Verstappen takes Canadian GP pole in moist forward of Alonso

Max Verstappen claimed his second pole place of the 2022 System 1 season as Fernando Alonso earned his entrance row begin in a decade in a rain-affected qualifying session on the Canadian Grand Prix.

Heavy rain soaked the observe previous to qualifying with the situations bettering sufficient for the Q3 pole shootout to characteristic intermediates on a observe that seemed prefer it was nearly prepared for slick tires – one thing George Russell unsuccessfully gambled on within the last moments of Q3.

Verstappen had no such points, having fun with a wholesome one second margin earlier than the ultimate flying laps of Q3.

Verstappen’s last effort of a 1m21.620s was finally 0.645s faster than his nearest competitor – which proved to be Alpine’s Alonso who backed up his robust tempo within the first two segments of qualifying to take his first entrance row because the 2012 German Grand Prix.

Alonso beat his fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who needed to accept third place for Ferrari forward of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher delivered stellar Q3 laps to lock out the third row for Haas.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was unable to match the heroics of his team-mate all through qualifying and finally took seventh place on the grid.

Russell’s slick tire gamble backfired as he spun off at Flip 2, and he needed to accept eighth place forward of Daniel Ricciardo and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu who made it into Q3 for the primary time in F1 however faces a post-qualifying investigation for failing to respect the race director’s notes.

Zhou’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was knocked out of Q3 for the third successive weekend in eleventh place forward of Alex Albon who survived an off shortly earlier than Perez’s crash, to report a season’s finest twelfth place on the grid for Williams.

Monaco GP winner Sergio Perez crashed out of Q2 midway by way of the session when he nosed his RB18 into the boundaries at Flip 3 and couldn’t reverse out of it.

He confronted an extended stroll again to the paddock and can begin tomorrow’s race from thirteenth on the grid as a result of Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc didn’t full a lap.

Norris battled an influence unit downside that McLaren was unable to repair whereas Leclerc elected to not set a lap, figuring out he’d have to start out from the again of the grid anyway as a result of engine penalties.

Pierre Gasly suffered his third Q1 exit of the season and complained of brake points as he narrowly missed out on a spot in Q2 in sixteenth place.

He was joined on the sidelines by the Aston Martin duo of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll who didn’t ship on their robust observe tempo.

Nicholas Latifi’s 100% report of Q1 exits continued whereas AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, who was already as a result of begin in the back of the grid as a result of engine part adjustments, was the slowest of the 20 drivers in Q1.

Qualifying Outcomes

Pos Title Automobile



1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull 1m32.219s 1m23.746s 1m21.299s
2 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m32.277s 1m24.848s 1m21.944s
3 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m32.781s 1m25.197s 1m22.096s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.841s 1m25.543s 1m22.891s
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m32.957s 1m26.254s 1m22.96s
6 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m33.707s 1m25.684s 1m23.356s
7 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m33.012s 1m26.135s 1m23.529s
8 George Russell Mercedes 1m33.16s 1m24.95s 1m23.557s
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.636s 1m26.375s 1m23.749s
10 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m33.692s 1m26.116s 1m24.03s
11 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m33.689s 1m26.788s
12 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 1m34.047s 1m26.858s
13 Sergio Pérez Pink Bull 1m33.929s 1m33.127s
14 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.066s
15 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m33.008s
16 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Pink Bull 1m34.492s
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m34.512s
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m35.532s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m35.66s
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Pink Bull 1m36.575s

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