F1 Canadian Grand Prix 2022 live updates: Verstappen starts on pole as he looks to extend his lead in the world drivers championship
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve hosts the Canadian Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso in P2 and Lewis Hamilton in P4
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Red Bull's Max Verstappen took the chequered flag last time out at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were both forced to retire from the race due to engine issues.
As a result, the Dutch driver opened up a sizeable lead at the top of the world drivers' championship, with teammate Sergio Perez moving above Leclerc into second spot after picking up his fifth top-two finish across the past six races in Baku last weekend.
Lewis Hamilton will be racing this weekend despite suffering a back injury after struggling with his Mercedes' porpoising in Azerbaijan.
With seven previous wins in Montreal, the Briton has won the joint-most Canadian GPs in history alongside Michael Schumacher, though it's expected that his Mercedes team will again be one step behind Red Bull and Ferrari in terms of race pace.
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Canadian Grand Prix 2022 starting grid
Reigning world champion Verstappen dominated qualifying from start to finish on Saturday as he took just his second pole position of the season.
The flying Dutchman finished more than half a second ahead of the field during an action-packed and wet qualifying session, which saw Sergio Perez hit the wall in Q2. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc - currently third in the drivers standings - starts from 15th spot on the grid after receiving a penalty for taking new engine parts after his retirement in Azerbaijan last time out.
The big storyline of yesterday's session though was Alpine's Fernando Alonso claiming a top-two position in qualifying for the first time since the 2012 German Grand Prix. In fact, 15 of the drivers who will be racing in Montreal this afternoon alongside the former world champion hadn't even started their F1 careers the last time the Spanish great started a race from the front row.
Elsewhere, Ferrari's Sainz starts P3 and Hamilton will be fourth despite stating his car was "undrivable" in first practice. Haas also recorded a third row lock-out with Kevin Magnussen P5 and Mick Schumacher claiming his best-ever qualifying result with P6.
What time does the Canadian Grand Prix race start today?
Date: Sunday, June 19
Start time: 2 p.m. local time / 7 p.m. BST / 2 p.m. ET / 4 a.m. AEST
How to watch the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix
USA: The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports' feed, with select races airing on ABC later in the season. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
Do not expect Alonso to play it safe from the start today, which makes for a fascinating prospect when lights go out: “The goal is to lead the race in lap one. Turn One, maximum attack. And then after that, they can go and they can fight - but it will be nice, sweet to lead the race.” While Verstappen added: “Fernando is getting a little bit old, but he’s still very fast,” Verstappen said. “So I know he starts very well, you know, so I have to be ready. To be on the front row together with Fernando; I used to look at F1 as a little kid, seeing Fernando being up there and winning his races and championships and putting it on pole. So to be sharing the front row is a nice thing.” Follow all the latest updates as we build towards this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix:
Max Verstappen looks to emphasise his dominance from pole position at today’s Canadian Grand Prix with the testing conditions throwing another interesting wrinkle as he targets a second world championship. The Red Bull driver was untouchable in the rain as mistakes and mechanical issues rained on the parade of his closest challengers.