MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 18: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 in the wet during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 18, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Qualifying Results – Canadian Grand Prix

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Find out what happened in a wet Qualifying session for Formula 1 in their return to Canada.

Q1:

Due to the rain on track, all drivers went out on the wet tyres for the first session. George Russell was the first to set a representative top time, a 1:36.688.

Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon were the first drivers to break into the 1:35s times, with Verstappen on top of the timing sheets with a 1:35.830.

Both Charles Leclerc and Yuki Tsunoda will be starting from the back for the race due to engine penalties. But they were on track for Q1 fighting over who would start ahead of the other. Leclerc won that battle, with Tsunoda going back into the garage about halfway through and choosing not to come back out.

As the track began to dry slightly, Carlos Sainz set a 1:32.781. A little later into the session he went off into an escape road before getting back onto the track.

Sergio Perez struggled a little, barely making his way out of the bottom towards the end of the session. His improvement bumped Daniel Ricciardo into the elimination zone. Ricciardo then set a better time and pushed Gasly to 16th just before the time ran out.

It was a disappointing Qualifying for both the Aston Martins, with Vettel and Stroll in 17th and 18th. Stroll, as well as fellow Canadian Nicholas Latifi, will be disappointed with a poor result at their home race.

Leclerc made it through to Q2 but will, of course, be starting at the back, bumping everyone in the bottom five but Tsunoda up one place.

Eliminated in Q1:

16. Gasly
17. Vettel
18. Stroll
19. Latifi
20. Tsunoda

Q2:

For the second session, a few drivers began experimenting with the intermediate tyre. Among the Alpines and the Haas cars, Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez were among the top drivers to make the change.

Alonso on the intermediates had set the top time of a 1:30.910 when the yellow flag came out for Alex Albon. Albon had gone off into Turn 1, but managed to get the car going again. The green flag wasn’t out again for long before it was Perez who hit the wall at Turns 3 and 4. He attempted to get the car into reverse, but failed. The red flag was brought out at nine minutes to go for the marshals to retrieve the Red Bull.

When the session restarted everyone went back out, except for Perez, Leclerc, and Lando Norris. Norris was suffering from a power issue when the red flag came out, and McLaren kept him in the pits to try to fix it.

Not long after the drivers went back out, everyone had switched to the intermediate tyres and began improving on their times. Verstappen set several fastest times, eventually topping the timing sheets with a 1:23.746.

While Lewis Hamilton was down in the elimination zone for a while, he went from 11th to fourth right at the end, pushing Valtteri Bottas out of Qualifying.

Norris was sent out by his team with three minutes to go, but continued to have problems and was called back in before he could set a flying lap.

Rookie driver Zhou Guanyu made it into Q3 for the first time in his Formula 1 career. Both Haas cars made it through as well, with Mick Schumacher going into the 1:25s and finishing fifth.

Eliminated in Q2:

11. Bottas
12. Albon
13. Perez
14. Norris
15. Leclerc

Q3:

With all the drivers still on the intermediate tyres, the top ten made their way out for the final session of Qualifying in Montreal.

Verstappen had command of the field, constantly improving. George Russell was the first and only driver to make an attempt on the slick tyres. It was a gamble that didn’t pay off, and he narrowly avoided an accident in the still wet conditions.

Sainz was close to denying Verstappen for pole, but could only manage second place as Verstappen set a 1:21.299 at the end of the session. But he wouldn’t hold second, as Fernando Alonso quickly displaced him on the front row.

Hamilton finished fourth, outqualifying his teammate Russell for only the second time this season. The Haas drivers were the real surprises, finishing fifth and sixth. They’ll share the third row for tomorrow for Haas’ best team qualifying result in a while.

Top ten:

1. Verstappen
2. Alonso
3. Sainz
4. Hamilton
5. Magnussen
6. Schumacher
7. Ocon
8. Russell
9. Ricciardo
10. Zhou

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