A frustrating Hungarian Grand Prix saw Red Bull Racing’s hopes wiped out at the first corner but Scuderia AlphaTauri delivered a solid points’ return with both cars in the top seven.
Rain in the 30 minutes before the race saw the whole field starting on intermediates as per the regulations, and Max and Sergio both made great starts from the second row to be fighting for second and third into Turn 1. However, Valtteri Bottas made an error that saw him run into the back of Lando Norris, punting the McLaren into Max while the Mercedes driver took Sergio out of the race.
Max needed to come into the pits for repairs given the heavy damage he sustained and dropped down the order before the red flag came out to allow the multiple cars and debris to be cleared.
Pierre had been forced to run extremely wide at Turn 1 to avoid all of the chaos, but Yuki brilliantly evaded the incidents to emerge in fifth place from the first corner having started in 16th.
Under the red flag period, Red Bull could get to work trying to repair as much of Max’s car as possible, but he was missing a number of aerodynamic parts and still carrying significant damage when the race restarted.
The race was due to restart with a standing start but by now the track had dried heavily, so every car except Lewis Hamilton came into the pits at the end of the formation lap to switch to slicks. When Hamilton stopped at the end of the first racing lap he was at the back of the field, promoting Yuki to fourth, Max to 11th and Pierre to 12th
The whole field were on medium tyres by that point and it made overtaking difficult, with Max excellently passing Mick Schumacher despite his damaged car, and Pierre doing a good job to hold off Hamilton before also passing the Haas himself.
Red Bull opted to make a pit stop with Max for hard tyres on lap 20 after Hamilton had also stopped early, but with the damage to his car he was powerless to defend and dropped a position. Yuki was next to stop on lap 22, and he managed to jump the Williams of Nicholas Latifi but lost out to others who ran longer.
One of those was Pierre who didn’t make his first stop for hard tyres until lap 30, rejoining in eighth place as the race started to settle down, with Max stuck outside the points. Red Bull then made a second pit stop for medium tyres on lap 40, allowing him to try and attack with a tyre advantage later on.
Pierre made a great move down the inside of Latifi into Turn 1 from a long way back to take seventh place, and with fresher tyres AlphaTauri gave the team order for Yuki to switch positions with him to promote the Frenchman to sixth on lap 49.
One lap later and Max fought past Kimi Raikkonen for P11, and then he got Daniel Ricciardo with ten laps remaining to salvage a point in tenth place despite a heavily compromised car.
A spin for Yuki at Turn 2 saw him drop far behind Pierre but he stayed in seventh place, while the gap allowed Pierre to make a late pit stop for soft tyres and secure the extra point for fastest lap on the final lap.