Home Formula One Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes pole as Nico Hulkenberg given grid penalty after qualifying second

Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes pole as Nico Hulkenberg given grid penalty after qualifying second

Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes pole as Nico Hulkenberg given grid penalty after qualifying second


Ferrari's Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc was eradicated in Q2 after Ferrari left it too lengthy to place him on slick tyres earlier than the rain returned
Venue: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal Dates: 16-18 June
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Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen took pole place in a moist qualifying session on the Canadian Grand Prix that produced a sequence of shocks.

He’ll begin forward of Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg initially certified second however was given a three-place grid penalty for exceeding the velocity restrict beneath red-flag situations.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez are tenth and twelfth.

They have been knocked out within the second session after ready too lengthy to modify to slick tyres earlier than the rain returned.

Veteran German Hulkenberg, who was demoted to fifth, was certainly one of 4 drivers to be given three-place grid penalties for infringements throughout qualifying on a busy day for the stewards.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz certified eighth however was given a penalty for impeding Alpine’s Pierre Gasly within the first a part of qualifying.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon begins sixth with Lando Norris in seventh, instantly in entrance of his McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri.

Piastri crashed early within the ultimate session, an incident that introduced out the pink flag and in the end prevented any drivers from bettering their place as a result of the rain grew to become heavier in the course of the delay.

Williams driver Alex Albon was one other to place in an impressive efficiency, ending the second session quickest after playing on beginning it on dry-weather tyres.

The British-born Thai was unable to repeat the heroics within the ultimate session however a ninth-place begin is Williams’ better of the season to date.

Hulkenberg exhibits ‘enduring high quality’ regardless of penalty

Nico Hulkenberg, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso celebrate qualifying in the top three for the Canadian Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg (left) made his Components 1 debut in 2010

Even together with his penalty, imposed for failing to remain throughout the velocity restrict after Piastri’s crash, Hulkenberg and Albon supplied the stand-out performances of a dramatic session dominated by the ever-changing situations on the demanding Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile Notre Dame, throughout the St Lawrence Seaway from downtown Montreal.

Introduced again to F1 by Haas this yr for his expertise after three years with out a common drive, Hulkenberg supplied a reminder of his enduring high quality in situations wherein he has usually excelled.

He was the final driver to set a timed lap within the ultimate a part of qualifying because the rain was simply starting to accentuate earlier than Piastri misplaced management at Flip Seven.

The Australian rookie’s error got here after he had impressed within the second session, setting the fourth-fastest time behind Albon, Verstappen and Norris.

Piastri was not the one driver to undergo as situations began damp and have become drier by way of the primary one and a half classes earlier than the rain started to come back down, at first evenly after which extra closely into the ultimate a part of qualifying.

Ferrari had appeared fast in apply earlier within the day, and within the dry situations of Friday, however Leclerc’s day unravelled within the second session.

Like most drivers, however not Albon, he began it on intermediate tyres, however on his out lap was already radioing that the observe was dry sufficient for slicks and he needed to come back in instantly.

The crew suggested him to remain out to set a ‘banker’ lap, which he did, however after returning to the observe on slicks, he was by no means aggressive.

In desperation, he switched again to intermediate tyres for the ultimate a part of the session, however when he went again on observe in rising rain, he radioed to say the tyres have been “not prepared”, and set free an anguished scream to indicate his frustration.

Sainz was penalised for an alarming incident wherein he and Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda have been collectively on the ultimate chicane attempting to start out a flying lap and Sainz and Ferrari between them did not account for Gasly closing at a speedy tempo as he sought to finish a flying lap.

Tsunoda was himself given a three-place grid drop for impeding Hulkenberg, relegating him to nineteenth, whereas Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll will begin sixteenth at his dwelling grand prix after he was penalised for impeding Ocon.

Perez was one other to fail to get the perfect out of the tyres by way of the primary a part of the second session, and he faces his third consecutive race beginning exterior the highest 10, an unenviable report for a person within the quickest automobile who a month in the past nonetheless had pretensions of profitable the championship.

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