Though a dry line had emerged by the beginning of Q2, providing drivers to take an opportunity on working with mushy tyres, the situations had worsened by the beginning of the ultimate a part of qualifying and the rain picked up in depth.
Armed with intermediate rubber, Verstappen collected a 1m27.059s together with his first lap of the session, as Fernando Alonso obtained to inside 0.25s of the championship chief’s opener of their respective opening gambits.
However though rain continued to fall, Verstappen discovered sufficient tyre temperature to supply a 1m25.858s, though Alonso had eclipsed the Dutchman’s second sector in his follow-up effort.
Hulkenberg managed to place in a time adequate for second moments earlier than the crimson flag emerged, however Alonso was unable to finish his lap and needed to retreat to the pits.
The session resumed with seven minutes left on the clock, however the continued precipitation dampened any possibilities that the drivers might enhance within the ultimate half of the session.
However post-qualifying Hulkenberg was handed a three-place grid penalty for a red flag infraction, which meant he dropped from the entrance row to fifth place within the ultimate qualifying outcomes.
In additional penalty information, Carlos Sainz, Yuki Tsunoda and Lance Stroll have each been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix after impeding in qualifying.
Token working thereafter confirmed that, with a number of the drivers remarking that the session might solely be tackled with the full-wet tyre.
Alonso claimed the third-fastest time having been denied one other shot to beat Verstappen, and begins on the second row alongside Lewis Hamilton.
Nico Hulkenberg, Haas VF-23
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Sainz might solely handle eighth, however drops to eleventh having impeded Pierre Gasly in Q1 in a session the place the #55 Ferrari gave the impression to be of fixed irritation to different drivers.
Piastri’s time previous to his crash was adequate for ninth, as Alex Albon’s Q3 effort was chalked off as a consequence of a monitor limits violation.
Albon had been the primary to threat the mushy tyres at first of Q2 as a dry line began appearing, and it was a raffle that paid off as soon as the Anglo-Thai driver collected sufficient tyre temperature.
The Williams driver fired his solution to the highest of the timing board and, though then eclipsed by Alonso on the intermediate compound, Albon posted a 1m18.725s to ebook his place into Q3.
The Mexican bolted on intermediates once more as rain returned to the circuit, however was mired within the drop zone and was one of many two high-profile eliminations from the session.
Leclerc was one place forward, having been dumped into the drop zone as Hulkenberg broke into the highest 10 on his personal soft-tyre lap.
Dwelling hero Stroll recovered from a spectacular spin on the exit of Flip 5 and narrowly missed the wall, however might solely set a time adequate for thirteenth – beating Nordic duo Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas – however dropped to sixteenth together with his penalty.
Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23
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Q1 was crimson flagged after simply three minutes as Zhou Guanyu misplaced drive and needed to park up on the exit of Flip 7, though the Alfa Romeo drive was capable of carry out a reset to get the automotive again to the storage.
The drying nature of the circuit in Q1 put the onus on the drivers to point out continuous enchancment, and the session resembled musical chairs because the midfielders battled in opposition to the drop zone.
However each Tsunoda and Gasly encountered a dawdling Sainz on the chicane, and neither made it by into Q2 – Gasly venting his fury over the radio to recommend that the Ferrari driver “ought to be banned”.
Tsunoda missed out on the lower having been 0.016s shy of Hulkenberg in fifteenth, who felt the Japanese driver had impeded him through the session, which duly landed him together with his three-place grid drop and means he’ll begin nineteenth.
Nyck de Vries couldn’t enhance upon 18th on his ultimate lap, as Logan Sargeant joined Zhou on the ultimate row of the grid because the Chinese language driver was capable of return to the circuit – albeit barely hamstrung by his earlier subject.
F1 Canadian GP – Qualifying outcomes