Verstappen lined the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve monitor with a lap time of 1 minute 15.158 seconds.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was second (1:15.404), whereas Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was third (1:15.531).
Verstappen has a 21-point lead over teammate Sergio Perez within the championship standings.
Perez, Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Mercedes’ George Russell rounded out the highest six.
Montreal native Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) was seventh, whereas Toronto’s Nicholas Latifi (Williams) was nineteenth.
Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton was eighth quickest. The Mercedes driver had mentioned within the morning press convention that he’d be tinkering with the automobile’s setup and that ends in observe would possibly endure. His Mercedes was sporting a reasonably large minimize out on the sting of the ground in observe.
Drivers hadn’t been on the monitor in three years. The weekend marks Formula One’s return to Montreal after COVID-19 pressured cancellation of the Canadian cease in each 2020 and 2021.
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