Max Verstappen will start the Canadian Grand Prix on Monday (4am AEST) from pole position after a wet and wild classification in Montreal.
The Red Bull ace was 0.645 seconds faster than anyone on the day, with teammate Sergio Perez falling in Q2, while title rival Charles Leclerc did not take part in Q2 because he already has a penalty on the grid. to change your Ferrari power unit.
Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso, 40, starred in the classification, hitting the field putting his Alpine in the front row ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.
Daniel Ricciardo made it to Q3 and will start on Monday in the ninth, while McLaren teammate Lando Norris was eliminated in Q2 due to a power issue.
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Verstappen will start from the pole position. (Photo by Jim WATSON / POOL / AFP) Source: AFP
Verstappen’s pole finish with a four-run streak from rival Leclerc title that starts the race from the bottom of the grid.
Alonso, 40, made a dazzling final lap to delight the crowd and outscore Sainz, who placed third ahead of an invigorated Mercedes Lewis Hamilton.
Kevin Magnussen finished fifth ahead of his Haas teammate Mick Schumacher, Esteban Ocon in the second Alpine and George Russell in the second Mercedes.
It was Schumacher’s best qualifying performance since arriving at Formula One last year.
Ricciardo was ninth for McLaren ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu, the Chinese driver reaching the top ten for the first time on a day of the unexpected.
After heavy rain during the night and throughout the morning, the temperature was only 11 degrees when Race Control declared the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit as the official “wet track” for the session.
Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth. (Photo by Clive Mason / Getty Images) Source: Getty Images
Another large crowd came, adorned with ponchos and colored plastic anoraks to greet the return of F1 after a three-year absence caused by Covid.
The 20 riders immediately set out to test the conditions in the initial qualifying session, the whole field running on folded tires.
The track looked wetter than it had been in the final workouts when Alonso was faster.
Russell set the pace early before Verstappen and Sainz took over only for the Mercedes man to respond again before Magnussen went faster for Haas.
As a dry line began to emerge, Valtteri Bottas took over as times fell with dramatic effect, Sainz grabbed his Ferrari cap again before running into the third corner and set off. back to rejoin the fight.
In the midst of the chaos, Verstappen kept quiet to get ahead of Alonso faster again, while, unexpectedly after shining in the third training session, Aston Martin’s two men, local star Lance Stroll and the four times champion Sebastian Vettel, were eliminated.
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With them came Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri, Canada’s second hope Nicholas Latifi from Williams and Yuki Tsunoda in the second Alpha Tauri.
The second session started with some riders, including Sainz and Pérez, testing intermediate tires only for Alex Albon to go out on lap six with his Williams and then Pérez slid against the barriers, more strongly, on turn three.
Perez’s crash caused a red flag to stop the action, shattering his hopes of beating Verstappen in the standings for the third consecutive weekend to increase his title bid.
The session resumed with nine minutes to go, a wider dry line and everyone intermediate except Leclerc who was pitted, knowing he would start the race on Sunday from the bottom of the grid after catching a new drive. power.
In a frantic final, Verstappen overtook Alonso at the top, while Bottas of Alfa Romeo, Albon, Perez, Lando Norris of McLaren and Leclerc lost the cut.
Russell set an early score at 1: 24.006 before Verstappen flexed his power in 1: 22.701. It was a round of statements.
In his second race, Russell opted for flat tires while the Dutchman cut his fastest time to 1: 21.620, a bet that failed when he turned on the second lap.
QUALIFICATION: TOP TEN
1) Max Verstappen
2) Fernando Alonso
3) Carlos Sainz
4) Lewis Hamilton
5) Kevin Magnussen
6) Mick Schumacher
7) Esteban Ocon
8) George Russell
9) Daniel Ricciardo
10) Zhou Guanyu