Canadian GP: Pole for Verstappen

Held entirely in the rain, the qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix saw Max Verstappen take pole position ahead of Fernando Alonso while Carlos Sainz will occupy the second row with Lewis Hamilton.

This time, Charles Leclerc did not sign the pole position. While the Monegasque has dominated the exercise of the qualifying session in the last four Grands Prix, it is to Max Verstappen that this honor returned this Saturday on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve of Montreal. As in the last free practice session, a wet track awaited the drivers when the green light appeared at the end of the pit lane. However, the passage of single-seaters evacuated the humidity and, during Q3, it was on intermediate tires that the fight for pole position took place.

In this little game, it was therefore Max Verstappen who set the best time in 1’21”299, relegating the competition far behind. Indeed, very comfortable in the rain in the afternoon, Fernando Alonso set the second fastest time but 645 thousandths from pole position. For the first time since the 2012 German Grand Prix, the Asturian will have the opportunity to start from the front row.

Russell’s losing bet

Ferrari’s only representative in Q3, Carlos Sainz Jr gave his all but couldn’t do better than Max Verstappen’s third time at 797 thousandths and will occupy the second row with… Lewis Hamilton! At the wheel of a W13 that he no longer hesitates to criticize, the seven-time world champion spoke about his experience to finish fourth ahead of Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, who took full advantage of the conditions to achieve a result overall more than adequate.

Esteban Ocon, meanwhile, failed to match his team-mate and will start seventh alongside George Russell. The Briton was the only one to dare to put on slick tires at the end of the session. A move that could have been genius… but the track was not dry enough on the trajectory, especially in the sequence of the first three corners, for it to work. Daniel Ricciardo and Guanyu Zhou complete the Top 10 of this qualifying session.

Leclerc provided the essential

If Max Verstappen will be in pole position, he will not have his faithful lieutenant Sergio Pérez at his side. Indeed, the Mexican was at fault in Q2, causing the only red flag of the session and will start 13th. A second part of the qualifying session which saw Charles Leclerc stay in the garage. The Monegasque, guaranteed to start at the back of the grid because of the engine penalties he is subject to, ensured the minimum in Q1 to get ahead of Yuki Tsunoda on the back row this Sunday at the start.

Pierre Gasly, second in free practice this Saturday, was betrayed by his single-seater with brake problems that did not allow him to properly defend his chances in Q1, with the 16th time and a 15th place on the starting grid. because of Charles Leclerc’s penalty. A Canadian Grand Prix which promises to be lively in more ways than one, especially if the weather once again comes to play spoilsport.

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