Max Verstappen dominated qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix in the rain

Verstappen was already leading by the end of the second part of the session, setting the best time of 1:21:299 to beat Fernando Alonso’s Alpine by 645 thousandths of a second and Carlos Sainz Jr.’s Ferrari by 797 thousandths of a second.

Despite the particularly cool weather for the season, the Red Bull driver used a drying track. It was his second pole position of the season and the 15th of his career.

Conditions were tough today but we stayed calm, avoided mistakes and took the lead. It’s always nice to drive here, so I’m looking forward to tomorrowsaid Verstappen after the session.

“I felt very comfortable in the rain today,” said Sainz. As the track dried, I felt that the others were making progress. I tried to defend myself but other than that I think we’re in a good position for tomorrow. We’ll see how we deal with Fernando, who has been very quick since the beginning of the weekend.

Alonso surprised the gallery by finishing on the front row of the grid at Hockenheim, a first for the 40-year-old Spaniard since 2012.

That’s wonderful! exclaimed Alonso. We’ve had a great weekend so far. Thanks to the track conditions, the car was great. I felt very comfortable behind the wheel. I think we can attack Max from the first turn!

Verstappen has had the wind in his sails for some time, having won four of the last five events. The reigning world champion has clinched a total of five victories this season, the others going to team-mate Sergio Pérez (1) and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc (2).

However, the Red Bull team learned in Q2 that they would not be able to monopolize the front row as Pérez went off the track between Turns 3 and 4, resulting in a red flag. The Mexican will therefore start 13th.

At least initially, Verstappen does not have to worry about Leclerc on Sunday. The Scuderia reversed their decision to replace certain components of Leclerc’s car’s engine, preferring to replace it entirely. As a result, the Monegasque will start at the back of the field alongside Alpha Tauri driver Yuki Tsunoda, who will be penalized for the same reasons.

Leclerc was therefore unable to improve on his impressive record, which already includes six pole positions this season.

Lance Stroll deep in the grid

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, his Quebec teammate Lance Stroll and Torontonian Nicholas Latifi (Williams) finished 17th, 18th and 19th respectively. However, they will gain a place each under Leclerc’s penalty.

We were quite competitive in FP3 so it was disappointing not to be able to repeat that in qualifying, Stroll said. There was just no grip, which meant we got stuck at the end of the pack.

The yellow flag towards the end of the session prevented a good lap as conditions improved and the track was a second faster on the lap.he added.

Weather conditions should be favorable for the race with sunny skies and temperatures reaching 21 degrees Celsius. Alonso had given a taste of his intentions by being fastest in Saturday’s third free practice session.

Verstappen leads the standings with 150 points, 21 ahead of Pérez. Leclerc follows in 3rd place with 116 while everyone else in the field is under 100.

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is the defending champion of the Canadian Grand Prix. He finished 4th on the starting grid.

5 en qualifications, dans ces conditions-là, c’est merveilleux”,”text”:”Ça a été très difficile depuis une semaine, mais je suis reconnaissant de pouvoir piloter malgré la douleur [au dos]. Nous connaissons encore des ennuis avec la voiture, il nous reste encore beaucoup de pain sur la planche, mais obtenir un top5 en qualifications, dans ces conditions-là, c’est merveilleux”}}”>It’s been very difficult for a week, but I’m grateful to be able to ride despite the pain [au dos]. We’re still having problems with the car, we still have a lot to do, but to finish in the top five in qualifying under these conditions is wonderful.said Hamilton, author of his best qualifying result this season.

The Montreal event has been canceled for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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