All four Honda-powered cars finished Friday practice in the top ten at the Spanish Grand Prix and gathered plenty of data ahead of what looks set to be another hard-fought weekend.
Part of FP1 was spent getting used to a modified track layout, with a new Turn 10 to learn for the drivers, and Max hit the ground running as he ended up second overall by just 0.033s. The first session saw all four cars inside the top 11, with the second Red Bull Racing of Sergio in ninth, two places behind Pierre in seventh and two ahead of Yuki in P11.
FP2 was a bit more tricky for Red Bull as Max had to abort his first attempt on the soft compound tyre due to running wide at the new Turn 10, and then Sergio’s effort came later in the session and left him just behind his team-mate in ninth and tenth respectively.
Although the qualifying simulation lap times weren’t representative, the high fuel pace was a lot more competitive until Max picked up slight damage to his front wing late in his long run.
The two Scuderia AlphaTauris were leading the way from a Honda perspective on the timing screens, with Pierre sixth and Yuki seventh, both within half a second of the fastest time overall.