The qualifying session at Canada came to an end after Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso managed to take the top spot on the grid during the treacherous driving conditions because of the overcast weather. The 2nd practice session and qualifying were both surprising and interesting to watch as most of the much slower cars outperformed other cars. During FP2, one of the most intimidating fight was seen between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso as they fought for P1. However, Vettel’s AMR 22 lost the pace during qualifying and got kicked out in Q1, but Alonso and his Alpine managed to keep fighting.
Watch: Fernando Alonso Post Qualifying Canadian Grand Prix 2022
During Q3, the battle was on between Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen trying to set the fastest laps after Sergio Perez spun out and had to retire and Charles Leclerc did not participate because of grid penalties. Joining this battle was both the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, and Alonso. George Russell was also in the battle, until he decided to switch to slicks in the wet weather instead of intermediates and his W13 spun out, he didn’t get another lap to improve, and starts the race at P8. At the end, Fernando Alonso set a blistering lap time of 1:21.944, giving him P1, and was taken over by Max Verstappen, which now sees Alonso starting the race from P2.
Fernando Alonso confident about passing Max Verstappen at the start
After the amazing qualifying session, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso had statements for each other. Max Verstappen stated that although Alonso is old, yet he’s much faster than many people, and Alonso on the other hand seemed much confident about overtaking the Dutch at the start of the race, as Motorsport quoted.
This would only be proven tonight during the race; although Max usually has a better reaction time to the lights, Alonso carries years of experience which could help him overtake Max and perhaps even win the race.