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Mercedes’ Russell grabs pole for Components 1 Canadian Grand Prix forward of Verstappen

George Russell edged Components One championship chief Max Verstappen to take pole place in an exciting qualifying session Saturday on the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Russell and Verstappen posted an equivalent lap of 1 minute 12.000 seconds, however the Mercedes driver secured his spot on the entrance of the grid in Sunday’s race for setting the time first.

It is the 26-year-old Russell’s second profession pole.

McLaren’s Lando Norris completed third (1:12.021) and Montreal’s Lance Stroll was ninth for Aston Martin. Seven-time Canadian GP winner Lewis Hamilton positioned seventh, qualifying outdoors the highest 5 for the primary time in Montreal.

In a surprising improvement, each Ferraris failed to achieve the third qualifying session (Q3) for the primary time since 2021.

Charles Leclerc, who gained the Monaco GP two weeks in the past, will begin the race in eleventh whereas teammate Carlos Sainz begins in twelfth after their elimination in Q2.

Earlier, Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez was knocked out in Q1 for the second race in a row and can begin in sixteenth on Sunday. Perez signed an extension by means of 2026 on Tuesday.

After a wild, stormy Friday in Montreal, the combination of solar and clouds made for extra beneficial situations Saturday. The rain rolled in briefly earlier than qualifying however subsided. It remained a threat all through qualifying however did not considerably affect the session.

The pole winner has crossed the end line first in every of the final seven Canadian GPs. Solely Sebastian Vettel did not win the race in 2019 as a result of a five-second penalty.

Verstappen gained the pole final yr and led each lap of the race in a dominant victory.

The Canadian GP is the ninth cease of the 24-race championship. Crimson Bull is 24 factors away from Ferrari for the Constructors’ Championship, whereas Verstappen leads the drivers’ standings by 31 factors over second-place Leclerc.

It is the 53rd Canadian Grand Prix, and the forty third in Montreal. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s 4.361-kilometre monitor was resurfaced this yr.

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