What To Watch For within the Canadian Grand Prix: Alonso on the entrance row and Haas chasing double factors

From Fernando Alonso again on the entrance row, to Charles Leclerc beginning on the again; and from Sergio Perez with work to do, to Haas trying to capitalise on their greatest each qualifying, we have picked out a number of the key facets to regulate when the lights exit on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve…

1. Fernando on the entrance row

Amazingly it’s almost ten years since Fernando Alonso final certified on the entrance row for a System 1 race, with the 2012 German Grand Prix – when he was on pole place – the earlier event. His anticipate such a beginning place got here to an finish with a shocking qualifying efficiency in Canada, and he’s bought excessive hopes for the opening lap of the race, too.

Alonso says his goal is to steer on Lap 1, saying it could be “candy” to get forward of Max Verstappen early on. That might effectively be essential to the general image of the race too, as it could push Verstappen again into the clutches of Carlos Sainz, who’s his largest menace at this level.

READ MORE: Verstappen braves moist situations to assert Canadian GP pole forward of sensational Alonso

Whereas Alonso might need that dream begin in thoughts, no matter he does goes to be pivotal. Ought to Verstappen retain the lead then Sainz might want to clear his fellow Spaniard shortly so as to give chase to the Purple Bull driver, who was supreme within the moist however is unlikely to carry the identical benefit if the race proves to be dry.

That’s simpler stated than executed, although, with the Alpine quick in a straight line and Alonso at all times a tenacious driver no matter place, not to mention when he’s proper on the sharp finish.

2022 Canadian GP Qualifying: Fernando Alonso celebrates superior P2

2. Leclerc on a cost

The fallout from Charles Leclerc’s retirement in Baku continues, with the Ferrari driver shedding the facility unit that failed and needing to take various new elements. The group have determined that the perfect place to try this is right here in Montreal, the place overtaking is feasible.

WATCH: ‘I hope we are able to make it by means of the sector’ – Leclerc braced for again row begin in Canadian Grand Prix

So Leclerc has taken a full new energy unit, including as much as a back-of-the-grid begin alongside Yuki Tsunoda, who has the identical penalty.

It’s the primary time this season we could have seen one of many quickest two groups – Ferrari or Purple Bull – have to start out a race from the again of the grid, and battle their means by means of the midfield groups in vehicles which are simpler to comply with and race with.


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Charles Leclerc should battle his means by means of the sector after taking an engine penalty in Canada

Leclerc’s season has rotated shortly since he was comfortably main the championship after Australia, and now he’s going through a race weekend the place he must try to restrict the injury as he sits 34 factors behind Max Verstappen within the drivers’ standings.

However he actually has a automotive fast sufficient to make progress, with a contemporary energy unit at the back of a Ferrari that has been on pole place in six of the 9 races up to now this season, and clearly wasn’t within the combine for pole given the penalty this weekend. Time for the Monegasque to ship a cost by means of the sector…

3. Perez with work to do

Issues weren’t rather a lot higher for Sergio Perez in qualifying, though his early exit was much more sudden. In a moist second a part of the session, the Mexican went straight on at Flip 3 and buried the nostril of his Purple Bull within the barrier.

Unable to reverse out, Perez was eradicated in thirteenth place, saved one other place on the grid by a difficulty for Lando Norris that noticed the McLaren driver unable to set a time in any respect.

READ MORE: Pole-sitter Verstappen anticipating powerful battle with Ferrari in Canadian GP after taking pole, as Perez admits ‘I tousled’


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Perez had an extended stroll again to the pits after nerfing the boundaries in qualifying

The Purple Bull is a really fast automotive and Perez has been assured behind the wheel up to now this season, however he now faces the same state of affairs to Leclerc, albeit from a barely higher beginning place.

Perez might want to make fast progress early on although, or he may discover himself in a battle with the Ferrari because the race unfolds.

4. Hamilton’s probabilities from his greatest grid slot of the 12 months

It’s fairly exceptional to assume, however such have been Mercedes’ struggles up to now this season that Lewis Hamilton’s fourth place in qualifying is his greatest efficiency of the 12 months. That’s proper, the driving force with essentially the most pole positions within the historical past of the game has not even been on the second row till now in 2022.

And Hamilton was duly delighted with such a end result, having actually struggled with the dealing with of his automotive on Friday. It provides the Mercedes drivers an excellent likelihood to choose up stable factors, too, with the likes of Perez and Leclerc going through their fights by means of the sector and a doubtlessly slower automotive when it comes to race tempo forward of him within the type of Alonso’s Alpine.

WATCH: ‘I did not even know I used to be preventing for high positions’ in Montreal qualifying, says Hamilton


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Lewis Hamilton will begin the race from the second row

Hamilton has had a podium already however that feels a very long time in the past on the season-opening race in Bahrain, so he will likely be trying to put himself able to chase one other high three end. And which may contain one other traditional Alonso vs Hamilton battle when there’s a trophy on the road.

Behind them, it’s additionally price maintaining a tally of George Russell. The opposite Mercedes driver opted to gamble on slick tyres in Q3 and ended up failing to enhance after sliding off the observe, leaving him eighth on the grid. If his run of ending each race within the high 5 this season goes to proceed, he’s going to need to make some strikes.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the motion from a moist qualifying session in Montreal, as Verstappen dominates within the rain


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Haas have two vehicles on the third row in Canada

5. Haas chasing double factors

The perfect outcomes preserve coming too, with Haas securing their best-ever qualifying efficiency with each vehicles within the high six in Montreal. Kevin Magnussen led the way in which with fifth however Mick Schumacher is celebrating his highest place on the grid by a long way, one which places him inside vary of his first ever factors end.

Haas have had some extraordinarily robust spells this 12 months however haven’t at all times been in a position to capitalise for one motive or one other, and have slipped to eighth within the constructors’ championship after 4 races with no level.

Each drivers are effectively conscious that there are faster vehicles behind them, however in such a aggressive midfield the beginning place will be essential and the goal certainly must be to convey that lack of point-scoring outcomes to an finish, and ideally with each vehicles for the primary time since Germany in 2019.

READ MORE: ‘I like these situations’ says Magnussen, after Haas lock out third row in Montreal

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