Light and shadow for Red Bull in qualifying. The good news was still absent for the Mexican driver Sergio Pérez on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit and everything even got worse once he was eliminated in Q2 of the classification, so he will start outside the top ten of the corresponding race this Sunday. at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, while his Dutch teammate Max Verstappen took pole position.
The Mexican suffered in the three free practices and in Q1, where he barely passed the cut. Although his car showed some tweaks, a setup, the improvement has yet to be verified and he suffered in qualifying due to rain.
Nine minutes from the end of Q2, Checo lost control of his car to go against the grass and the wall.
A blow that fortunately did not cause serious damage to the driver and the car, he even tried to reverse it to continue his participation, however, it was not entirely easy and caused the red flag for for the car to be pulled off the track by a tow truck as the Guadalajara man drove off on his own.
Pérez Mendoza had already suffered a Q2 elimination with Red Bull, during the Qatar GP last year, but in this 2022 Formula 1 season, it was the first time that he did not make the cut to settle. in Q1, among the first 10 won.
The Mexican will therefore start from thirteenth place in this Sunday’s race, a place from which he will have to row against the tide to, on the one hand, enter the points zone, and on the other hand, fight for a place on the podium.
The Jalisco driver’s best record in this classification, in which he completed 14 laps, was 1:33.127 minutes, a period that propelled him to eighth place, but in the absence of other drivers competing, they ended up taking him out of the “top ten”.
Sergio Pérez won’t have it easy on Canadian soil, as in addition to starting far from the top places behind, he will feel pressure from Monegasque Charles Leclerc, of Ferrari, who will start from the bottom of the grid after making changes to sa Unit of power.
The good news is that this Quebec track lends itself to overtaking, which is why the Italian team risked a penalty, so Pérez and Leclerc promise a battle outside the top ten.
For his part, Verstappen, who commanded the first two free sessions, once again demonstrated his power in qualifying, he was the fastest with a time of 1:21.299 minutes, followed by the experienced Spaniard Fernando Alonso, d ‘Alpine, who, like in the good old days, he proved his abilities in the rain and achieved his best lap in 1:21.944 minutes. In third place will start Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr, of Ferrari, who posted a time of 1:22.096.
Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Dane Kevin Magnussen (Haas) complete the top five for the start of this Sunday competition, the ninth round of the 2022 Formula 1 season.
German Mick Schumacher (Haas) also shone and will start in sixth place, followed by Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Briton George Russell (Mercedes), Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Chinese Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), who will start in the top 10 places.
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