F1 grid today: Starting positions for Canadian Grand Prix

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F1 CANADÁ (AP)
F1 CANADÁ (AP)

Max Verstappen will start on pole position at today’s Canadian Grand Prix after he dominated qualifying in changeable conditions to continue his quest for a second world championship.

Fernando Alonso will start second for Alpine, the experienced campaigner also getting on top of the weather to take his first front-row start in over a decade.

Carlos Sainz starts third for Ferrari with Lewis Hamilton able to compete near the top of the field due to the inclement weather, the seven-time world champion taking fourth for Mercedes.

It was a fine session for the Haas team, who locked out the third row of the grid with Kevin Magnussen fifth and Mick Schumacher sixth. Esteban Ocon was seventh in the second Alpine with George Russell eighth for Mercedes after his risk of running on dry tyres towards the end of qualifying backfiring as he spun out.

Daniel Ricciardo and Guanyu Zhou rounded out the top 10 as Verstappen’s nearest title protagonists were left flagging. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start 19th after replacing several parts of his power unit while Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez crashed out in the second qualifying session and is down in 13th as a result.

Here is everything you need to know:

When is the Canadian Grand Prix race?

Sunday 19 June

  • Race: 7pm BST

How can I watch it online and on TV?

The entire race schedule will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 while highlights of Sunday’s race will be available on Channel 4.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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What is the starting grid?

  1. Max Verstappen - Red Bull

  2. Fernando Alonso - Alpine

  3. Carlos Sainz - Ferrari

  4. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes

  5. Kevin Magnussen - Haas

  6. Mick Schumacher - Haas

  7. Esteban Ocon - Alpine

  8. George Russell - Mercedes

  9. Daniel Ricciardo - McLaren

  10. Zhou Guanyu - Alfa Romeo

  11. Valtteri Bottas - Alfa Romeo

  12. Alexander Albon - Williams

  13. Sergio Perez - Red Bull

  14. Lando Norris - McLaren

  15. Pierre Gasly - AlphaTauri

  16. Sebastian Vettel - Aston Martin

  17. Lance Stroll - Aston Martin

  18. Nicholas Latifi - Williams

  19. Charles Leclerc - Ferrari

  20. Yuki Tsunoda - AlphaTauri

Driver championship

Max Verstappen has extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship, and right now his closest rival is his teammate Sergio Perez. That will change, you suspect, if Ferrari can get on top of their reliability issues because clearly Charles Leclerc has the pace in qualifying, but with only a few days until the Canadian Grand Prix gets under way, Ferrari do not have much time to get their car right.

1. Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing, 150 points.

2. Sergio Perez, Mexico, Red Bull Racing, 129.

3. Charles Leclerc, Monaco, Ferrari, 116.

4. George Russell, Great Britain, Mercedes, 99.

5. Carlos Sainz Jr, Spain, Ferrari, 83.

6. Lewis Hamilton, Great Britain, Mercedes, 62.

7. Lando Norris, Great Britain, McLaren, 50.

8. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Alfa Romeo Racing, 40.

9. Esteban Ocon, France, Alpine, 31.

10. Pierre Gasly, France, Alphatauri, 16.

11. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Alpine, 16.

12. Kevin Magnussen, Denmark, Haas F1 Team, 15.

13. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, McLaren, 15.

14. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Aston Martin, 13.

15. Yuki Tsunoda, Japan, Alphatauri, 11.

16. Alexander Albon, Thailand, Williams, 3.

17. Lance Stroll, Canada, Aston Martin, 2.

18. Guanyu Zhou, China, Alfa Romeo Racing, 1.

Constructors’ championship

Red Bull have extended their lead over Ferrari with a perfect weekend in Azerbaijan, as Verstappen and Perez collected a one-two and Ferrari recorded a double retirement. The gap between the two teams is now 80 points, and Red Bull are putting themselves in an excellent position to finally win the manufacturers’ prize after so much Mercedes domination.

1. Red Bull Racing, 279.

2. Ferrari, 199.

3. Mercedes, 161.

4. McLaren, 65.

5. Alpine, 47.

6. Alfa Romeo Racing, 41.

7. Alphatauri, 27.

8. Haas F1 Team, 15.

9. Aston Martin, 15.

10. Williams, 3.

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