Friday practice saw a Honda-powered driver finish in the top three of each session but it was an interrupted day of running at Imola.
It was a particularly challenging Friday for Red Bull Racing, as both drivers saw their running cut short at different points in the day. First, Sergio was unfortunate to get caught up in light contact with Esteban Ocon that saw his left rear tyre deflate and damaged a wheel rim, causing him to spin and stop during FP1.
That incident was investigated by the stewards but in the end no further action was taken as both drivers admitted it was a misunderstanding that wasn’t helped by technical issues affecting communications for all ten teams up and down the pit lane.
Then in the afternoon session, Max looked set to go quickest overall on his second timed lap when he suffered a driveshaft failure after running over the kerb on the exit of the final corner. Max was forced to park his car just 10 minutes into the session and missed out on a significant chunk of running.
Max had been third quickest in FP1 - 0.058s away from first place - but was only 14th in the second session as a result, while Sergio followed a 16th place in the morning with sixth in the afternoon.
For Scuderia AlphaTauri, Pierre’s weekend got off to a strong start with fifth in FP1, as Yuki took his time to get up to speed after an off-track moment and was 20th. Both performed well in FP2, with Pierre up in third place and just 0.078s off the fastest time, and Yuki seventh just behind Sergio.