The Red Bull Dutchman is confirmed as the best in qualifying on the water in Montreal: best time ahead of the Spaniard from Alpine and the Ferrari driver. Leclerc starts next to last. Fourth Hamilton
– Montreal (canada)
Heavy rain in Montreal and wet qualifying that changes values? Not so much: Max Verstappen is confirmed as number 1. The Dutch Red Bull won his 15th career pole position and lined up the Spaniards Fernando Alonso, eternal champion, and Carlos Sainz, third with Ferrari. Fourth Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes. Alonso’s front row with Alpine is the other great exploit of the day and confirms the value of the timeless 40-year-old Spaniard. Honorable mention for the two Haas of Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, who will start from the third row. Then Ocon and Russell, who tried to make the time with the slicks in Q3, before turning around in turn 3: a risky experiment that didn’t pay for the Englishman from Mercedes. Bravo Zhou with Alfa Romeo, for the first time in his career in Q3.
For the redhead, the top man of tomorrow will therefore be Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard will have to try to keep the honor of the Cavallino high as Leclerc will be forced to start from the back of the grid. Ferrari, after having mounted the third endothermic unit and two new ECUs on its car yesterday, being already penalized, has decided to mount a fourth complete unit. In doing so, the Monegasque will start from the last row in the race, but will have two substantially new power units to rotate in the next race. For Charles, however, a comeback is expected tomorrow, however not easy and obvious. In Q1, on a very wet track, Verstappen’s best time ahead of Alonso and Sainz. Then Magnussen and Leclerc. Eliminated Gasly, the two Aston Martins of Vettel and Stroll, the Williams of Latifi and the AlphaTauri of Tsunoda.
Sainz believes in it: “Alonso was great, but I look to Max – said the Iberian – if we start well the goal is to reach him. Verstappen was very fast, he always had a tenth in qualifying and he has it on the race pace. , but if we start well the conditions will be different and we will have a chance to fight to win. In the wet we were quite the same, with the intermediate the Red Bull was better than us. I did the best first sector, then I struggled in the second and I tried to recover everything in the third but I did even worse and this cost me second place. What race will we do tomorrow? anything could happen”.
Red Bull smiles for Verstappen’s pole, but a little less for Sergio Perez’s incident in Q2 in turn 3. Checo has a bang against the barriers and a red flag to remove his Red Bull. A problem for the Mexican because tomorrow, due to the 13th time in Q2, he will start in the seventh row tomorrow. Then at the restart, with the rain stopped, the track gradually dried up and the times dropped with each passage across the finish line. In the end, the best time was for Verstappen ahead of Alonso, Russell and Sainz. Very good Mick Schumacher, sixth with Haas and Guanyu Zhou, seventh with Alfa Romeo. The start tomorrow at 2o Italian.
The timing of the qualifying for the Canadian GP:
1. Verstappen (Red Bull) 1’21″299
2. Alonso (Alpine) 1’21″944
3. Sainz (Ferrari) 1’22″096
4. Hamilton (Mercedes) 1’22″891
5. Magnussen (Hare) 1’22″960
6. Schumacher (Haas) 1’23″356
7. Ocon (Alpine) 1’23″529
8. Russell (Mercedes) 1’23″557
9. Ricciardo (McLaren) 1’23 “749
10. Zhou (Alfa Romeo) 1’24 “030
11. Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 1’26 “788
12. Albon (Williams) 1’26″858
13. Perez (Red Bull) 1’33″127
14. Norris (McLaren) 1’41″141
15. Leclerc (Ferrari) s.t.
16. Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1’34 “492
17. Vettel (Aston Martin) 1’34″512
18. Stroll (Aston Martin) 1’35″532
19. Latifi (Williams) 1’35″660
20. Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) 1’36″575