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Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB18. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada,

As it happened: How Max Verstappen stormed to F1 Canadian GP pole

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2022 - 19:52

Relive all the action from a dramatic wet qualifying at F1's Canadian Grand Prix, as Red Bull's Max Verstappen claimed a dominant pole position. 

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We are going to call time on our live text commentary of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix now. 

But stay on Crash.net for all the best reaction and analysis to today's action and be sure to join us at 6.30pm tomorrow as we build up to the race itself. 

22:29

Max Verstappen may have stormed to pole, but Fernando Alonso has stolen the headlines for Alpine with a stunning qualifying performance. 

"I think I will attack Max on the first corner," the Spaniard jokes. 

22:25

Verstappen takes dominant pole ahead of Alonso 

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB18. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada,

Reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen has stormed to a dominant pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of Fernando Alonso, who secured his first front row start since 2012.

Verstappen was dominant throughout the three segments of qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villenueve, ultimately claiming his maiden pole in Canada by over 0.6s.

Alonso will join him on the front row of the grid, converting his strong pace in practice into a sensational qualifying result - his best since the 2012 German Grand Prix.

FULL QUALIFYING REPORT

22:23

Here are the full qualifying results at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix. 

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A522. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada,
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Lewis Hamilton took a season-best qualifying result of fourth for Mercedes, with the Haas pair of Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher locking out row three of the grid. 

Esteban Ocon was seventh ahead of George Russell, whose gamble to switch onto slicks at the end backfired. 

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo and Alfa Romeo's Guanyu Zhou complete the top 10. 

22:15

ITS POLE POSITION FOR MAX VERSTAPPEN IN CANADA! 

The Red Bull driver dominates qualifying to end up fastest, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz. 

22:14

Fernando Alonso puts his Alpine onto the front row! He's P2 but 0.645s off pole. 

22:13

Verstappen goes even faster and is surely on pole! It's a 1m21.299s

22:13

Carlos Sainz now goes second but is 0.7s down on Verstappen.

22:12

Lewis Hamilton goes second fastest! 1.2s down on Verstappen but a great lap nontheless.

22:11

Russell has been off at Turn 1. Clearly the slicks were the wrong call! 

22:10

Verstappen sets the benchmark for everyone else to chance on a 1m21.620s. He's 1.3s up on Carlos Sainz! 

22:08

GEORGE RUSSELL IS GAMBLING ON SLICK TYRES! 

Will it pay off? 

22:07

Lewis Hamilton has pitted for a fresh set of intermediates. He is currently sixth fastest and around two-tenths behind his Mercedes teammate George Russell. 

Just under five minutes to go!

22:06

Mick Schumacher is an impressive fourth. He briefly went second but has been shuffled down by Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso. 

22:04

Expect the drivers to stay out and continue to run on intermediates, rather than the usual two salvos we traditionally see in Q3. 

Max Verstappen leads the way on a 1m22.701s early doors. 

22:01

GREEN FLAG FOR Q3!

The battle for pole position is underway, but can anyone catch Max Verstappen? And will we end up on slick tyres by the end of qualifying? 

21:55

CHEQUERED FLAG IN Q2! 

Max Verstappen is fastest again in Q2, while Valtteri Bottas and Alex Albon join Sergio Perez, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc in being eliminated. 

The Red Bull Racing RB18 of Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing is recovered after he crashed during qualifying. Formula 1
21:53

Lando Norris returns to the pits and is out of qualifying! He complained of a potential power unit issue and was slow on his only flying lap of Q2, before aborting altogether. 

21:49

Max Verstappen is fastest on a 1m26.270s, ahead of Carlos Sainz and the Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton. 

Times are tumbling as the conditions continue to improve.

21:45

"Drier line is starting to appear," says Lewis Hamilton over the radio. 

21:43

GREEN FLAG - We are back underway for the final nine minutes of Q2. 

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Here is the current top 10 order under the red flag: 

1) Fernando Alonso (1m30.910)
2) Max Verstappen (1m31.457)
3) Carlos Sainz (1m31.903)
4) Esteban Ocon (1m32.000)
5) Valtteri Bottas (1m32.519)
6) George Russell (1m32.960)
7) Lewis Hamilton (1m33.060)
8) Sergio Perez (1m33.127) 
9) Alex Albon (1m33.231)
10) Mick Schumacher (1m33.602) 

21:33

RED FLAG! 

Sergio Perez has crashed his Red Bull at Turn 4, having gone straight on under braking. Driver is absolutely fine but he is stuck and unable to find reverse gear. He looks to be out of qualifying!