Greatness Alonso! Two-time champion is the protagonist of the F-1 rain qualification in Canada

Dmitry Zakharchenko

Dmitry Zakharchenko

Formula One Canadian Grand Prix

Verstappen took six-tenths to pole after Sainz’s mistake at the decisive moment.

Q1: failure of Aston Martin and Gasley

It rains throughout the weekend in Montreal – on Thursday, the circuit named after Gilles Villeneuve was almost flooded. On Friday, the elements gave the pilots a break – the first two sessions of free races were held on a dry track, but on Saturday the rain charged again and it went on all day of the competition – from morning practice to the end of qualifying.

As a result, in the first segment, the pilots went to the track on tires for heavy rain and, without a break to change tires, they wound circles in the hope of drying out the trajectory and snatching the moment in traffic for a fast lap. In such conditions, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso drove the fastest, who “brought” their closest rivals – Sainz, Magnussen and Leclerc – more than half a second.

But among those who failed to shine in the rain, was Pierre Gasly – on his last fast lap, the Frenchman lost in the second and third sectors and, as a result, remained only 16th. The rain conditions did not suit the Aston Martin drivers – Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll could not improve in the last laps and remained 17th and 18th, ahead of only Nicholas Latifi. An unexpected result on the background of Seb’s good speed in the third training session …

Yuki Tsunoda closed the protocols, who was already forced to start from the last row due to the replacement of engine components, and therefore returned to the pits after four laps.


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Q2: Perez in the wall, Norris no chance

By the start of the second part of the qualification, the rain stopped, and several pilots decided to try the “intermediate” tires at once. Among them were Alex Albon and Sergio Perez – both almost simultaneously could not resist on the slippery surface and arrived at the chippers. And if Albon was able to return to the track, then Cheko failed to put in reverse gear – his Red Bull had to be evacuated by the marshals, and the red flags interrupted the races.

During the break, the track dried up a little more, and when the races resumed, all the pilots switched to “intermediate”. The speeds increased noticeably, but the front remained the same – Verstappen and Alonso, Russell showed the third time, ahead of Sainz, and Hamilton broke into fifth place at the last moment. Schumacher and Zhou scored strong results on the drying track – they went into Q3 from sixth and seventh positions.

The success of the Chinese debutant is all the more surprising that Valtteri Bottas was 0.6 seconds slower, finishing only in eleventh place and dropped out of the session. Nor was Albon able to recover from the relegation, who was the slowest and settled in 12th place, ahead of Perez, who took 13th place. And two more pilots did not show any result at all – Leclerc did not leave, because due to the replacement of components of the power plant he was fined by starting from the last row, and Norris had problems with the power plant.

After the red flags, Lando did not go to the track for a long time, and when he was still able to leave the pits, he drove at such a slow pace that he had to let Okon pass. Circle Norris never finished and returned to the pit lane.


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Q3: Max’s second pole of the season

By the final part of the session, the trajectory was almost dry, but puddles remained on the track, and therefore the pilots continued to work with “intermediate” tires. Already in the first attempt, Verstappen drove a brilliant circle, a second ahead of everyone else, and although Sainz and Alonso later pulled themselves up to the championship leader, no one managed to impose a fight on him.

Before the second series of fast laps, George Russell unexpectedly switched to soft, but the Briton’s risk did not materialize – already in the second turn of the fast lap, the Briton flew off the track and damaged the rear wing. No one else experimented with slicks…

Meanwhile, Verstappen took another second off his time and booked his second pole of the season, and Alonso snatched second place after the checkered flag, who dominated along with Max throughout the session. The magnificent circle of the Spaniard sent Sainz to third place (the Spaniard made a mistake in the final esque in the last attempt), and Hamilton – to fourth.

Fifth and sixth places were taken by the Haas riders – Kevin Magnussen was ahead of Mick Schumacher by almost four tenths of a second. Nevertheless, the German turned out to be faster than Ocon and Russell, who was never able to return to the track after his departure, and Riccardo and Zhou closed the top 10. The latter, however, will be checked by the judges – having cut off the ninth turn, the debutant incorrectly returned to the track.

The Canadian Grand Prix starts on Sunday, June 19 at 21:00 Moscow time.


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