It will be an all-Red Bull Racing second row as three of the four Honda-powered cars reached Q3 in qualifying at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Checo had a spin in Q1 at Turn 4 in a sign of how difficult the track conditions were because of the strong and gusty crosswinds, but all four drivers advanced through the first part of qualifying in impressive fashion despite the challenge of the wind and low-grip conditions.
In Q2, both Red Bull Racing drivers set their first times on the medium tyre to start on that compound, and although they later went out on softs they were able to abort their final attempts once it was clear they would progress to the final top ten shoot-out.
For Scuderia AlphaTauri it was a more tricky session, with Pierre just making it through in 10th place using the soft tyre, to record his sixth consecutive top ten qualifying and Yuki eliminated in 14th place on his first visit to Portimao in any category.
After rounding off practice with the quickest time in FP3, Max headed into the session with his eyes set on pole position but track limits would prove frustrating. His first timed lap in Q3 was good enough for provisional pole position but he saw the lap deleted for running wide at Turn 4, meaning he had to be slightly more conservative with his final attempt to ensure he got a legal lap in.
The final attempt from Max was half a second slower than his first as he ended up third on the grid, with Checo joining his team-mate on the second row with fourth place.
Pierre was another driver to get a lap time deleted as his final lap was invalidated for running wide at Turn 14, but it didn’t cost him a position in the final standings as he will start ninth on the grid.