Max Verstappen wins qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix

Overall leader and defending champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won qualifying ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, the ninth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Nico Huelkenberg (Haas) finished second in Montreal and Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) third.

Qualifying took place in unstable weather conditions. It rained from time to time, which made it difficult to choose the tires and the optimal driving. They suffered Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Mexican vice-champion Sergio Perez (Red Bull), who failed to qualify for the third round (Q3) and will start 11th and 12th respectively on Sunday.

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In Q3 it was raining non-stop and Oscar Piastri (McLaren) crashed the car in difficult conditions. The judges decided to stop the competition for a few minutes. The Australian was not injured.

By the time competition resumed, the track was completely wet and no one had ever achieved better lap times. Pre-red flag results held.

Verstappen took pole position for the 25th time in his career and is one more victory in qualifying before catching 10th all-time Finn Mika Hakkinen.

In the general classification, Verstappen has 170 points, Perez has 117. No other driver has yet exceeded the “hundred”.

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