F1 Canadian Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Verstappen aims to extend his lead, Hamilton chases FIRST win – stream, TV channel | The Sun
19th June 2022

LEWIS HAMILTON recorded his best qualifying position this season and will start from FOURTH at tonight's Canadian Grand Prix.

Current champion Max Verstappen will start from pole, while Alpine's Fernando Alonso will start from second.

As for Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari star will start from the back of the grid as a result of an excessive engine usage penalty.

  • Race start time: 7pm GMT
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports F1 / Now TV

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  • Kiro Evans

    Lights Out in 15 minutes

    A highly-anticipated Canadian Grand Prix is now very close with a mixed-up grid meaning we could be in for a treat. 

    Max Verstappen starts ahead of Fernando Alonso – 16 years his junior – in a front row that could see fireworks. 

    Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton will be looking to capitalize on any mistakes in front of them, with the Haas pair on the third row after a fantastic qualifying. 

    George Russell, Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc are all out of position to varying degrees so trying to predict this race will not be easy. 

  • Jon Boon

    Hamilton & Russell slammed by Verstappen

    Max Verstappen has slammed Lewis Hamilton and George Russell for talking about porpoising issues.

    “It’s not only him, but his teammate as well,” Verstappen said.

    “They speak for other people. They should just focus on themselves and say what they think. So just speak for themselves instead of involving other people into it.”

  • Jon Boon

    Button buzzing for Turn 1

    Jenson Button says he can't wait for Turn 1 – as Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso go head-to-head at the Canadian Grand Prix.

    “There’s big respect between them,” he told Sky Sports F1.

    “But I am looking forward to Turn 1. Fernando is very good at starts, very good at first laps, and pretty aggressive off the line.”

    Button famously won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2011 – when he came from the back of the grid twice to win on the final lap.

  • Jon Boon

    Verstappen ready for Alonso

    Max Verstappen has admitted he will be on high-alert at the start of the Canadian Grand Prix – with Fernando Alonso renowned for his good starts.

    “I know he starts very well you know, so I have to be ready,” Verstappen said.

    “Of course I still expect it not to be straightforward race but I think today with the tricky conditions, we stayed calm, we didn’t make mistakes and we had the right calls in Q3.

    "So of course [I’m] super happy with that you know, to get pole position here and also to be back here in Montreal, it’s been a while and it’s great to see all the fans."

  • Jon Boon

    Tost slams F1 stars moans

    Franz Tost has blasted F1 drivers who are complaining about porpoising ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

    Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo complained about new F1 cars bouncing at high speeds after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

    However, AlphaTauri team principal Tost wasn't sympathetic to their plight.

    “These are Formula 1 cars. This is not a Rolls-Royce, and drivers should be aware about this,” said Tost.

    “If the cars are too stiff or it’s too difficult for them, maybe they should stay at home in the living room, sitting in the chair, and then they can do the races in TV or where, I don’t know.”

  • Kiro Evans

    2014 Throwback

    Daniel Ricciardo won an outstanding 2014 Canadian Grand Prix despite starting 6th on the grid. It was the Australian's first-ever win in an action-packed race.

    Along with Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton – who retired his car day – all remain on the grid eight years on.

    It's a race Perez certainly won't forget, after he was involved in a terrifying high-speed collision with Felipe Massa in the final few laps, which you can see below.

  • Kiro Evans

    Stats and facts ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix

    • Before this weekend, Charles Leclerc had been on pole four times in a row but failed to convert any into a win. That won't be a problem for him this weekend – power unit penalties mean he starts 19th.
    • Sergio Perez has also got some work to do as he starts 13th after crashing in qualifying. It's the first time he's failed to get into the final part of qualifying since Qatar last year.
    • Fernando Alonso is on the front row of the grid for the first time since 2012, when he drove for Ferrari. He's also the oldest driver to occupy the front row since Michael Schumacher, also in 2012, when the German was 43.
    • Today marks Max Verstappen's 150th Grand Prix. It's also the first time he's started on the front row in Canada, a track where he has mixed fortunes.
    • Lewis Hamilton in fourth, Mick Schumacher in sixth and Zhou Guanyu in 10th all enjoyed their best qualifying of the season, and in the case of Schumacher and Zhou, their best ever F1 qualifying results.

    2018 Throwback

    Sebastian Vettel was victorious for Ferrari in 2018 as he won at a canter with Mercedes' Valterri Bottas taking second.

    Max Verstappen made it onto the final podium spot while Lewis Hamilton was only 5th after Mercedes bought him in for an early pitstop.

    The most memorable scene from this race was the incredible collision between Lance Stroll and Brendan Hartley, with the two colliding on the opening lap.

    2019 Throwback

    The 2019 Canadian Grand Prix saw one of the most controversial moments of that season, as title-chasing Sebastian Vettel was penalised for how he re-entered the track.

    The then-Ferrari driver received a five-second penalty after he slipped off the road and then rejoined in front of second-place Lewis Hamilton, who was in hot pursuit.

    Hamilton won the race on the back of the five-second penalty, despite not leading a single lap.

    Mercedes will hope that type of lady luck will shine down upon the seven-times World Champion today in the first race at Montreal since 2019.

    • Kiro Evans

      The Bottom Half of the Grid

      Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas will start from 11th in Canada this afternoon after being out-qualified by his teammate for the second race in a row. In 12th is Alex Albon in his highest starting position since the opening race in Bahrain.

      Red Bull's Sergio Perez starts out of position in 13th after crashing in qualifying, followed by Lando Norris in 14th after the McLaren driver suffered with mechanical issues yesterday.

      Pierre Gasly's Alpha Tauri is 15th, Aston Martin Sebastian Vettel only 16th despite impressing in practice, followed by his teammate Lance Stroll in 17th.

      In 18th is Williams' Nicolas Latifi, before grid penalties over power units have left Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in 19th and Yuki Tsunoda in 20th with work to do.

    • Kiro Evans

      Wolff v Horner

      Lewis Hamilton's boss Toto Wolff "lost his s**t" during a row with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, according to reports.

      Wolff and Mercedes, who have suffered major bouncing issues at the start of the 2022 season, were keen for F1's governing body, the FIA, to change regulations to stop the problem – in particular when it comes to the ride height of the cars.

      The FIA listened as they called for teams to "limit" or "reduce" the bouncing.

      And Wolff insists this is in a bid to protect the drivers as Hamilton and several others have suffered physical pain due to the problems – which are the result of "porpoising".

      However, Red Bull and Ferrari – who have set the pace so far this season – feel it is on Mercedes to try and fix the issues rather than the regulations being changed.

      According to The Mail, these contrasting views came to a head in a meeting of the team principals in Montreal on Saturday.

    • Kiro Evans

      The Front Half of the Grid

      Max Verstappen put his Red Bull on pole in a wet qualifying session around Montreal yesterday. But surprisingly he will be joined by Alpine's Fernando Alonso who starts second, after the 40-year-old claimed his first front row start since 2012 after an extraordinary performance.

      Starting third is Carlos Sainz, who will be disappointed to not be on the front row after his rivals took themselves out of contention. Starting alongside him in fourth is Lewis Hamilton who found his footing in the wet conditions.

      It's an all-Haas third row after brilliant performances from fifth-placed Kevin Magnussen and his teammate Mick Schumacher, with his best-ever F1 qualifying, in sixth.

      Estaban Ocon starts seventh, George Russell is only eighth after going onto dry tyres too early, while Daniel Ricciardo is ninth for McLaren.

      Making up the top 10 is Zhou Guanyu, with the Chinese driver having his best qualifying so far in his rookie F1 season as he starts tenth.

    • Kiro Evans

      Happy Hamilton

      An overjoyed Lewis Hamilton spoke to the media after putting his Mercedes on the second row in Canada yesterday.

      The seven-times World Champion had his best qualifying of the season yesterday – only 24 hours after branding his silver car "undriveable".

      After qualifying fourth, he told Sky Sports F1: "I feel amazing. So happy. P4 has never felt so good if I'm being honest – maybe in my first year of racing in 2007, this feels a bit like that.

      "With this car you need everything and more to come together. At this track you need to have rhythm, but I feel like this car works at a completely different beat! The rain makes it much different and if it was dry I'm not sure we would be in this position, but the rain opens up opportunities."

    • Kiro Evans

      Gasly's future

      Pierre Gasly will stay at Alpha Tauri next season, his team principal has confirmed.

      Amid speculation over the Frenchman's future, Alpha Tauri boss Franz Tost said it was "100% confirmed" Gasly would be at the team in 2023 before qualifying yesterday.

      The former Red Bull driver was relegated to the sister team halfway through the 2019 season after failing to impress team boss Christian Horner with a series of dodgy displays.

      But he has found his form at Alpha Tauri, putting in a series of stunning qualifying displays and famously winning the 2020 Italian Grand Prix against all odds.

      He will start today's Canadian Grand Prix from 15th after underperforming in wet qualifying yesterday.

    • Nyle Smith

      It's the final countdown

      Today is the day of the BIG race F1 fans so I hope you have all got your seatbelts fastened.

      Max Verstappen has dominated the Canadian track during the Practice sessions and last night's Qualifying.

      But the 2021 Championship winner will be well aware that his rivals Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz will be eager to take him down.

      As well as Lewis Hamilton who managed to get a season's best of fourth on the grid.

      Keep it locked here as we will have all the build up and the race from 7pm UK time.

    • Dylan Terry

      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.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Hamilton buoyant

      Lewis Hamilton pulled off his best qualifying of the year and will start in fourth place, writes BEN HUNT.

      The seven-times world champion, who has been plagued by back problems caused by his bouncing Mercedes, looked to have done the unthinkable with an excellent first attempt in Montreal that was good enough for provisional second place.

      However, despite being eventually bumped down to fourth place, he hailed his achievement in the wet as his best of the season.

      He said: "This past week has been a real challenge and every day working through the pain and getting my body right.

      "We are still struggling with the car, so to get top four in those conditions is awesome.

      "It is my best qualifying this season and feels similar to my first-ever qualifying in Australia in 2007, I was so excited."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Alonso thrilled with second place

      Fernando Alonso hailed his shock second place.

      The Alpine ace, 40, said: "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, so we will take a place on the front row."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Verstappen joy

      Ecstatic pole winner Max Verstappen 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."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Nervy Norris still adjusting to fame

      EXCLUSIVE: Lando Norris is ready to take centre stage at the British Grand Prix as he enjoys his Glastonbury moment, writes BEN HUNT.

      The Brit, 22, grew up in the Somerset town but has never been to its famous music festival.

      Norris has had a stellar rise during his 3½ years in Formula One.

      And while he is yet to win a race, he has attracted an army of fans from across the world.

      However, the McLaren driver admits he still gets nervous in front of big crowds — and will do at the sold-out British GP in two weeks’ time, where he will be presented on the stage at the Fan Zone.

      Ahead of the Canadian GP in Montreal, Norris said: “To have one race a year where it is over the top, you have to be careful and try not to do too much to take the focus off why you are there.

      “But having that experience of so many fans — like the fan stage last year with everyone chanting your name — it is a special feeling.

      “I never expected that growing up. I’ve never been one for festivals and stuff like that, so I am not confident standing up there.

      “I’m nervous but the atmosphere and the feeling you get is pretty special.

      “There are thousands of people all there supporting me. That is such a cool thing.”

    • Ian Tuckey
    • Ian Tuckey

      The top 10 – how it looks on the grid

      1. Max Verstappen

      2. Fernando Alonso

      4. Carlos Sainz

      4. Lewis Hamilton

      5. Kevin Magnussen

      6. Mick Schumacher

      7. Esteban Ocon

      8. George Russell

      9 Daniel Ricciardo

      10. Guanyu Zhou

    • Ian Tuckey

      How it stands

      Pole-winner Max Verstappen leads Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez in the title standings by 21 points ahead of tomorrow's Canadian GP.

      And Ferrari's Charles Leclerc suffered another blow to his crown hopes as he'll start bottom as a penalty for excessive engine usage.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Grid recap

      Verstappen and Alonso on the front row,Sainz and Hamilton next – followed by impressive Haas duo Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen.

    • Ian Tuckey

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