2024 Canadian GP Qualifying: Russell Takes Pole With Identical Time to Verstappen

George Russell secured pole position for the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix, edging out Max Verstappen despite both drivers recording the same lap time.


By Ben Bush
Updated on June 9, 2024

George Russell (63) Mercedes P1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying
George Russell (car 63) in the Mercedes takes P1 in qualifying for the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix.

George Russell claimed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, in a remarkable qualifying session where he outpaced Max Verstappen, even though both drivers recorded identical lap times.

Russell initially took the lead in Q3 with a lap time of 1m 12.000s. Despite Verstappen’s improvements in his final runs, he only managed to match Russell’s time, which placed him second. This was only the second time in F1 history, since the introduction of three-decimal place timing, that two drivers recorded identical times for pole position.

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Lando Norris was a close third, only 0.021s behind, driving for McLaren, with his teammate Oscar Piastri right behind him in fourth. Daniel Ricciardo claimed the fifth spot for RB, marking a significant milestone ten years after his first F1 victory at the same circuit.

Fernando Alonso secured sixth for Aston Martin, followed by Lewis Hamilton in seventh, who had shown strong form earlier in the Mercedes. Yuki Tsunoda, recently confirmed to continue with RB in 2025, took eighth place, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and Alex Albon of Williams completing the top ten.

It was a challenging session for Ferrari, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz unable to advance past Q2, positioning themselves in eleventh and twelfth, just two weeks after both stood on the podium in Monaco.

Logan Sargeant delivered his best qualifying result of the season, securing thirteenth place for Williams. He was followed by Kevin Magnussen of Haas in fourteenth and Pierre Gasly of Alpine in fifteenth.

The session also brought surprises, notably with Sergio Perez being eliminated early in sixteenth place, marking his second consecutive early exit in qualifying.

Others who did not advance included Valtteri Bottas of Kick Sauber in seventeenth and Esteban Ocon of Alpine in eighteenth, who faces a five-grid penalty from a previous incident. The lineup was rounded out by Nico Hulkenberg and Zhou Guanyu of Haas and Kick Sauber in nineteenth and twentieth places, respectively.

Canadian GP Qualifying Results

2024 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying, 8 June 2024

163George RussellMercedes1:13.0131:11.7421:12.00026
21Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:12.3601:12.5491:12.00027
34Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes1:12.9591:12.2011:12.02125
481Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes1:12.9071:12.4621:12.10329
53Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT1:13.2401:12.5721:12.17825
614Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:13.1171:12.6351:12.22823
744Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:12.8511:11.9791:12.28026
822Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT1:12.7481:12.3031:12.41424
918Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:13.0881:12.6591:12.70125
1023Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:12.8961:12.4851:12.79626
1116Charles LeclercFerrari1:13.1071:12.69121
1255Carlos SainzFerrari1:13.0381:12.72822
132Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:13.0631:12.73622
1420Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:13.2171:12.91616
1510Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:13.2891:12.94018
1611Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:13.32611
1777Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:13.36610
1831Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:13.43511
1927Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:13.97810
2024Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:14.29211

Source: formula1.com

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