Formula 1

Formula 1: Verstappen excels in wet Qualifying, Alonso lines up in 2nd.

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Max Verstappen mastered the wet conditions in montreal to take pole, while Fernando Alonso drove superbly to take 2nd. Sainz lines up in 3rd ahead of Lewis Hamilton and the incredible Haas duo.

Before the session began, news broke that Leclerc would be starting from the back of the grid, regardless of his qualifying position.

The track still had a lot of standing water, but the rain had subsided. All cars took to the grid with full wet tyres bolted on.

Q1 – Latifi Laments, Aston Martin Malarky

Times for the majority of the session were not comparable as the cars were trying to create something of a dry line.

With a minute to go, Sainz went off at turn 4, bringing out the yellow flags. With such little time left and on such an unpredictable track, a moment like this threatened to ruin some drivers attempts to escape Q1.

After a strong practice session, both Aston Martins were shockingly knocked out. Gasly was the closest to making Q1, but neither he or his team-mate could progress. It was an anti-climax for Latifi, who qualified 19th at his first home race.

  1. 16th Gasly
  2. 17th Vettel
  3. 18th Stroll
  4. 19th Latifi
  5. 20th Tsunoda

Q2 – Perez palava, no way forwards for Norris

The rain returned at the start of the session, nullifying all attempts to move the water with the wet weather tyres.

As the cars were starting to find a groove, a yellow flag was shown for Albon. His Williams locked up into turn 6, but made only light contact with the barrier. He was able to reverse back, but was immediately interrupted by Perez having a very similar incident in turn 4, except much harder. The Mexican attempted to reverse out, but to no avail. The Red flag soon appeared.

The session restarted 20 minutes later, and the rain had stopped. The laptimes were plummeting, the top places were changing constantly. Norris had engine troubles early in the session and was unable to make the end of the session.

Despite some strong laps, Albon could only manage 11th, while a quick lap from Ocon at the death relegated Bottas. Haas turned heads, finishing 6th and 9th in Schumacher’s favour, a very strong result. Verstappen finished quickest, pipping a very fast Alonso at the very end.

Eliminated:

  • 11th Bottas
  • 12th Albon
  • 13th Perez
  • 14th Norris
  • 15th Leclerc

Q3 – Russell’s regret, Amazing Alonso

Initial runs put Verstappen quite far in front of Sainz, but Alonso put himself solidly in the top 3, ahead of the Mercedes drivers.

Russell took a massive gamble with 5 minutes left, pitting for the soft compound tyre. This didn’t work in his favour as the Mercedes spun through turn 2. He would later pit, not having a final opportunity to improve.

Verstappen managed to improve his final laptime, while Sainz almost spun through the final corner. His time was good enough for 2nd initially, but Alonso stormed to 2nd after a very impressive session. Hamilton took a strong 4th, ahead of the incredible Haas duo.

Results:

  1. Verstappen
  2. Alonso
  3. Sainz
  4. Hamilton
  5. Magnussen
  6. Schumacher
  7. Ocon
  8. Russell
  9. Ricciardo
  10. Zhou

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