Max secured the 220th podium for Honda as an engine supplier with a battling drive to second place at Interlagos.
While Max, Sergio and Pierre were all on mediums and very much in the majority at the start, Yuki was the only driver to use a different tyre from the rest of the grid as his first stint was on soft tyres from 15th place.
When the lights went out, Max made an excellent start from second place to take the lead, forcing his way past Valtteri Bottas at Turn 1. Sergio then put pressure on Bottas at Turn 4 and pulled of a clever switchback overtake to move into second place, where the two Red Bulls ran for the first part of the race.
Pierre ended the first lap in eighth place as Lewis Hamilton - recovering from a grid penalty - made his way through the field, while Yuki attempted to also move forward but was caught in a collision with Lance Stroll that saw him lose his front wing. That forced Yuki into an early pit stop for hard tyres, as the Safety Car was required to clear up the debris.
On the restart, Max and Sergio held Hamilton at bay for a number of laps, with Sergio being particularly clever as he was overtaken by Hamilton into Turn 1 on lap 18 but immediately regained the position before Turn 4. At the same time, Pierre made his way past Sebastian Vettel for seventh position, although Sergio did drop to third place one lap later.
Pierre was the first driver to make a planned pit stop as he came in on lap 25 for hard tyres, and Max made the same switch two laps later in response to Hamilton, with Red Bull Racing ensuring he retained the lead. Sergio made his first stop on lap 28, but was unfortunate when two laps later some debris led to a Virtual Safety Car and allowed Bottas a free pit stop, which meant the Mexican dropped to fourth place.
In an attempt to protect the lead, Red Bull opted for an early second stop with Max on lap 40, again fitting hard compound tyres and preventing Mercedes getting an undercut. Sergio made his second stop two laps later, while Yuki had made good progress to run in the top ten before having to take his second stop on lap 39, with a ten-second time penalty for the Stroll collision dropping him down the order.
Pierre made his second pit stop on lap 51, switching to hard tyres to attack the one-stopping Alpine drivers ahead.
In the fight for the lead, Max had to get very defensive and withstood severe pressure from Hamilton for a number of laps before he was finally overtaken on lap 59, coming home a solid second to retain his championship lead.
Sergio made a late stop for soft tyres to score the fastest lap as he finished fourth, while Pierre fought his way past both Alpine drivers in consecutive laps to climb to seventh, ensuring Scuderia AlphaTauri remains level on points with Alpine in the constructors’ championship.