Canadian GP: Fernando Alonso fastest in wet final practice ahead of Montreal qualifying

Fernando Alonso excels in wet conditions to beat Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel to fastest time; world championship leader Max Verstappen ninth after opting for limited running; watch Canadian GP qualifying live at 9pm on Sky Sports F1, with build-up from 8pm

Last Updated: 6/18/22 7:22pm

World champion Max Verstappen spins as he goes into turn two but manages to keep his Red Bull out of the barrier brilliantly.

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World champion Max Verstappen spins as he goes into turn two but manages to keep his Red Bull out of the barrier brilliantly.

World champion Max Verstappen spins as he goes into turn two but manages to keep his Red Bull out of the barrier brilliantly.

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in an intriguing wet final practice session at the Canadian GP, ​​ahead of what promises to be a thrilling qualifying in Montreal.

Alonso edged out AphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel, who were both just over half a tenth back from the Spaniard, with his Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon fourth.

After opting not to participate in the first half of the session, world championship leader Max Verstappen was only ninth and narrowly avoided what could have been a costly crash as he spun at Turn 2.

Ferrari confirmed during the session that, as many had expected, Charles Leclerc is taking a new power unit and will start Sunday’s race from the back row. Leclerc choose not to set a lap time.

Having struggled on Friday, Mercedes did not appear to benefit from the wet conditions, with George Russell seventh behind the McLarens of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, while Lewis Hamilton was 15th.

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