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Verstappen gets Canadian GP pole

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 18: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 18, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen will start tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix from the pole position, with a surprising Fernando Alonso in second and Carlos Sainz in third.

Qualifying went underway under wet conditions, perhaps worse than what we had during Free Practice 3. Drivers struggled through their laps but eventually, the first timings came through, with George Russell leading through the first phases of Q1, though times were always improving.

Verstappen topped the charts at the end of Q1 with Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz following him. Charles Leclerc finished fifth behind of Kevin Magnussen. The Monegasque driver, though, will start from the back of the grid due to penalties.

The drivers eliminated in the session were Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi, and Yuki Tsunoda.

The second qualifying session went underway with some of the drivers going out in the medium wet compound, except for Verstappen and both Mercedes drivers.

Alexander Albon was the first victim of the weather as he slightly crashed, and was quickly followed by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who also crashed, with a heavier impact than Albon, against the barriers after locking up, bringing out the red flag.

The session resumed minutes later. Max Verstappen topped the time charts, 1.1 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso who finished in second place, and George Russell third.

The drivers eliminated in Q2 were Valtteri Bottas, Alexander Albon, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris, and Charles Leclerc.

In Q3 things were easier as the track saw less traffic. However, it didn’t mean the track wasn’t still a challenge, as George Russell spun out of control but was able to resume his qualifying.

In the end, it was Max Verstappen who claimed pole position for tomorrow’s Canadian GP with Carlos Alonso behind him. Carlos Sainz finished third as he struggled through the final corner with the slippery track.

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