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Max Verstappen will start Monday’s (4am AEST) Canadian Grand Prix from pole position after a wet and wild qualifying in Montreal.

The Red Bull ace was 0.645 seconds faster than anyone on the day, with teammate Sergio Perez crashing out in Q2, while title rival Charles Leclerc didn’t participate in Q2 given he already has a grid penalty for changing his Ferrari power unit.

Meanwhile, 40-year-old Fernando Alonso starred in qualifying, shocking the field by putting his Alpine on the front row ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Daniel Ricciardo made Q3 and will start on Monday in ninth, while McLaren teammate Lando Norris was eliminated in Q2 due to a power issue.

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Verstappen will start from pole position. (Photo by Jim WATSON/POOL/AFP)Source: AFP

Verstappen’s pole ends a run of four in a row by title rival Leclerc who starts the race from the back of the grid.

The 40-year-old Alonso put in a dazzling late lap to delight the crowd and outpace Sainz who qualified third ahead of a reinvigorated Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

Kevin Magnussen wound up fifth ahead of his Haas team-mate Mick Schumacher, Esteban Ocon in the second Alpine and George Russell in the second Mercedes.

It was Schumacher’s best qualifying performance since arriving in Formula One last year.

Ricciardo was ninth for McLaren ahead of Guanyu of Alfa Romeo, the Chinese driver reaching the top ten for the first time on a day of the unexpected.

After heavy rain overnight and through the morning, the temperature was only 11 degrees when Race Control declared the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to be an official ‘wet track’ for the session.

Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Another big crowd turned out, bedecked in colorful plastic ponchos and anoraks to greet the return of F1 after a Covid-caused three-year absence.

All 20 drivers went out immediately to test the conditions in the opening qualifying session, the entire field running on full-wet tyres.

The track appeared to be wetter than it had been in final practice when Alonso was quickest.

Russell set the early pace before Verstappen and Sainz took over only for the Mercedes man to respond again before Magnussen went quickest for Haas.

As a dry line began to emerge, Valtteri Bottas took over on top as the times tumbled with dramatic affect, Sainz again taking his Ferrari top before running on at Turn Three and reversing to re-join the fray.

Amid the chaos, Verstappen stayed calm to go quickest again ahead of Alonso while, unexpectedly after shining in third practice, both Aston Martin men, local star Lance Stroll and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, were eliminated.

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Out with them went AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, Canada’s second hope Nicholas Latifi of Williams and Yuki Tsunoda in the second Alpha Tauri.

The second session began with some drivers, including Sainz and Perez, trying intermediate tires only for Alex Albon to go off at Turn Six in his Williams and then Perez to slide into the barriers, more heavily, at Turn three.

Perez’s crash prompted a red flag to halt the action, wrecking his hopes of beating Verstappen in qualifying for a third consecutive weekend to boost his title bid.

The session resumed with nine minutes remaining, a wider dry line and everyone on intermediates except Leclerc who remained in the pits, knowing he will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid after taking a new power unit.

In a frantic finale, Verstappen pipped Alonso at the top while Bottas of Alfa Romeo, Albon, Perez, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Leclerc missed the cut.

Russell set an early marker in 1:24.006 before Verstappen flexed his might in 1:22.701. It was a statement lap.

On his second run, Russell gambled on taking slick tires as the Dutchman trimmed his best time to 1:21.620 – a gamble that failed as he spun off at Turn Two.

QUALIFYING: TOP TEN

1) Max Verstappen

2) Fernando Alonso

3) Carlos Sainz

4) Lewis Hamilton

5) Kevin Magnussen

6) Mick Schumacher

7) Esteban Ocon

8) George Russell

9) Daniel Ricciardo

10) Zhou Guanyu

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