Red Bull: Verstappen qualifies P2 while Pérez exits in Q1 at Canadian Grand Prix

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    Max Verstappen qualified P2 while Sergio Pérez failed to get beyond Q1 ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

    The reigning World Champion managed to put his car on the front row with a lap time of 1:12.000, matching pole setter George Russell of Mercedes.

    As Russell had set his lap time before Verstappen, the Dutchman had to settle for second place on the grid after some struggles throughout the weekend.

    After claiming P2, Verstappen sounded pleased to have qualified so high, considering the issues he faced with his car.

    Speaking after qualifying, Verstappen commented: "Going into qualifying, I would have definitely taken that [P2], so that it was that close makes it really exciting for tomorrow as well."

    "I mean I felt good in Monaco but it was just not our track, it was not happening for us."

    "This weekend again we didn’t have a great build-up to today. I think it will be quite an interesting race with the tyres tomorrow, how they’re going to fair."

    He added: "The weather as well, it keeps on coming in and out the rain, so hopefully it will be very exciting."

    Meanwhile, fresh off a new two-year contract with Red Bull, teammate Sergio Pérez's qualifying struggles carried over from the Monaco Grand Prix.

    The Mexican failed to progress beyond Q1 in back-to-back races and will start P18, ahead of just Sauber's Zhou Guanyu and Alpine's Esteban Icon, who received a five-place grid penalty after crashing with teammate Pierre Gasly in Monaco.

    It's a disappointing result for a driver who has been rewarded with a new contract for his career performance with the team, and he will need to work hard now to repay their faith with plenty of other drivers interested in taking over his second seat.

    Speaking to reporters, Pérez said: "It was a total disaster. I just couldn’t get the grip in."

    "Mainly the issue was the rear end, the rear axle. It felt a little bit worse."

    He added: "I think it was a very strange sensation for a lot of cars out there."

    "For us, I just couldn’t get the tyre switched on. It was taking a while to really switch on the tyre."

    He concluded: "It was a total disaster. I think when we went at the end, I just couldn’t get a proper lap in."

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