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Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes pole ahead of Nico Hulkenberg

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc was eliminated in Q2 after Ferrari left it too long to put him on slick tyres before the rain returned
Venue: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal Dates: 16-18 June
Coverage: Live text commentary and radio commentary of all sessions on the BBC Sport website & app, with live commentary of the race on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds app from 19:00 on Sunday. Full details

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took pole position in a wet qualifying session at the Canadian Grand Prix that produced a series of shocks.

Verstappen will start ahead of the Haas of Nico Hulkenberg, a car that is usually in the midfield but in which the veteran German excelled in the conditions.

There will be an all-star second row, with Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez were knocked out in the second session and qualified 11th and 12th.

The second Mercedes of George Russell was fifth, ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Lando Norris and the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, who may well face a penalty for impeding in the first part of qualifying.

McLaren’s Oscar Piastri, whose crash early in the final session secured Hulkenberg’s place on the front row because it brought out a red flag during which the rain intensified, was ninth, ahead of Williams driver Alex Albon.

The British-born Thai was another to put in an outstanding performance, finishing the second session fastest after gambling on starting it on dry-weather tyres.

He was unable to repeat the heroics in the final session but a 10th-place start is Williams’ best of the season so far.

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