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Formula 1 F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 18, 2022 Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Lance Stroll of Aston Martin during practice – Christinne Muschi/Reuters

8:56 pm

Kevin Magnussen, Sainz and Verstappen

Everyone went off track in FP3. Fortunately, no damage to their cars, but an indication that we could be gearing up for an unpredictable, unpredictable heat.

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Verstappen narrowly avoids Daniel Ricciardo during free practice today - Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports

Verstappen narrowly avoids Daniel Ricciardo during free practice today – Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports

20:52

The mechanics are still working at Red Bull

… in Sergio Perez’s car. No suggestion yet that this will affect his qualifications, but sparks are flying in Red Bull’s garage.

Your teammate’s car is ready to go.

8:48 pm

Ranking of the top 5 constructors ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix

  1. red bull race 279 points

  2. Ferrari 199 points

  3. mercedes 161 points

  4. McLaren 65 points

  5. Alpine Renault 47 points

Ferrari’s inconsistency has given Red Bull an uncontrolled lead. Can they take it? And even more optimistic, can Mercedes?

8:43 pm

A reminder of our new F1 bulletin – The Racing Line

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8:39 pm

Forecasts?

Can Alonso and Vettel take their strong training form to a final at the top of the grid? Verstappen is generally more than happy with a bit of bad weather, despite struggling in FP3. Just over twenty minutes until we begin the process of finding out.

Sergio Perez of Red Bull Mexico drives during the third practice session during the third practice session at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Saturday, June 18, 2022. - Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

Sergio Perez of Red Bull Mexico drives during the third practice session during the third practice session at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Saturday, June 18, 2022. – Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

8:36 pm

Toto Wolff talks to Sky Sports F1 about Mercedes’ troubled W13

I think we probably got it wrong. What we were expecting in terms of mechanical grip and downforce, is way too low for what you can realistically run.

It’s a direction we need to change and we’re doing it, but it’s too slow.

It’s not what we expected of ourselves, and where we should be.

8:20 pm

Top 10 in the drivers’ standings for the weekend

Leclerc will have a lot to do to rein in his Championship ambitions after two retirements in the last four races.

8:17 pm

An interesting peculiarity of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Marmots, native to the island of Notre Dame and therefore immobile. They did some harm in their time, seeming to keep up with the races, and yesterday one came close to Carlos Sainz’s Pirellis.

8:12 pm

Some pre-qualifying readings

To be honest with you, I just tried to stay true to our values, keep my head down and do the best job possible,” says Horner. “But you can see it overflowed in the garage next door on a couple of occasions.

This is something I haven’t seen against another competitor. I’ve raced against Ross Brawn, Stefano Domenicali, Ron Dennis, Flavio Briatore and I’ve never, ever seen that kind of reaction.

Christian Horner spoke to Oliver Brown about his personal and toxic feud with Toto Wolff.

British Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner follows the qualifying session for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku on June 11, 2022.

British Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner follows the qualifying session for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku on June 11, 2022.

8:07 pm

The wet ones are putting to good use today

8:05 pm

Last times after the third training session

  1. Fernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine Renault 1min 33.836s

  2. Pierre Gasly (FRA) AlphaTauri 1:33.889

  3. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin 1:33.891

  4. Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine Renault 1:34.003

  5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren 1:34.110

  6. Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren 1:34.248

  7. George Russell (GBR) Mercedes 1:34.259

  8. Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing 1:34.498

  9. Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing 1:34.616

  10. Carlos Sainz (ESP) Ferrari 1:34.778

  11. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Alfa Romeo 1:35.016

  12. Zhou Guanyu (CHN) Alfa Romeo 1:35.213

  13. Lance Stroll (CAN) Aston Martin 1:35.531

  14. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas 1:35,643

  15. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:35.692

  16. Alexander Albon (THA) Williams 1:35.761

  17. Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) AlphaTauri 1:36.261

  18. Mick Schumacher (GER) Haas 1:37.388

  19. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) Williams 1:38.394

No appointment: Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari

20:00

Goodnight

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix for a soggy qualifying race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

It’s the first time the circus has come to Canada since the COVID pandemic, with the last race on the island of Notre Dame de Montreal in 2019. That day belonged to Lewis Hamilton: Hamilton has won the Grand Prix here seven times, which makes it its third most profitable circuit.

But even the most committed fan of the British driver would have a hard time justifying an optimistic comeback for Hamilton. Earlier in the week, he revealed that he was still taking painkillers after the damage his W13 inflicted on him after practicing heavily in Baku last weekend.

He will also have no respite soon after the FIA’s shocking decision on Thursday which sees the sport’s governing body answer questions of purpose by putting a strict limit on “vertical swings” – penalizing teams that exceed it. This will only hurt teams, like Mercedes, whose cars struggle with the problem, as the only solution will be to increase the ride height, slowing the former seven-time world champion and his teammate George Russell.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 17: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during practice ahead of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 17, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec.  - Peter J Fox/Getty Images North America

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 17: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during practice ahead of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 17, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. – Peter J Fox/Getty Images North America

Coming off today’s final practice session, it is the veterans who have the head start in the wet conditions of FP3, with Fernando Alonso leading the pack for Alpine and Sebastian Vettel for Aston Martin 0.055s adrift in third. Both drivers have already won the Grand Prix, Alonso in 2006 and Vettel twice, in 2013 and 2018. Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri splits the pair in second place.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s race day, Charles Leclerc’s title hopes hang in the balance after being overtaken by Sergio Perez in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix standings. But he was not helped in Montreal by a 10-place grid penalty the Monegasque driver received after installing a new electronic control between practices one and two yesterday, and a further grid penalty for installing a new power unit earlier. of training three.

After receiving the first penalty, Leclerc said: “Obviously I’m starting a little bit more in the back. But I think it was the best decision to make, so we’ll see how it goes.

“The overtaking was a little harder than I expected today, but the pace is there so hopefully we can get back to where we want to be.”

Leclerc now starts at the back of the grid alongside Yuki Tsunoda, who also added new power unit elements on Friday.

Settle in: just under two hours to go until we find out how the drivers will line up in Montreal.

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