After a strong qualifying effort on (almost) home soil that saw Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher capture P5 and P6 on the grid in the wet, Haas is aiming for their first points since Imola at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix. Schumacher started Q3 in a good P4, but fell to sixth as Lewis Hamilton and teammate Magnussen improved in the last stages of the wet qualifying, with the Dane taking fifth, giving Haas its first two cars in the top six since the 2018 German Grand Prix. After taking his first front row start in ten years, Alonso hopes to lead Lap 1 in Canada. And, after a strong showing in Imola’s cold, wet qualifying, Magnussen admitted that the Haas VF22 seemed to relish the cold, saying: “It was a good run.” “I enjoy these conditions, and our car appears to enjoy them as well this year.” We had comparable, or at least intermediate, conditions at Imola, and we finished P4 [in qualifying], and now we’ve finished P5, so it’s been a lot of fun. All we have to do now is try to capitalize on it tomorrow. It obviously aided our chances of scoring points, so it’s a positive day overall.
Magnussen is grinning after a fantastic P5 in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
“It’s a true team effort in these conditions,” the F1 veteran remarked. “Communication is crucial, and I received everything I needed from the team today, both in terms of the car’s balance – of course, the car has something extra in these conditions – and in terms of simply communicating, getting me out at the right times, getting me in front of the queue, and doing the right thing all the way along.” As a result, the entire crew put up a tremendous effort.” Schumacher, who was making only his second ever Q3 appearance in Formula One, was pleased with his best-ever qualifying performance but did not expect to make any further progress up the order come Sunday. Verstappen braves the rain to take pole for the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of the spectacular Hamilton. Alonso “It was really decent,” Schumacher said, noting that he had yet to score in 2022. “We still haven’t gotten the most out of what we have… We had to cancel one lap due to traffic, and then it got a little chilly, which I didn’t like. “However, I’m still extremely delighted with P6 and a fantastic starting position for tomorrow’s race,” he continued. “I don’t see us getting much further forwards due to the speed of most cars surrounding us, but we’ll do our best to see where we finish up.”
Despite a career-best P6 grid position in Montreal, Schumacher believes he could have gone even faster in Q3.