FP1 saw Sergio Perez as the first driver to leave the pitlane with aero fences collecting data before returning to the garage to remove them for a normal practice session. After he returned to the track, used the same soft tyres and completed three laps to push himself to P4.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen spent his first run on the soft-tyre compound as well completing four laps in P2 behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.
Verstappen ended the session in P2 after 24 laps with a time of 1:18.880
Perez ended the session in P6 after 24 laps with a time of 1:19.662
In FP2, both Red Bull drivers started the session in the medium-tyre compound. After three push laps Verstappen made it to P3 with a 1:19.654 and Perez made it to P4 with 1:19.891.
The Red Bulls returned to the track on soft-tyres in the second half of the session. Verstappen set a laptime of 1:18.728 to reclaim P4 and Perez improved finishing P9 with a time of 1:19.397.
Perez states, "We were trying various bits to get comfortable with the car today and I think we have got a good idea and understanding of things, so hopefully tomorrow we will be able to show what we have learned. That should transfer to both high and low fuel pace and I am fairly optimistic for the weekend, but the Ferraris certainly look very strong. They are very fast but rain tomorrow could mix things up a bit and we can be up there with them. We must put everything together tomorrow for qualifying and I am looking forward to it."
Verstappen comments, "As expected, it was a bit tricky around here today, we were trying to find the right balance from high to low speed, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t – there’s a bit of work to do. I think the Ferraris will be ahead of us this weekend and it will be hard to beat them. We’ll work hard overnight and try and close that gap as much as we can. The weather looks like it will have an impact on us tomorrow. In the dry we might struggle to compete, but it could be a different story in the rain; who knows, we will see tomorrow."