George Russell took pole position from Max Verstappen for the Canadian Grand Prix despite the pair setting identical times in a thrilling qualifying.

Russell set his 1:12.000 before Verstappen to take his second career pole in F1 and Mercedes’ first since last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lando Norris was just 0.021s away from pole as he took third from McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri, while Lewis Hamilton had to settle for seventh, having shown great speed in final practice.

It was a dramatic qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as both Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were knocked out in Q2 and Sergio Perez was eliminated in Q1.

Daniel Ricciardo recorded his best qualifying of the season in fifth, in front of Fernando Alonso and Hamilton.

Yuki Tsunoda, who was confirmed to stay at RB for 2025 earlier on Saturday, took eighth, from home driver Lance Stroll and Williams’ Alex Albon.

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A look back at some of the most dramatic moments from the Canadian Grand Prix

Sunday June 9
5.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday – Canadian GP build-up
9pm: Chequered Flag – Canadian GP reaction
10pm: Ted’s Notebook

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