Morning, F1 fans
Max Verstappen is jubilant after taking a wet and wild pole position for tonight’s Canadian GP – while Lewis Hamilton was just pleased to be a force again.
World champ Verstappen was a staggering 0.645 seconds faster than ecstatic Alpine ace Fernando Alonso, who grabbed a surprise second ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.
Hamilton, meanwhile,defied back problems caused by his bouncing Mercedes to finish fourth in slippery conditions amid the Montreal rain.
Red Bull’s Verstappen leads the title race from team-mate Sergio Perez by 21 points.
And the Dutchman said: “In tricky conditions we stayed calm and made no mistakes, so I am happy with pole.
“You were really on the edge with the grip but then it became more enjoyable as the track dried and luckily it all worked out in the end.”
Alonso, 40, hailed his first front row spot since 2012, saying: “It feels great.
“It has been an unbelievable weekend and we have been competitive and thanks to the wet conditions, the car was mega and I was so comfortable.”
“Red Bull are in a different league and pole was beyond our wildest dreams.”
Haas duo Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher qualified in fifth and sixth respectively.
But Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who has slipped to third in the title standings, will start at the bottom of the grid after a host of grid penalties for excessive engine use.