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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:
11Max VerstappenNEDOracle Red Bull Racing1:32.2191:23.7461:21.29930
214Fernando AlonsoESPBWT Alpine F1 Team1:32.2771:24.8481:21.94429
355Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari1:32.7811:25.1971:22.09629
444Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:33.8411:25.5431:22.89131
520Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1:32.9571:26.2541:22.96031
647Mick SchumacherGERHaas F1 Team1:33.7071:25.6841:23.35631
731Esteban OconFRABWT Alpine F1 Team1:33.0121:26.1351:23.52930
863George RussellGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:33.1601:24.9501:23.55730
93Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1:33.6361:26.3751:23.74930
1024Zhou GuanyuCHNAlfa Romeo Racing1:33.6921:26.1161:24.03031
1177Valtteri BottasFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:33.6891:26.78821
1223Alexander AlbonTHAWilliams Racing1:34.0471:26.85821
1311Sergio PerezMEXOracle Red Bull Racing1:33.9291:33.12714
144Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:34.066DNF15
1516Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:33.00810
1610Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri1:34.49211
175Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team1:34.51212
1818Lance StrollCANAston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team1:35.53211
196Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:35.66011
2022Yuki TsunodaJAPScuderia AlphaTauri1:36.5754
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