Red Bull Racing showed solid pace and Scuderia AlphaTauri was also competitive despite a tough day of practice for Yuki at the Hungaroring.
In hot conditions, it was Max who set the pace in the first practice session as Red Bull Racing hit the ground running, edging out Valtteri Bottas by just 0.061s. Pierre also had a strong start to the weekend, ending up fifth quickest to ensure both Honda-powered teams were represented in the top five.
Sergio was a little further back in eighth place, while Yuki was 12th overall but suffered two incidents. The first was a small spin at Turn 9 when he overcorrected as the rear of the car tried to step out on him, but then when a similar moment occurred at the high-speed Turn 4 the overcorrection pitched him backwards into the barrier and brought out the red flags.
Yuki was unharmed in the incident but his car needed a lot of work to repair it, meaning he would miss the majority of the second session on Friday.
FP2 was slightly less successful all-round, with Max complaining of issues with his car’s handling but still third quickest, ahead of Sergio in fifth and Pierre in sixth. Even without a smooth day, the lap times are encouraging for both teams, and AlphaTauri worked hard to ensure Yuki could get back out on track with two minutes remaining and complete one flying lap, ending up 17th.
This weekend sees the usual race weekend format return after the first trial of the Sprint format at Silverstone, meaning we have one more practice session tomorrow morning to try and hone the cars and PU settings ahead of qualifying.