Max Verstappen says a mistake in the final sector of the Hungaroring during second free practice can explain the sizeable 0.7s deficit to Red Bull Racing team-mate, adding he can easily make up ground again before qualifying.

The Dutchman - who scored podium results last time out in Austria and Great Britain - ended his Friday in a strong fourth position but a sizeable margin adrift of team-mate Ricciardo.

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On a weekend that is expected to see the RB12 prove particularly competitive around the high downforce circuit, Verstappen explained away the gap to the Australian as being down to a mistake he committed in the final sector of his quickest lap.

"The difference in time was that I made a mistake in the last sector, I went off the track but those things can happen. Luckily, or hopefully they will happen today and not tomorrow.

"I want to improve the car and I want to improve myself of course. It will be difficult because I think Ferrari is not too far away, so we will see tomorrow in qualifying what happens."

Reflecting on car's general pace relative to Mercedes, Verstappen feels Red Bull can expect a competitive weekend in Hungary.

"I think in FP1 we started quite easily and FP2 I think was much better, we are closer to Mercedes. I think in the end yeah it was quite a good day, also the long runs are looking pretty good so I was happy with that."

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