In yesterday’s post-qualifying interview, Alonso stated: “The objective is to steer the race in lap one. Turn One, most assault.
“And then after that, they can go and they can fight – but it will be nice, sweet to lead the race.”
Alonso will battle to beat reigning world champion Max Verstappen, on pole, and snapping at his heels will probably be Carlos Sainz, representing the flipside of Ferrari’s fortunes in Montreal ranging from third.
Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes skilled far much less of the exaggerated porpoising that has torpedoed his championship possibilities up to now, begins in fourth, in his highest grid place in 2022. His teammate, George Russell, appeared feisty for a spot on the entrance row, however modified his tyres from intermediates to slicks in Q1 and after momentarily sliding off track at flip one, he traces up eighth.
But Leclerc stays the driving force to look at at present. After a promising begin, the championship contender’s hopes have dwindled after two DNFs up to now 4 races, and he begins Sunday 34 factors adrift of standings’ chief Verstappen. Can he produce the magical drive from the again of the pack to take a share of the spoils in Canada and reignite his pursuit of the final word prize?
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