By Robert Haile
Max Verstappen has claimed only his second pole position of the season with a dominant qualifying in Montréal.
It was a wet start to the qualifying session at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix but on his 150th Grand Prix Red Bull’s Verstappen took pole position.
Pole sitter and championship leader Verstappen said: “Today was simply lovely. The conditions were very tricky out there, it was very slippery, but we stayed calm, we made sure we were there at the right time and we managed to put in some solid laps.
“It’s been a nice day and overall we’re having a good weekend, it’s a shame for Checo (Perez) but hopefully he can make up the places tomorrow during the race.
“Tomorrow, we need to focus on the first lap and then concentrate on our own race, I still expect there to be a good battle.
“It’s been a while since Fernando (Alonso) and I have been alongside each other on the grid, I used to look up to him as a young kid watching Formula One, with him being up there winning races and championships, so it’s great to be sharing the front row with him.”
Joining him on the front row will be Alpine’s Fernando Alonso after showing all the youngsters how it’s done in Free Practice the Spanish Master replicated that form when it mattered.
In third was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz with Charles Leclerc taking a grid penalty for a new power unit element he bowed out in the second qualifying session as he was starting at the back.
Their is another different team in fourth as Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes will start on the second row while it’s a Haas’ third row as Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher start fifth and sixth.
Esteban Ocon will start seventh for Alpine with Mercedes’ George Russell next to him in eighth while McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo will be happier having out qualified his teammate.
Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu starts in his highest ever Formula One position in tenth.
It was not quiet all smiles at Red Bull as Sergio Perez crashed in the second qualifying session as some big names fell.
Having secured nineteenth on the grid Ferrari’s Leclerc did not set a time while Lando Norris’s McLaren had power unit issue could only set the fourteenth fastest time.
Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Williams’ Alex Albon were the other two drivers to miss out.
In the first session it was double disappointment for Canada as both Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi failed to progress.
It wasn’t a good session for Aston Martin after sitting at the top end of the time board in the final free practice Sebastian Vettel was seventeenth as AlphaTauri’s duo of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda both exited as well.
There are plenty of drivers looking to improve on their starting positions and anything could happen with more rain.
Canadian Grand Prix Grid
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
- Mick Schumacher (Haas)
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
- George Russell (Mercedes)
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
- Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
- Vallteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
- Alex Albon (Williams)
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
- Lando Norris (McLaren)
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Marin)
- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
- Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)