It was a strong start to the Mexico City Grand Prix weekend for both Honda-powered teams, ending Friday’s running with all four cars in the top eight positions.
Ahead of the start of FP1 it was confirmed Yuki would take a grid penalty for exceeding power unit components, due to a planned PU change, meaning his focus will be more on race pace during practice. But the rookie still got off to an encouraging start, ending the first session just outside the top ten on a track that was low on grip in the early stages of Formula 1’s first visit for two years.
His team-mate Pierre was fifth after the first hour of track time, directly behind Max and Sergio in third and fourth respectively. Sergio recovered well after a spin early on that saw him damage his rear wing, getting back out for the second half of FP1 as both Scuderia AlphaTauri and Red Bull Racing hit the ground running.
Max improved further to top the times in FP2 by over 0.4s, with Sergio once again ending the session fourth fastest. After another competitive run for Pierre in sixth, there was also more progress for Yuki who was just 0.2s further back in eighth position.