Verstappen flew and Alonso returns to the front row after 10 years

After two years without a grand prix, Montreal’s Gilles Villeneuve racetrack will witness a duel of the titans. This Sunday, the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), current world champion, will share the front row of the grid with the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who had not started for almost a decade (since the German GP in 2012 , with Ferrari).

Both dominated the qualifying test played on wet asphalt. The podium was completed by the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari). His teammate, Charles Leclerc, will start the competition from last place, after his mechanics changed his engine for the fourth time this season.

Separate paragraph for the two Haas team drivers: Kevin Magnussen will start from fifth place, while Mick Schumacher will start from sixth place. Ahead of both, the Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Hamilton’s teammate George Russell will start from eighth place. The Mexican Checo Pérez (Red Bull) went off track in Q2 and had to be assisted, so he could not improve his time. He was in 13th place.

“Track conditions were tricky, but we didn’t make any mistakes and stayed calm. I am very happy to achieve pole position. Coming back to Montreal after such a long time is fantastic,” said Verstappen after securing first place on the grid. And he added: “I’m very happy to be here and I can’t wait for the race to start tomorrow.”

“This is fantastic,” confessed an exultant Fernando Alonso, Verstappen’s escort. “It’s been an unforgettable weekend for us,” added the 40-year-old rider from Oviedo. “We were always competitive and I had a lot of confidence in the car. The fans pushed me to give a little more. Let’s see what happens tomorrow in the first corner, ”he released, laughing, in relation to a possible attack on Verstappen already from the start of this Sunday’s race.

The third in the classification, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), also left his feelings for the GP: “The idea is to be in the fight. I felt very good with the car equipped with the full-wet tyres. In the last corner the car moved a bit and because of that mistake I ended up third. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow (for this Sunday)”, said the Spanish rider. And he added, on the large number of supporters of the Italian team in Canada: “Everywhere we go we see tifosi (fanatical fans). Here it seems that there is more, so I will try to do the best I can tomorrow in the race.”

Font: LB24 / The Nation.

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