Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso make flying start in Montreal

Max Verstappen dominated FP1 of the Canadian Grand Prix, in which Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso flanked the world champion in the quickest times. The Spaniard did very well with the F1-75, gaining confidence and beating Charles Leclerc (fifth with a very old engine) and even better the Spaniard, with the Alpine. Alonso was third with the soft at the start, but finished in the same position with the medium, going against the rest of the grid, which speaks of a brilliant adaptation to the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit of Montreal.

It is true that Alpine tends to drop positions on Saturdays, when rivals turn the power screw on their engines, but a third place for Alonso, achieved from the start with mediums, means that he will be in Q3 without problems and that the rest must improve to catch him.

Possible penalty for Leclerc

The Monaco-born driver could fit new elements to his power unit for the race, something Ferrari will decide tonight, according to Marc Gen on DAZN F1. That could result in the first penalties for the Maranello outfit this year, leaving Sainz as the front-runner for the rest of the weekend.

Practice 1 Canadian Grand Prix 2022

  • 1st M. Verstappen Red Bull 1’15″158 23
  • 2nd Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1’15″441 +00″283 30
  • 3rd Fernando Alonso Alpine 1’15″531 +00″373 26
  • 4th S. Perez Red Bull 1’15″619 +00″461 28
  • 5th C. Leclerc Ferrari 1’15″666 +00″508 26
  • 6th G. Russell Mercedes 1’15″822 +00″664 24
  • 7th L. Hamilton Mercedes 1’15″877 +00″719 28
  • 8th L. Stroll Aston Martin 1’15″877 +00″719 23
  • 9th S. Vettel Aston Martin 1’16″041 +00″883 29th
  • 10th D. Ricciardo McLaren 1’16″083 +00″925 25
  • 11th P. Gasly AlphaTauri 1’16″165 +01″007 25
  • 12th L. Norris McLaren 1’16″211 +01″053 17
  • 13th A. Albon Williams 1’16″308 +01″150 25
  • 14th Y. Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1’16″322 +01″164 29
  • 15th E. Ocon Alpine 1’16″421 +01″263 22
  • 16th V. Bottas Alfa Romeo 1’16″429 +01″271 27
  • 17th G. Zhou Alfa Romeo 1’17″152 +01″994 26
  • 18th M. Schumacher Haas 1’17″223 +02″065 21
  • 19th N. Latifi Williams 1’17″241 +02″083 29
  • 20th K. Magnussen Haas 1’17″555 +02″397 27th

Red Bull dominated on mediums

Checo Perez was the fastest on the first set, where everyone was on the medium compound except Alonso, who started with the soft compound, and was third behind the Red Bulls. Sainz was fourth ahead of Leclerc. Russell moved up to seventh and Hamilton was only 12th.

After the first set of tyres

  • 1st S. Perez Red Bull 1’15″660 9
  • 2nd M. Verstappen Red Bull 1’15″703 +00″043 9
  • 3rd Fernando Alonso Alpine 1’16″312 +00″652 10
  • 4th Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1’16″400 +00″74 13
  • 5th C. Leclerc Ferrari 1’16″500 +00″84 8
  • 6th S. Vettel Aston Martin 1’16″710 +01″05 10
  • 7th G. Russell Mercedes 1’16″880 +01″22 12
  • 8th P. Gasly AlphaTauri 1’17″120 +01″46 11
  • 9th A. Albon Williams 1’17″144 +01″484 10
  • 10th D. Ricciardo McLaren 1’17″245 +01″585 10
  • 11th V. Bottas Alfa Romeo 1’17″274 +01″614 11th
  • 12th L. Hamilton Mercedes 1’17″337 +01″677 9
  • 13th L. Norris McLaren 1’17″462 +01″802 9