Red Bull’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen starts from pole position in the Canadian Grand Prix, the ninth round of the Formula One world championship, today, while Charles Leclerc of Monaco starts from the bottom position due to a penalty after his Ferrari decided to replace the entire power unit in his car. Exceeding the allowed number per season.
Under the rain, which gradually eased as the rounds progressed, world championship leader Verstappen set the fastest time in the official test at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal with a time of 1:21:299 for Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, who snatched second place against compatriot Carlos Sainz. Ferrari driver who finished third. Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth.
Mexican Sergio Perez, the second Red Bull driver and second place in the drivers’ standings, did not qualify for the final third round of official testing, after he was forced to leave the second after hitting the barrier in the second and will start from 13th place. Verstappen is first to be wary of Alonso, as the 2007 and 2008 world champion plans to complicate the Dutchman’s task after declaring “I will attack Max from the first corner”.
Verzapen, who is 21 points ahead of Pires and 34 points from Leclerc, finds himself in front of a golden opportunity to move away at the top of the championship. After achieving first place in the official tests for the 15th time in his career and the second this season, he will look forward to his 26th victory in the World Championship. While the drivers were battling in the final round for the top spot, Leclerc then went out after ensuring that he would at least take off against Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (Alfatatori), who is also sanctioned for an engine change.
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