Alonso promises to attack Verstappen in the first Canadian GP | formula 1

Fast-paced in the third free practice under heavy rain, Fernando Alonso maintained his good performance in the middle tires and, this Saturday at the Canadian GP qualifying session, he faced off against weekend rivals, Max Verstappen. It wasn’t worth the chance, but the two-time Alpine champion won second place on the grid on Sunday – promising to do everything against his opponent.

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– The goal is ready to lead on lap 1, so we will all be out in the first corner! Then they (RBR and Ferrari) can go ahead and fight, but it will be sweet to be able to lead the race – said the Spaniard after the session.

Max Verstappen greets Fernando Alonso after graduating from F1 Canada GP – Photo: Dan Mullan / Getty Images

Verstappen was the fastest in all three parts of the period, with rain until the end of Q2. And this time he will not have the protection of his RBR counterpart, Sergio Pérez; The Mexican fell in the middle of the midfield and will only start in the 11th, moving two places with penalties for Yuki Tsotaka and Charles Leclerc in exchange for power units for both.

Alonso has not started a front line race since Germany’s 2012 GP, in July, when he won the pole spot. But despite the surprise, the Spaniard resigned for the real potential of Alpine, the only fifth team in the current F1 championship:

– I am not sure with the possibility of tomorrow. I would say that we will fight for the top 5. We have a good chance to start, but we know our limits; and we have seen a race where the RBR or Ferrari started last or was fired on lap 1 but still finished with a good edge in front of us. I think the first four positions have already been secured, so the fifth is like a victory for us.

Fernando Alonso in Canadian GP Qualifications – Photo: Clive Rose / Getty Images

Verstappen, meanwhile, celebrated RBR’s classification “without error”, despite the loss of support from Pérez in the beginning. Leading the champions and returning to the top of the grid since the Emilia-Romagna GP, the Dutchman is still joking with his “old” rival:

– I used to watch F1 as a kid, watching Fernando there, winning races and championships. Sharing the front row with him is great. Fernando may be getting older, but he is still very fast. He knows how to start very well, so I need to be prepared.

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Alonso, one month old at the age of 41, also became the oldest driver to start from the front line since second place on the grid when Michael Schumacher won the Chinese GP in 2012. The double champion has not won the F1 race since the race from Spain 2013; The last Alpine victory was in August 2021, at the Hungarian stage, by Esteban Ocon.

Description and schedule of F1 Canada GP – Photo: Infoesporte

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