There will be three Honda-powered cars starting in the top five at the Hungarian Grand Prix after a competitive qualifying session in Budapest.
Saturday saw tricky conditions once again due to high track temperatures that meant cars were sliding around as the tyres were overheating, and Yuki was first to drop out of the Honda-powered drivers. After missing out on a lot of running in similar conditions due to a crash on Friday, he complained of a lack of grip in Q1 and dropped out in 16th place.
The temperatures made it a difficult challenge in Q2 as Red Bull Racing tried to advance on the medium tyres with their first runs but then opted to switch to softs. With impressive pace, Max topped the times while Pierre went through in third place and Sergio fourth, with all three reaching the final part of qualifying and set to tackle the start of Sunday’s race on soft tyres.
Heading into Q3, the first runs showed the track was a little bit slower than it had been earlier in the session and Max had to settle for third on his fourth run with Sergio fourth. Starting their final attempts, both drivers were backed up by the Mercedes pair ahead, and while Max started his lap and could improve slightly - staying third - Sergio was unable to begin his final attempt and settled for fourth.
Pierre completed an excellent day with fifth on the grid for Scuderia AlphaTauri, just 0.062s away from Sergio and registering his fourth top-five qualifying performance of the season.