Alpine guide Fernando Alonso finished second in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. The result was the driver’s best ranking since 2012, when he was pole at the German Grand Prix.
In an interview after the classification, the pelota player celebrated the performance. “It’s been a wonderful weekend. Thank you for the rainy weather today.”
Alonso also celebrated the performance of the car. “I felt good all the time, and the fans gave me that extra boost. I plan to attack Maxi in the first corner,” he said.
As a result, the network went wild. At 40, the Spaniard is the oldest of his peers. See some reactions:
Under heavy rain, Alonso also set the best mark of the day in his third free practice session this Saturday (18). 1min33s836. The reason for celebrating the consecration of the Spaniard was among those who saw the competition in person and commented on social media.
Max Verstappen set the fastest time in Formula 1 qualifying practice and took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday (19): 1min21s620.
Q1 – Leclerc’s only workout
Max Verstappen set the fastest time in Q1. Kevin Magnussen, from Haas, was shocked when he left last place and took the lead with the best lap time. He finished third in Q1.
At the start, Nicholas Latif and Esteban Ocon went straight for the first corner. The track was still wet from the rain that had been pouring down on Montreal all day. However, during the race, track conditions improved.
Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel, from AlphaTauri and Aston Martin, finished second and third respectively in the final free practice. Both, however, did not qualify in Q1.
Despite going to Q2, Charles Leclerc was left out of the qualifying practice. Ferrari decided on Saturday (18) that it would make a change to the engine of the Monegasque driver’s car. Therefore, he will start in the last position tomorrow, despite the result of the classification.
“I was happy with the result because I know it will be easy to get ahead with a good engine,” he says.
Q2 – Perez hits
Alexander Albon (Williams) surpassed the brake point in Q2. The yellow flag appeared. The same thing happened to Sérgio Perez (Red Bull), who went straight from the corner in the third lap. Perez’s blow, however, was a little stronger than Albon’s, and as a result, the red flag came into play to stop the race.
The Red Bull rider has ruled out qualifying training and will start on the 13th. The driver’s car had to be taken off the track. The Mexican started in front of Max Verstapp in the last two races and has achieved good results.
After the accident, all drivers returned to Q2 with intermediate tires. The track began to dry out, and the laps went faster as time went on, greatly reducing the time.
Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Alexander Albon have been left out of Q2. Max Verstappen held the lead with 1min23s746. Lewis Hamilton was one of the last to make it to the final lap, but managed to recover and finished fifth in Q2.
Q3 – Verstappen confirms favoritism
Max Verstappen directed the entire Q3 and reaffirmed his favoritism. With the dry track, the race was more stable, and the time indices dropped significantly. Verstappen’s mark, however, was lower than the second free practice on Friday (17): 1min14s127.
Check out the Canadian GP starting grid
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
6. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
7. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
8. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
9. George Russell (Mercedes)
10. Guanyu Zhou (Alpha Romeo)
11. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
12. Alexander Albon (Williams)
13. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
14. Lando Norris (McLaren)
15. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
16. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
17th Lance Tour (Aston Martin)
18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
19. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
20. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)