F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen takes Canadian GP pole

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, the ninth round of the 2022 Formula 1 world championship, in a dramatic wet-but-drying qualifying session.

F1 Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen takes Canadian GP pole

Verstappen will start ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz after the one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3.

Canadian Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen on pole from Alonso

Cla Driver Time Gap km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 1'21.299   193.109
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 1'21.944 0.645 191.589
3 Spain Carlos Sainz 1'22.096 0.797 191.234
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1'22.891 1.592 189.400
5 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 1'22.960 1.661 189.243
6 Germany Mick Schumacher 1'23.356 2.057 188.343
7 France Esteban Ocon 1'23.529 2.230 187.953
8 United Kingdom George Russell 1'23.557 2.258 187.890
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 1'23.749 2.450 187.460
10 China Zhou Guanyu 1'24.030 2.731 186.833
11 Finland Valtteri Bottas 1'26.788 5.489 180.895
12 Thailand Alex Albon 1'26.858 5.559 180.750
13 Mexico Sergio Perez 1'33.127 11.828 168.582
14 United Kingdom Lando Norris      
15 France Pierre Gasly 1'34.492 13.193 166.147
16 Germany Sebastian Vettel 1'34.512 13.213 166.112
17 Canada Lance Stroll 1'35.532 14.233 164.338
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi 1'35.660 14.361 164.118
19 Monaco Charles Leclerc      
20 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 1'36.575 15.276 162.563

What happened in Canadian Grand Prix Q1?

In soaking wet conditions, Verstappen set the early pace at 1m35.830s. The times then tumbled, with George Russell (Mercedes), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Russell again, Verstappen, Alonso, Sainz and Verstappen again all taking turns at the top.

Verstappen ended Q1 with the fastest time at 1m32.219s, ahead of Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Sainz, the latter suffering an off at Turn 3 and appearing to impede Esteban Ocon’s Alpine as he rejoined – although stewards later exonerated him.

Falling at the first hurdle were Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), the Aston Martins of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi (Williams) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri, who was taking a grid penalty anyway).

Canadian Grand Prix Q1 results: Verstappen fastest from Alonso

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 11 1'32.219     170.242
2 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 11 1'32.277 0.058 0.058 170.135
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 10 1'32.781 0.562 0.504 169.211
4 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 12 1'32.957 0.738 0.176 168.890
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 10 1'33.008 0.789 0.051 168.798
6 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 11 1'33.012 0.793 0.004 168.791
7 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 11 1'33.160 0.941 0.148 168.522
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 11 1'33.636 1.417 0.476 167.666
9 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 11 1'33.689 1.470 0.053 167.571
10 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 11 1'33.692 1.473 0.003 167.566
11 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 11 1'33.707 1.488 0.015 167.539
12 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 11 1'33.841 1.622 0.134 167.300
13 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 11 1'33.929 1.710 0.088 167.143
14 Thailand Alex Albon Williams 11 1'34.047 1.828 0.118 166.933
15 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 11 1'34.066 1.847 0.019 166.899
16 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 11 1'34.492 2.273 0.426 166.147
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 12 1'34.512 2.293 0.020 166.112
18 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 11 1'35.532 3.313 1.020 164.338
19 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 11 1'35.660 3.441 0.128 164.118
20 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 4 1'36.575 4.356 0.915 162.563

What happened in Canadian Grand Prix Q2?

Alonso set the early bar at 1m30.910s, half a second clear of Verstappen. Then Williams’s Alex Albon nosed into the tyrewall at Turn 6, a feat that was emulated moments later at Turn 3 by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who brought out the red flag as he struggled to get reverse gear and the car was firmly wedged in the barrier anyway.

The track was now starting to dry, so the field were all on intermediates for the restart with nine minutes to go. Verstappen took the P1 time down to 1m27.764s, with Sainz and Verstappen then trading the top time between them as a dry line emerged.

Alonso grabbed P1 with 1m24.848s as the chequered flag came out, before Verstappen beat him with 1m23.746s on his final lap, with Russell in third.

Knocked out at this point were Bottas, Albon, Perez, Lando Norris (whose McLaren was stricken with engine issues) and Leclerc, who didn’t run due to his grid penalty.

Canadian Grand Prix Q2 results: Verstappen fastest from Alonso

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 10 1'23.746     187.466
2 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 10 1'24.848 1.102 1.102 185.032
3 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 11 1'24.950 1.204 0.102 184.809
4 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 10 1'25.197 1.451 0.247 184.274
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 11 1'25.543 1.797 0.346 183.528
6 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 11 1'25.684 1.938 0.141 183.226
7 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 11 1'26.116 2.370 0.432 182.307
8 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 11 1'26.135 2.389 0.019 182.267
9 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 11 1'26.254 2.508 0.119 182.015
10 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 10 1'26.375 2.629 0.121 181.760
11 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 10 1'26.788 3.042 0.413 180.895
12 Thailand Alex Albon Williams 10 1'26.858 3.112 0.070 180.750
13 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 3 1'33.127 9.381 6.269 168.582
14 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 4        
15 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0        

What happened in Canadian Grand Prix Q3?

With the track still too wet for slicks, Verstappen laid down the intermediate target time of 1m22.701s – over a second clear of the opposition. Mick Schumacher briefly put his Haas in second, before Sainz and Alonso demoted him.

For the final runs, Russell – who was fifth at the time – gambled on slicks, with everyone else going for more inters. Verstappen improved the pole time to 1m21.620s, as Russell spun off at Turn 2.

Hamilton went P2, 1.271s off pole, as the chequered flag came out. Verstappen improved again to 1m21.299s, with Sainz going second with 1m22.096s – before he was beaten by his fellow Spaniard Alonso by a tenth and a half.

Sainz will start third, ahead of Hamilton, Magnussen, Schumacher, Ocon, Russell, Ricciardo and Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo).

Canadian Grand Prix Q3 results: Verstappen takes pole

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 9 1'21.299     193.109
2 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 8 1'21.944 0.645 0.645 191.589
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 9 1'22.096 0.797 0.152 191.234
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 9 1'22.891 1.592 0.795 189.400
5 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 8 1'22.960 1.661 0.069 189.243
6 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 9 1'23.356 2.057 0.396 188.343
7 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 8 1'23.529 2.230 0.173 187.953
8 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 8 1'23.557 2.258 0.028 187.890
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 9 1'23.749 2.450 0.192 187.460
10 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 9 1'24.030 2.731 0.281 186.833
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