2022 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying Report and Highlights: Verstappen defies wet conditions to take Canadian GP pole ahead of sensational Alonso

Under treacherous conditions to qualify for the Canadian Grand Prix in 2022, it was Max Verstappen who kept his head to claim his first pole position in 2022 since Imola – with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso set to join him in the front row after a fantastic race from the Spaniards.

Lapping on the middle deck of the drying circuit Gilles Villeneuve, clocked Verstappen to a time of 1m 21.299s, and gave him a full 0.645s away from the herd, led by Alonso – who will start in the front row since taking pole in Germany 10 years. since.

Finished the top three was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, whose teammate Charles Leclerc will start P19 after taking on new power unit elements. Lewis Hamilton showed his wet weather ability to take P4, ahead of a fine performance for Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, who shared third row in P5 and P6.

1


Max
Skip
VER
Red Bull Racing
1: 21,299
2


Fernando
Alonso
ALO
Alpine
1: 21,944
3


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari
1: 22.096
4


Lewis
Hamilton
HAM
Mercedes
1: 22,891
5


Kevin
Magnussen
MAG
Haas F1 Team
1: 22,960

Esteban Ocon took P7 ahead of George Russell’s second Mercedes – an attempt to put a round of slicks in the final phase that came to naught for the Englishman, as he spun in turn 2 – with Daniel Ricciardo on his way to Zhou Guanyu. The Chinese driver made his first Q3 appearance ever, but will be investigated after the session for a violation in turn 14.

Valtteri Bottas was number 11, ahead of Williams from Alex Albon, then Sergio Perez – who crashed his Red Bull out of Q2, with red flags – ahead of Lando Norris, the Briton who had a problem with the power unit.

Leclerc was P15, but will fall back with his penalty, promoting Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi, who all dropped out in Q1.

Yuki Tsunoda will take up the back of the field, after taking engine penalties for changes in the power unit.

More to follow …

Qualifying Highlights: Canadian Grand Prix 2022

AS IT HAPPENED

Q1 – FP3 stars Vettel and Gasly fail to get through, as both Canadians drop out

Race Control did not say anything about the weather conditions before the qualification, and confirmed that the risk of rain was 100% – and all runners used the opening segment on the extremely wet tires. “The plan is to get on board early with the risk of red and yellow flags,” Hamilton’s engineer Pete Bonnington told his driver. “I can not see much in front of me,” Hamilton replied.

Conditions were absolutely tough – but the 20 drivers were about to round Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with Max Verstappen leading with 1m 32.219s, ahead of Alonso Alpine, who drove beautifully in the wet, after leading FP3 under similar conditions.

Q1 will witness some big scalps, with Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel both falling out of favor and falling out – the pair after being P2 and P3 in FP3, Vettel was audibly frustrated by the team radio.

It was a disappointment for the home crowd as well, with both Montreal-born cyclists Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi going out in Q1, along with the other AlphaTauri from motor penalty Yuki Tsunoda, who took P20. Charles Leclerc, who will also start on the big net after taking a number of new power unit elements, went on to Q2 in P5, while Alex Albon also impressed by making his and Williams’ first Q2 appearance since Bahrain.

Turned out: Gasly, Vettel, Stroll, Latifi, Tsunoda


Vettel was a shock Q1 exit after his P3 in the last training

Q2 – Verstappen leads Alonso again when Perez smash brings out red flags

A handful of drivers swallowed their brave pills and headed for Q2 on the green-walled intermediates, Hamilton – who went out on wet – said the conditions were “definitely on crossover, very close”.

Albon and Perez may have begged to separate, the middle-shuttered runners found both walls at turns 6 and 3 early in the segment, respectively, the two drivers leveling and hitting the barriers.

Albon’s impact seemed harmless enough, causing little visible damage – although Williams changed the front wing – but Perez damaged both his own front wing and was unable to find reverse on the RB18, which left him trapped in the TECPROs and produced a red flag.

The Mexican was forced to climb out of the car and walk through the park area back to the paddock, and his qualifier was over on a day when Red Bull would love to squeeze in the advantage over the online penalty Leclerc.

2022 Canadian GP Qualification: Pérez raises the red flags after hitting the barrier in Q2

Despite Albon and Perez’s hits, all the remaining runners went out again on inters for the remaining nine minutes, carrying Leclerc – happy to park it up given his penalties – and Norris, who reported an engine failure at McLaren, the British on road. out with three minutes left before retiring to the pits, his problem was clearly not solved.

As the course improved, times fell, but the top two ended up as Q1, Verstappen led Alonso again with 1m 23.746s. Along with Perez, Norris and Leclerc in the drop zone were Bottas and Albon – the Thai driver with his best qualification for the season, but not quite enough to give Williams the first Q3 of the year.

Alfa Romeos’s Zhou Guanyu took over his first Q3 appearance ever in P7, as Mick Schumacher also impressed with his second ever appearance in the top 10 shoot-out, along with his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen. These Haases, Mercedes and Alpines were the only three teams with both cars in Q3.

Eliminated: Bottas, Albon, Perez, Norris, Leclerc


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Under difficult conditions, it was all the more impressive for Zhou to make his first ever Q3 appearance, on his first ever outing in Montreal.

Q3 – Verstappen and Alonso 1-2 once again as the Dutchman takes the pole

With the conditions as they were, you would not have bet that someone took pole position in Montreal dreich on Saturday.

The opening game led to Verstappen leading Sainz and Alonso, and Schumacher did well to get into P4. But the course changed minute by minute, corner by corner, with the times continuing to improve.

Was it dry enough for slicks? George Russell thought it was worth a shot, but got a cropper in turn 2, and spun into the grass in a move that would leave him P8. Nothing dared …

Verstappen flew though, and duly hit a 1m 21. 299s on his final round to take his 15th career pole. But it was Alonso who entertained the audience, the two-time champion slipped past the Wall of Champions on his last attempt to take P2 – Alonso was surprisingly the fastest Spaniard, when he took his protégé Carlos Sainz, who finished third.

Hamilton took his first top four start of the year, ahead of the happy Haas boys Magnussen and Schumacher – when Ocon, Russell, Ricciardo and Zhou rounded the top 10 after a memorable Canadian qualification.

2022 Canadian GP Qualification: Russell’s risky transition to slicks ends in spin

The key quote

“Of course I still expect it not to be an easy race,” said Verstappen after securing the pole for what will be his 150th Grand Prix. “But I think today with the difficult conditions we kept calm, we did not make mistakes and we had the right calls in Q3, of course super happy with it to get pole position here. Besides, being back here in Montreal, it has been a while ago and it’s great to see all the fans.

“You really get the go-kart sensation back with proper curbs around here, so we always like to drive here and look forward to tomorrow.”

What’s next?

Canadian Grand Prix 2022 starts at 1400 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Will it be the sixth consecutive victory for a Red Bull this season? Or can Alonso use his experience to recover in the battle for his first victory since Spain 2013?