- Hülkenberg second fastest but penalised; Alonso promoted
- Hamilton and Russell promoted to third and fourth
Max Verstappen and Red Bull, once more utterly unperturbed by the rain, delivered through the spray for pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix. If the final shootout proved to be a damp squib, nullified by the looming grey clouds and the downpour they delivered in the final moments, Mercedes at least will take heart in the blue skies ahead indicated by their performance at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Verstappen, somewhat inevitably, had the best pace in a qualifying session that had opened shortly after rain had hit the circuit and then returned again as it progressed. Whether he might have been challenged remains moot as the final running was scuppered by the conditions but realistically, on every lap he put in, the world champion still looked to enjoy a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field.
Written by Giles Richards
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jun/17/dominant-max-verstappen-claims-canadian-f1-gp-pole under the title “Max Verstappen easily takes Canadian F1 GP pole but Lewis Hamilton happy”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.