Max Verstappen was the fastest driver in the Canadian GP qualifying session with a time of 1: 21.229 in humid weather. Taking advantage of the track conditions, Fernando Alonso surprised and was 0.645 s behind the Dutch, returned to the top of the time table in the ranking session, and the fastest third Carlos Sains was 0.797 s behind.
Without Charles Leclerc challenging him – punished and starting at the bottom of the starting lineup – Verstappen had few opponents to face him. Carlos Sains tried to replace his teammate as soon as he sat in the pool, but failed, and Fernando Alonso defeated his compatriot, promising to fight for leadership in the race.
Lewis Hamilton was the fourth fastest driver, followed by Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher. Esteban Ocon was not as fast as his teammate, finishing seventh in the third quarter ahead of George Russell, who took the risk on soft tires and was out of the way in his last attempt. Daniel Riccardo beat Guanyu Zhou in the third quarter.
The session was even suspended for a few minutes after Sergio Perez left the track in the second quarter and crashed into the circuit guards.
At the beginning of the qualifying round, Montreal was not only rainy, but also cold. At 12 ° C air temperature and 17 ° C road temperature, tire warming was a decisive factor, at least in Q1.
One of the surprises in the qualifying session was the elimination of Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll in the first quarter. The Aston Martins were one of the fastest in practice, but the situation was completely different in the qualifying round, and according to Vettel, they could not catch wet tires. Gasli also had a hard time getting out of the curves and didn’t have enough time to get through the second quarter.
Q1, rainy, was very difficult for many drivers. Lewis Hamilton was 12th and Sergio Perez was 13th. The Mexican athlete was unlucky again in the second quarter and lost his grip on the RB18 and crashed into the circuit guards, remaining out of the rest of the standings.
Lando Norris ‘McLaren ran a lot off the track, the driver had difficulty stopping the car during the queue, and some problems with the Mercedes’ power unit broke down in the second quarter.
On the other hand, Fernando Alonso always excelled in three parts of the qualifying round, and Mick Schumacher was able to pass the third quarter faster than Kevin Magnussen. Zhou Guanyu also rose to Q3, and this was the first time.
This session was:
Question 1: Aston Martin surprise
All drivers set off on wet tires at the opening of the first quarter. The biggest doubt was whether Charles Leclerc would take a risk under these conditions, but knowing that he was starting to work from the back of the pitch, the driver really got off the track.
The best start to the qualifying round was 1: 36.688 seconds before George Russell, his teammate Max Verstappen improved his time, and then Esteban Ocon.
Less than 10 minutes before the end of the first quarter, Russell regained the lead in the standings, with Sains holding the second-best record at that point. Kevin Magnussen also saw that one of his fast laps was deleted, but it was an instantaneous situation.
At the last moment, Sebastian Vettel, Alexander Albon, Nicolas Latifi, Yuki Tsunoda (he knew he would start the race with a penalty because he changed the power block) and Lance Stroll were in the elimination zone.
Sainz was still stunned as he made his way through the exit on the 3rd lap and picked up a yellow flag in Sector 1. Although Alexander Albon managed to save himself in 14th place, it was Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi and Yuki Tsunoda. Removed.
At the end of the 1st quarter, Leclerc, Sainz and Albona were warned that they would be investigated for moving too slowly on the track.
Max Verstappen set the pace in the first quarter with 1: 32.219. He was followed by Fernando Alonso (+0,058) and Carlos Sains (+0,562).
Lewis Hamilton is 12th (+1,622 seconds) and Sergio Perez is one position behind the British.
Question 2: Mick Schumacher responds to criticism and goes through the 3rd quarter
Leclerc did not return to the track in the second quarter without any risk.
Alexander Albon and Sergio Pérez left the track at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, interestingly enough that there is no traction to keep both the intermediate wheels and the single seats on the road. Although the Williams driver was able to get the car out of the way without much damage, Perez was unable to get out and forced the track marshals to stop the queuing session to keep him away from where he was being held. The classification for the Mexican is over.
Until then, 9 minutes before the end of the second quarter, Fernando Alonso was leading the schedule, followed by Max Verstappen.
During the restart of the session, the track was a bit dry, which allowed all drivers to use the intermediate wheels, and Max Verstappen climbed to the top of the timeline. Carlos Sains improved Verstappen’s record by a few seconds as the Dutchman was faster again.
Lando Norris never recorded for the last two minutes of the second quarter, when parts of the track were already dry, so there wasn’t much time for multiple attempts.
It should be noted that Mick Schumacher finished the second quarter faster than Kevin Magnussen. At the top of the table, Verstappen defeated Sainz, while Valtteri Bottas, Alexander Albon, Sergio Pérez, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc were eliminated without a record.
Question 3: Verstappen does not lose the pole position
Max Verstappen set the first fastest time in the third quarter, Carlos Sainz was 0.231 seconds behind the Dutchman. Fernando Alonso was close to his compatriot, 0.396 seconds behind Verstappen.
George Russell stopped in the pit on soft wheels on the W13, but the risk did not pay off, as he performed in the very wet complex of the 1st and 2nd turns.
In the end, Verstappen was able to break the previous record and strengthen his lead in the time table, and then Carlos Sains’ time was defeated by Fernando Alonso with the excellent performance of an experienced driver.
Lewis Hamilton managed to move up to fourth place, and Magnussen defeated his teammate, who performed well in today’s session.