Max Verstappen will start from the first position in the Canadian Grand Prix, which will be held on Sunday afternoon.
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At the wheel of his Red Bull, the Dutch driver covered the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in 1 min, 21,299 s to overtake, not without surprise, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who had not occupied the front row of a F1 departure for ten years.
Photo QMI Agency, Joël Lemay
Quebecer Lance Stroll, only set the 18th fastest time and was eliminated in the first qualifying round.
However, he will gain a position on the starting grid due to the penalty (change of engine components) inflicted on Charles Leclerc.
Sebastian Vettel, Stroll’s teammate at Aston Martin, did little better, scoring 17 pointsAnd best time, while the other Canadian, Nicholas Latifi, finished 19thAnd.
Both will also benefit from Leclerc’s problems to move up the ranks.
Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) will share the second row when the red light goes out.
Starting in the rain, this qualifying session also delighted the two drivers of the American team Haas, Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, who respectively took fifth and sixth place.
In his first appearance in Montreal, Schumacher scored the best performance of his young career in qualifying, on a track where his illustrious father, Michael, climbed the top step of the podium seven times.
Verstappen did the right thing by signing his second leading position of the season and his first ever at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.
The Dutch driver during the meeting with the media after qualifying.
His two main rivals for the title race, his teammate Sergio Pérez (13th) and Leclerc, will have to work hard to secure the response.
The Mexican made a costly mistake in the second qualifying round when he lost control of his Red Bull and crashed into a protective barrier.
We’ve seen him try to shift into reverse to leave his troublesome position, but to no avail. The commissioners had no choice but to field a red flag to free his racing car.
Pérez tried to improve his luck by being one of the first to equip his car with intermediate tires, but this strategy was not successful.
“I love this tour”
“I don’t expect an easy race,” Verstappen said at a press conference. I have to thank my team for making the right decisions at the end of the third qualifying round. “
The trajectory dried up five minutes from the end of the debates, which prompted the ten qualified drivers in Q3 to mount their cars with slick tires.
“I love this circuit, added the Dutchman, and its passionate fans. We have this feeling of karting on curbs. This is so funny. “
As for Alonso, the dean of the drivers on the grid, he confirmed his excellent form, he who had dominated the last free practice session a few hours earlier, on a completely wet track.
“My goal, said the 40-year-old Spaniard, is to lead the race. I intend to attack Max from the first corner … It would be nice to dominate this Grand Prix. “
For the first time, after several refusals on his part, Jacques Villeneuve finally accepted the role of interviewer for the top three drivers when they got off the car after qualifying. The same task should be entrusted to him at the end of the Grand Prix.
According to the latest weather forecasts, on Sunday spectators will be able to enjoy the good weather after a terrible day at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.
- Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull)
- Fernando Alonso (ESP / Alpine-Renault)
- Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / Ferrari)
- Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes)
- Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari)
- Mick Schumacher (GER / Haas-Ferrari)
- Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine-Renault)
- George Russell (GBR / Mercedes)
- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / McLaren-Mercedes)
- Zhou Guanyu (CHN / Alfa Romeo)
- Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Alfa Romeo)
- Alexander Albon (THA / Williams-Mercedes)
- Sergio Perez (MEX / Red Bull)
- Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Mercedes)
- Pierre Gasly (FRA / Alpha Tauri-Red Bull)
- Sebastian Vettel (GER / Aston Martin-Mercedes)
- Lance Stroll (CAN / Aston Martin-Mercedes)
- Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams-Mercedes)
- Charles Leclerc (Mon / Ferrari)
- Yuki Tsunoda (JPN / Alpha Tauri-Red Bull)