F1 qualifying LIVE: Canada Grand Prix start time today with Max Verstappen on pole

2022 F1 Canadian Grand Prix – Back in Gilles’ backyard

Max Verstappen is looking to underline his dominance from pole position at today’s Canadian Grand Prix, with testing conditions creating 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 down on the parade of his closest challengers.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve saw Fernando Alonso secure second place in qualifying for Alpine, Carlos Sainz starts third for Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton, despite his very public complaints about the condition of the Mercedes W13 car, is back near the top of the pack , with the seven-time world champion grabbing fourth place for the Silver Arrows. Special praise should also go to the Haas team, which locked down the third row of the grid thanks to Kevin Magnussen in fifth and Mick Schumacher in sixth.

Don’t expect Alonso to play it safe from the start today, which provides a fascinating perspective as the lights go out: “The goal is to lead the race from the first lap. Round 1, 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 bit older, but he’s still very fast,” Verstappen said. “So I know he’s starting very well, you know, so I have to be ready. To be in the front row with Fernando; I was watching F1 like a little kid, seeing Fernando being up there and winning his races and his championships and put him on pole. So sharing the front row is a good thing. Follow all the latest updates as we prepare for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix:

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Alpine Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer on the future of Oscar Piastri

Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer insists Oscar Piastri will drive in Formula 1 next season.

He said: “Oscar is a bright young talent, as we know he is testing last year’s car over at Silverstone. We will test more in the future, it is doing very well.

“We are under contract with Oscar, we have options on him. There is no need to hurry. We will take our time, in the silly season we will make these types of decisions.

Then, when asked if he will race in F1 next year, Szafnauer was blunt: “Yes.”

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 3:45 p.m.

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Lewis Hamilton on what the Canadian Grand Prix means to him

Lewis Hamilton may be having a torrid season, but he is home away from home, so to speak.

The seven-time world champion enjoys the Canadian Grand Prix more than anyone.

He is in P4, could the magic return to ignite his season?

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 3:30 p.m.

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George Russell warned of Lewis Hamilton’s potential at Mercedes

The seven-time world champion has finished behind teammate Russell in every round since race one and leads him by 37 points in the standings.

Hamilton also fell 88 points behind his title rival a year ago, Max Verstappen, amid constant technical problems with his Mercedes.

But Daniel Ricciardo thinks Hamilton is still more than capable of fighting at the very start of the grid.

“I really think Lewis is as capable as ever. We all knew George was fast, and that was how fast is he? How good is he? And he’s proving he’s very good,” said said the McLaren driver.

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 3:15 p.m.

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Weather forecast for the Canadian Grand Prix

Here’s a look at what the conditions should be like tonight at the Canadian Grand Prix.

According to Accuweather, we will have a maximum of 69° and a minimum of 55°.

With sunny to partly cloudy conditions and only a two percent chance of rain.

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 2:59 p.m.

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FIA pledges to ‘reduce or eliminate’ porpoising on advice from its medical team

The Formula 1 regulator has pledged to ‘reduce or eliminate’ porpoising on the advice of its medical team – just days after Lewis Hamilton suffered severe back pain during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton, 37, needed help getting out of his Mercedes after his car bounced around at high speed throughout Sunday’s 51-lap race.

Mercedes ran its machines close to the ground in Baku to produce lower downforce.

But that move exaggerated the rebound, and under the FIA’s new technical directive, Mercedes could be forced to raise the ride height of its cars, potentially slowing them down further.

A statement from F1’s governing body, released ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, read: “The FIA, as the sport’s governing body, has decided that, in the interest of safety , it is necessary to intervene to demand that the teams make the necessary adjustments to reduce or eliminate this phenomenon [of porpoising].

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 2:45 p.m.

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Lewis Hamilton slams ‘undriveable’ Mercedes car which is ‘worst’ of his F1 career

Lewis Hamilton has blasted Mercedes’ 2022 Formula 1 car after it once again suffered from intense bouncing and poor performance during practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion experimented with a new floor and different setups on his car during Friday night’s race in Montreal, but was only 13th fastest at the end of the second free practice session, telling his team on the radio: “This car is now impossible to drive.

Mercedes has struggled after the transition to F1’s new set of technical regulations, which has undergone its biggest overhaul for a generation. A return to ground-effect aerodynamics for the first time since the 1980s has resulted in the unexpected aerodynamic quirk known as porpoising, which is the name given to the phenomenon by which cars violently bounce at high speeds over long distances. straight lines.

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 2:30 p.m.

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Christian Horner says F1 title fight will end in court if FIA doesn’t act on cost cap

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has claimed up to half of Formula 1 teams will breach the sport’s cost cap if governing body the FIA ​​does not choose to raise it, and warned that the battle for the 2022 championship could end up in court.

The ten F1 teams are limited to an annual budget of $140 million to run their 2022 season, including costs spent on all areas including auto parts, staff salaries and shipping. The cost cap is designed to prevent teams from overspending and getting themselves into financial trouble, but Horner says the cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation are an exceptional circumstance which means the cap should be increased significantly.

“How you design your car is in your control,” Horner told Sky Sports F1 after practice for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. “You are master of your destiny. We don’t control what’s happening in the world right now, with fuel prices rising, inflation going up to 11%. It is a direct impact on personnel, products, parts supply. I think it’s a case of force majeure. It’s not about income, it’s about this one-time effect of inflation that affects people.

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 2:15 p.m.

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Lewis Hamilton buys a retro games console to get his racing fix ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix

The 37-year-old needed help getting out of his Mercedes after his car bounced at high speed throughout the 51-lap Azerbaijan Grand Prix last weekend.

Mercedes ran its machines close to the ground in Baku to produce lower downforce.

But the move overstated the twist – also known as porpoising – with the sport’s governing body FIA now making the decision to step in and try to make the sport safer.

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 2:00 p.m.

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George Russell says Mercedes ‘have a lot of work to do’ to avoid painful Canadian Grand Prix

George Russell says Mercedes “still has a lot of work to do” to catch up with the leading teams in Formula 1 after struggling in the opening practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Silver Arrows have been the fastest team in Formula 1 every season since 2014, but trail leaders Ferrari and Red Bull this season, and Russell finished only seventh fastest at the end of round two. practice in Montreal on Friday evening.

Mercedes has struggled after the transition to F1’s new set of technical regulations, which has undergone its biggest overhaul for a generation. A return to ground-effect aerodynamics for the first time since the 1980s has resulted in the unexpected aerodynamic quirk known as porpoising, which is the name given to the phenomenon by which cars violently bounce at high speeds over long distances. straight lines.

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 1:45 p.m.

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Max Verstappen masters the conditions to claim pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen stormed to a scintillating pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix as he dominated in changing conditions to continue his quest for a second world championship.

The Red Bull driver was untouchable in the rain as mistakes and mechanical issues rained down on the parade of his closest challengers.

As Circuit Gilles Villeneuve dried up throughout qualifying, Verstappen was the man to master the conditions, clocking an impressive time of one minute 21.299 seconds as Formula 1 delivered on his return to Montreal after a time out. three years.

Fernando Alonso will start second for Alpine, the experienced campaigner also mastering the weather to make his first front row start in over a decade.

Jack RathbornJune 19, 2022 1:30 p.m.

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