Max Verstappen achieves pole and Fernando Alonso surprises in Canada

the dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the Formula 1 World Championship, achieved on Saturday the ‘pole position’ of the Canadian Grand Prixfollowed by the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari).

The Mexican Sergio Perez (Red Bull) will start from 13th place after colliding with his car in the second part of qualifying, marked by rain crash at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

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The Monegasque charles leclerc (Ferrari), third in the championship, will start from the bottom of the grid, penalized for an engine change that exceeds the permitted limit.

Without Leclerc’s threat in principle, Verstappen will first have to keep an eye on two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who at 40 put on a driving display on the wet Montreal track.

Alonso, Formula 1 champion in 2007 and 2008, advanced that it will make things difficult for the current defender of the title: “I will attack Max from the first corner“, he warned.

The rain that fell on Saturday on this circuit, located on an island in the San Lorenzo River, caused several incidents in the return of Formula 1 to Canada after two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main affected was ‘Checo’ Pérez, who crashed his Red Bull car into the wall causing a long interruption in the second part of qualifying.

Verstappen, whoadvantage of 21 points to Pérez and 34 to Leclerc, He has a golden opportunity to distance himself even further if he takes advantage of the fifteenth pole position of his career and the second this season.

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