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Verstappen clinches pole at the Canadian Grand Prix 

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Max Verstappen clinched pole position at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal.

Fernando Alonso was in second position, 0.645 seconds slower than Verstappen. Carlos Sainz was in third position as he was edged out by his fellow Spaniard Alonso in the dying minutes of the session.

Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen rounded off the top five positions in the qualification session at a very wet circuit.

The qualifying session started in wet and cold conditions with air temperatures at 13 degrees C and track temperatures at 18 degrees C at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal.

The Pirelli tyre choice at this race is the white-striped hard compound tyres (C3), yellow-striped medium compound tyres (C4), and red-striped soft compound tyres (C5), the softest range of compounds in the Pirelli tyre range.

But in the wet conditions, the drivers used the intermediate and wet tyres.

Charles Leclerc will start at the back of the grid in the race due to power unit penalties. The Scuderia Ferrari driver will be joined by Yuki Tsunoda at the back of the grid due to an engine change.

Q1: Vettel eliminated

The drivers came out on the full wet tyres in conditions that were worse than the conditions in final practice in the morning. George Russell set the early pace with a lap time of 1m36.688s.

Verstappen was on top of the difficult conditions and kept going faster to top the session with a lap time of 1m32.219s. Alonso continued his good form in final practice to take second position ahead of Sainz.

The Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, had no grip and none of the pace of the morning session and were eliminated.

Q1 dropzone: Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi, Yuki Tsunoda

Q2: Pérez and Norris knocked out

Most of the drivers came out on the full wet tyres even as the track was drying out. Alexander Albon and Sergio Pérez on the intermediate tyres went off the track and hit the barriers. Albon was able to reverse and rejoin the track.

Pérez suffered front-wing damage and his session was over. The session was red-flagged and resumed with nine minutes on the clock.

Lando Norris experienced power unit (PU) issues and was eliminated. Alonso was edged out of the top spot by Verstappen in the dying minutes of the session.

Zhou Guanyu made it into the final session of qualification (Q3) for the first time in his career even as Bottas was eliminated.

Q2 dropzone: Valtteri Bottas, Alexander Albon, Sergio Pérez, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc

Q3: Verstappen takes pole position

The last all-important twelve minutes of the top ten shootout started with pole position being contested by Verstappen, Sainz and Alonso.

Verstappen went to the top of the time charts with a lap time of 1m22.701s. The lap time was a full second quicker than his challengers.

On his second flying lap, Russell put on the slick tyres in a bold move that ended with the Briton hitting the barriers and suffered a damaged rear-wing.

Verstappen went even faster to take pole position. It was a dominant performance by the Dutchman as he topped all the sessions by a margin.

In the dying minutes of the session, Alonso edged out Sainz to take second position. Alonso topped the final free practice and made his good form count in the qualification session.

Top 10: Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher, Esteban Ocon, George Russell, Daniel Ricciardo, Zhou Guanyo

2022 Canadian Grand Prix Qualification:
Pos No Driver Nat. Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1:32.219 1:23.746 1:21.299 30
2 14 Fernando Alonso ESP BWT Alpine F1 Team 1:32.277 1:24.848 1:21.944 29
3 55 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.781 1:25.197 1:22.096 29
4 44 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1:33.841 1:25.543 1:22.891 31
5 20 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team 1:32.957 1:26.254 1:22.960 31
6 47 Mick Schumacher GER Haas F1 Team 1:33.707 1:25.684 1:23.356 31
7 31 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1:33.012 1:26.135 1:23.529 30
8 63 George Russell GBR Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1:33.160 1:24.950 1:23.557 30
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1:33.636 1:26.375 1:23.749 30
10 24 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo Racing 1:33.692 1:26.116 1:24.030 31
11 77 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo Racing 1:33.689 1:26.788 21
12 23 Alexander Albon THA Williams Racing 1:34.047 1:26.858 21
13 11 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1:33.929 1:33.127 14
14 4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1:34.066 DNF 15
15 16 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1:33.008 10
16 10 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:34.492 11
17 5 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team 1:34.512 12
18 18 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team 1:35.532 11
19 6 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1:35.660 11
20 22 Yuki Tsunoda JAP Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:36.575 4

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