One Honda-powered car from each team will start the Sprint Qualifying from the top six after a challenging qualifying session on Friday at the Italian Grand Prix.
Trying to avoid being caught out by traffic was a major part of Q1 as drivers looked to get a tow from each other, and all four appeared to have done a good job as they set times quick enough for Q2. Unfortunately for Yuki, he was judged to have slightly exceeded track limits at the final corner and saw his final lap deleted, demoting him to 17th which meant he was eliminated from the session.
The biggest scares in Q2 came in the pit lane, with some questionable releasing by some teams seeing drivers pulling into traffic in the fast lane, leading to some near-misses for the mechanics waving them out. Both Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri negotiated the issue impressively and Max advanced in fourth place ahead of Pierre in sixth and Sergio in tenth to all reach Q3.
With two Red Bulls in the final part of qualifying, the drivers could work together to provide a slipstream and it was Sergio who was the lead car on track, with Max enjoying the benefit of the tow and putting together an excellent lap to pip the quick McLarens to third on the grid.
Sergio was limited to ninth as a result of his approach, but Pierre will be between the two Red Bulls with another strong qualifying performance earning him a spot on the third row as he will start the Sprint from sixth.