race and that might just put us back in the fight. We have a few things that can work to our advantage."