F1 Canadian Grand Prix 2022 live updates: Verstappen leads in Montreal but teammate Perez forced to retire

F1 Canadian Grand Prix 2022 live updates: Verstappen leads in Montreal but teammate Perez forced to retire

2022 F1 Canadian Grand Prix as it happens: commentary and highlights

Lap 27: Hamilton is the latest to overtake Alonso. The Brit moves up into P3 as he looks to claim only his second podium finish this season after finishing third in Bahrain during the opening race. 

Lap 24: We’re back to racing again and Leclerc is absolutely flying now that he’s broken the traffic. He overtakes Bottas into the final corner to move up into P7. It’s worth while remembering that he hasn’t pit yet mind as Sainz gets past Alonso to move back into P2 at the front of the race. 

Lap 20: We have our second retirement of the race as Mick Schumacher pulls up at the same corner Perez did earlier in the race. Once again the virtual safety car is out.

Lots of drivers dive into the pits on the back of that incident with Verstappen now back in the lead followed by Alonso, Hamilton and Russell. 

Lap 16: Verstappen moves up into P2 as he breezes past Alonso down the long straight. Sainz still leads and he remains nearly five and a half seconds ahead of the Dutch driver.

Leclerc has done well to get himself up to P12 after starting the race from the back of the grid but he’s now struggling to break through the midfield as Zhou Gangyu and Alex Albon battle infront of the Ferrari driver. 

Lap 12: We’re back to green flag racing following that virtual safety car as the top order is mixed up following the early pit stops. Verstappen pits and comes out in P3 as Sainz leads from Alonso though neither have pitted yet this race. 

Back down the road, Lewis Hamilton pulls a great move to snatch P5 away from Alpine’s Esteban Ocon at the first corner. 

Lap 8: PEREZ IS OUT!! The Mexican driver suffers some sort of engine failure, maybe a transmission problem, and he’s forced to pull up and retire. As a result, the virtual safety car is out. 

Lap 5: Carlos Sainz takes P2 away from Fernando Alonso on the long straight as the Ferrari powers past the Alpine.

Sainz hasn’t managed to pull away though and as a result, Verstappen has already pulled a three second gap at the front. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen is black and orange flagged due to some damage whilst George Russell is already up to P5 after an electric start.

RACE START: And we’re off in Montreal! It’s a perfect start for Verstappen who gets away cleanly though Alonso remains in the hunt behind the Dutch driver. Elsewhere and quite unusually at this track, there’s no collisions throughout the whole field.

At the back, Leclerc has already made up two places as he looks to ease the damage in the world championship standings given his grid penalty here.

2 mins to lights out: The cars are all out on track to begin their formation lap ahead of the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.

15 mins to lights out: This race will prove a different sort of challenge for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who after changing engine parts due to his retirement in Azerbaijan last time out, starts from the back of the grid as a result. 

With a world championship still to fight for, he’ll be hoping to perhaps sneak into the top five as a realistic ambition although the Canadian GP does have a reputation for throwing up some shocks.. 

30 mins to lights out: Speaking of Fernando Alonso, the 40-year-old Spaniard managed to wrestle his Alpine up into P2 yesterday in qualifying, a phenomenal result for the French team and the former two-time world champion.

That’s the first time since the 2012 German Grand Prix that Alonso has qualified in the top-two whilst here in Canada, he’ll be looking to claim second spot or better on the podium for the first time since 2014 in Hungary back when he was with Ferrari! 

45 mins to lights out: Well after the drama of yesterday’s qualifying session for the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix due to the wet weather, it looks like we’ll have a full dry race this afternoon in Montreal which will surely come as music to the ears of pole sitter Max Verstappen.

He simply proved far too good for the rest of the pack yesterday, claiming top spot by over half a second and unless Alpine’s Fernando Alonso can pip the Dutchman into the first corner, it’s difficult to see a situation in which Verstappen doesn’t claim the 26th race win of his career here in Canada today. 

1 hour to lights out: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix, the ninth race of the 2022 Formula 1 calendar.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the chequered flag last time out at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were both forced to retire from the race due to engine issues.

As a result, the Dutch driver opened up a sizeable lead at the top of the world drivers’ championship, with teammate Sergio Perez moving above Leclerc into second spot after picking up his fifth top-two finish across the past six races in Baku last weekend. 

Lewis Hamilton will be racing this weekend despite suffering a back injury after struggling with his Mercedes’ porpoising in Azerbaijan.

With seven previous wins in Montreal, the Briton has won the joint-most Canadian GPs in history alongside Michael Schumacher, though it’s expected that his Mercedes team will again be one step behind Red Bull and Ferrari in terms of race pace. 

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Canadian Grand Prix 2022 starting grid

Reigning world champion Verstappen dominated qualifying from start to finish on Saturday as he took just his second pole position of the season.

The flying Dutchman finished more than half a second ahead of the field during an action-packed and wet qualifying session, which saw Sergio Perez hit the wall in Q2. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc – currently third in the drivers standings – starts from the back of the grid after receiving a penalty for taking new engine parts after his retirement in Azerbaijan last time out. 

The big storyline of yesterday’s session though was Alpine’s Fernando Alonso claiming a top-two position in qualifying for the first time since the 2012 German Grand Prix. In fact, 15 of the drivers who will be racing in Montreal this afternoon alongside the former world champion hadn’t even started their F1 careers the last time the Spanish great started a race from the front row. 

Elsewhere, Ferrari’s Sainz starts P3 and Hamilton will be fourth despite stating his car was “undrivable” in first practice. Haas also recorded a third row lock-out with Kevin Magnussen P5 and Mick Schumacher claiming his best-ever qualifying result with P6.

Full starting grid line up for the F1 Canadian Grand Prix:

PositionDriver
1Max Verstappen
2Fernando Alonso
3Carlos Sainz
4Lewis Hamilton
5Kevin Magnussen
6Mick Schumacher
7Esteban Ocon
8George Russell
9Daniel Ricciardo
10Zhou Guanyu
11Valtteri Bottas
12Alexander Albon
13Sergio Perez
14Lando Norris
15Charles Leclerc
16Pierre Gasly
17Sebastian Vettel
18Lance Stroll
19Nicholas Latifi
20Yuki Tsunoda

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What time does the Canadian Grand Prix race start today?

  • Date: Sunday, June 19
  • Start time: 2 p.m. local time / 7 p.m. BST / 2 p.m. ET / 4 a.m. AEST

How to watch the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix 

USA: The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC later in the season. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.

UK: Sky Sports F1, or online through Sky Go, is the place to catch all the F1 action in the UK.

Canada: In Canada, you can watch F1 via the English-language TSN or French-language RDS.

Australia: Fox Sports is the carrier of live F1 coverage in Australia.

 UKUSACanadaAustralia
DateJune 19June 19June 19June 19
Time7 p.m. BST2 p.m. ET2 p.m. ET4 a.m. AEST
TV ChannelSky Sports F1ESPNTSNFox Sports