Canadian Grand Prix | Max Verstappen will start in the lead


Reigning champion Max Verstappen will be the first to start on Sunday on the starting grid of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.

Posted at 17:20

Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
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The driver recorded a time of 1: 21.299 on a wet track. To everyone’s surprise, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso will start second.

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Mick Schumacher (Haas), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), George Russell (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Zhoun Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) complete the top 10.

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Fernando Alonso driving his Alpine

Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Alexander Albon (Williams), Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) and Lando Norris (McLaren) were eliminated in Q2.

Charles Leclerc did not take part in the second qualification, he who will start at the bottom of the group on Sunday. We remind you that the Ferrari driver received a penalty for changing the engine; what caused his abandonment in Baku last Sunday, being irreparable.

Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) will start 16And and 17And. For their part, the Canadians Lance Stroll and Nicholas were not lucky enough to arrive at 18And and 19And time.

Yet well placed the day before during free practice Stroll fought behind the wheel of an Aston Martin that was literally undriveable.

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Lance Stroll driving his Aston Martin

“We don’t understand what happened, explained the pilot at the press conference. We had no grip and, moreover, there was a yellow flag at the end … ”

For his part, Latifi did not hide his disappointment. “It’s frustrating, of course,” she said. I would have liked to have done better here in front of the Canadian fans. The conditions were very difficult with little visibility and little grip. I gave it my all, but it was really difficult due to the poor balance of the car. We will work on the car, we will try to find good settings for the race. We will see… ”

Stroll and Latifi should move up by at least one position on the starting grid, due to the penalty inflicted on Charles Leclerc, but on Sunday they will still have a tough job trying to get a good classification. It was Yuki Tsunoda (Alfa Romeo) who had the worst time in qualifying.

More details to come.

Starting grid

1D. line :

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Fernando Alonso (Renault Alpina)

2And line :

Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari)

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

3And line :

Kevin Magnussen (Haas-Ferrari)

Mick Schumacher (Haas-Ferrari)

4And line :

Esteban Ocon (Renault Alpina)

George Russell (Mercedes)

5And line :

Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren-Mercedes)

Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)

6And line :

Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)

Alexander Albon (Williams-Mercedes)

7And line :

Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

Lando Norris (McLaren-Mercedes)

8And line :

Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri-Red Bull)

Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin-Mercedes)

9And line :

Lance Stroll (Aston Martin-Mercedes)

Nicholas Latifi (Williams-Mercedes)

10And line :

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri-Red Bull)

With Agence France-Presse


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