With a gorgeous show of Red Bull’s blistering pace in the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, reigning F1 World Champion Max Verstappen clinched the victory at Saturday’s Qualifying Session by outperforming two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz. This time, the Qualis were an especially thrilling one because of the wet-to-dry conditions that made racing on the tracks really difficult for the racers.
In Q1 itself, Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel spun with his car. The racers who got out in this stage were Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri, both the Aston Martins, and Nicholas Latifi and Yuki Tsunoda.
In the next stage of the Quali, there was an incident with Albon’s Williams sliding into the sidewall, and that was followed by a Red Flag which was brought in after Red Bull’s Sergio Perez drove into the sidewalls with 8 minutes to go for the Q2 to end. Finally, in Q3, after a session filled with interesting quali pace and startegy, Max Verstappen came out as the pole-sitter with Fernando Alonso getting his first front row start behind Verstappen since Germany 2012, and then there was Carlos Sainz.
The Canadian Grand Prix Qualis saw a new side to Fernando Alonso
Being one of the most experienced racers on the grid with two World Championship wins to his name, it was always expected of Fernando Alonso to achieve great things with his Alpine car. But till the start of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, Alonso was not performing that well in this current season. But the Spaniard decided to change all that in Montreal today as his fired up car took over formidable opponents like both the Mercedes and even Carlos Sainz to get to the front row, from where he will start tomorrow’s race.
While speaking on the happiness it gives Fernando Alonso to be starting from the front row once again, he said, “I think we’ll attack Max on turn 1.” He warcry makes it obvious that he is hungry for a race win and he will not make Max Verstappen’s job any easier.
In the end, the Canadian Grand Prix Qualis results shows Max Verstappen at the top with Fernando Alonso following his lead. Behind the two of them, we have Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen, and Mick Schumacher. Props to Schumacher for getting his best start to a race in Formula 1 yet.
1. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:21.299
2. Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:21.944
3. Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:22.096
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.891
5. Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:22.960
6. Mick Schumacher Haas 1:23.356
7. Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:23.529
8. George Russell Mercedes 1:23.557
9. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:23.749
10. Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:24.030
11. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:26.788
12. Alexander Albon Williams 1:26.858
13. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing 1:33.127
14. Lando Norris McLaren 1:34.066 (could not set Q2 time)
15. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.008 (did not set Q2 time)
16. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:34.492
17. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:34.512
18. Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:35.532
19. Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:35.660
20. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:36.575