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Qualifying report
Formula 1 Canadian GP

F1 Canadian GP: Russell on pole after dead heat with Verstappen

George Russell claimed his second Formula 1 pole position in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, setting an identical time to championship leader Max Verstappen.

George Russell, Mercedes F1 W15
The Briton set his best lap of Q3 in the opening runs, posting a 1m12.000s to lay down a benchmark for the final runs at the end of the session. He was joined in the top two by Lewis Hamilton after those opening laps, but fresh tyres at the end of the session looked set to change the dynamic.
Verstappen used them to set a rapid opening sector, but could not hit the heights of Russell's second sector and crossed the line to set exactly the same time as the Mercedes driver - another 1m12.000s - but was second thanks to the order their laps were set in.
"It feels so good, so much hard work gone on back at the factory. We said in Monaco we hoped this was the start of the season," Russell said. "It's awesome when we come to Montreal. First bit done, but now we've got to fight for that win."
"Let's go for it. Since we brought some upgrades to Monaco we've really been in that fight so we're going for it tomorrow."
Lando Norris beat team-mate Oscar Piastri to third place, having been just 0.021s shy of Russell and Verstappen's laps, while Daniel Ricciardo responded to criticism over his performances in 2024 by placing his RB in fifth place, ahead of Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton could not improve in his final lap and thus had to be content with seventh, and will start alongside RB's Yuki Tsunoda on Sunday's grid. Lance Stroll and Alex Albon completed the top 10, as both impressed in qualifying trim.
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were both surprise eliminations from Q2 as neither Ferrari driver could not tap into the demands of the Montreal circuit - Sainz stating that he had no grip and Leclerc aborting his final lap after failing to improve.
The Scuderia Ferrari pit crew do a pit stop on Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-24

The Scuderia Ferrari pit crew do a pit stop on Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-24

Photo by: Patrick Vinet / Motorsport Images

Both drivers attempted to stay in the top 10 with the same used soft tyres pressed into service at the end of Q1, but these were long past their best and paved Ferrari's way to an early exit.
Logan Sargeant qualified 13th, having initially held his own among the top 10 throughout the session, but felt that he was impeded during the session. Nonetheless, he was a scant 0.008s shy of Sainz's lap to earn praise from Williams team principal James Vowles over the radio. Kevin Magnussen and Pierre Gasly were the other drivers who were knocked out in the intermediate qualifying stage.
Sergio Perez was dumped out in Q1 for the second consecutive race, losing his precarious grasp on progressing to Q2 when Albon rocketed out of the drop zone in the final moments of the session.
The Mexican had spent much of the session lingering in the bottom half of the field and sat in the drop zone with five minutes left; although he improved, he fell back into the bottom five once again days after securing his new two-year Red Bull deal.
Valtteri Bottas also fell into the drop zone having been unable to improve sufficiently in his final run, just under a tenth from safety, while Esteban Ocon, Nico Hulkenberg, and Zhou Guanyu also dropped out at the first hurdle.

Canadian GP Qualifying Result

   
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Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Time km/h
1 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes

1'12.000

218.050
2 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull

+0.000

1'12.000

218.050
3 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes

+0.021

1'12.021

217.986
4 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes

+0.103

1'12.103

217.738
5 Australia D. Ricciardo RB 3 RB Red Bull

+0.178

1'12.178

217.512
6 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes

+0.228

1'12.228

217.361
7 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Mercedes 44 Mercedes Mercedes

+0.280

1'12.280

217.205
8 Japan Y. Tsunoda RB 22 RB Red Bull

+0.414

1'12.414

216.803
9 Canada L. Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes

+0.701

1'12.701

215.947
10 Thailand A. Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes

+0.796

1'12.796

215.665
11 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari

+0.691

1'12.691

215.977
12 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari

+0.728

1'12.728

215.867
13 United States L. Sargeant Williams 2 Williams Mercedes

+0.736

1'12.736

215.843
14 Denmark K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 Haas Ferrari

+0.916

1'12.916

215.310
15 France P. Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault

+0.940

1'12.940

215.239
16 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull

+1.326

1'13.326

214.106
17 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 Sauber Ferrari

+1.366

1'13.366

213.990
18 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari

+1.978

1'13.978

212.219
19 China Z. Guanyu Sauber 24 Sauber Ferrari

+2.292

1'14.292

211.322
20 France E. Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault

+1.435

1'13.435

213.789

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