It was wet and tough while qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen (24) was the fastest, but veteran Fernando Alonso (40) had the second best time.
Alonso showed the best time in the third training round, that something was going on, and in qualifying he fell apart. And so the Spaniard managed to manage it for the second time at the end of the third quarter, showing that he has a lot of experience in difficult conditions.
The 2005 and 2006 world champions haven’t started among the top two since Germany in 2012, but he’s now very offensive:
“I want to attack Max first,” Alonso said when he was interviewed right after qualifying.
He blinked and got an immediate response from the audience: “Alonso, Alonso, Alonso!”
Lewis Hamilton: My teeth gritted in pain
Lewis Hamilton (37) looked like “the old man who climbed out of the window” after crossing the finish line in Baku.
World Cup three in the back
But for Verstappen, it was once a dream. World Cup runner-up and teammate Sergio Perez started 13th after having to break qualifying after hitting a barrier. In addition, Ferrari driver and three in the World Cup summary Charles Leclerc starts at the back as a result of an engine change.
There was heavy rain in Montreal on Saturday and drivers could feel it as well. They slipped a lot and most chose to drive on rain tires during qualifying – those with the most styles.
There was encouragement in the alpine garage when Alonso got the second best starting track:
Mercedes and George Russell tried the fastest tyres, but they didn’t run as well as the German manufacturer would like and he’s already out in the first corner. It starts as the number eight.
This weekend’s tour will be the first in Canada since 2019. The coronavirus pandemic put an end to racing in 2020 and 2021. Lewis Hamilton reached the top for the last time and was on the shooting range when he started fourth on Sunday, his best qualification in what was A very turbulent season. He has won the World Cup seven times since 2009.
There are also reports of much better sunshine and conditions when the race starts Sunday at 20.00.
note! Mick Schumacher also had a very good day, getting the best qualifying result of his career when he finished sixth.
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