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Fernando Alonso

Alonso challenges Aston Martin to ramp up Red Bull pressure

Alonso starts the Canadian Grand Prix from third after a tricky wet qualifying.

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Fernando Alonso believes Aston Martin has the chance to pressurise Red Bull in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard qualified third in a tricky wet qualifying session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, over a second slower than championship leader Max Verstappen.

Alonso and Verstappen were separated by Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg, who delivered a stunning effort just before red flags flew and further rain fell in Q3 to secure the American-owned outfit's best grid position for a Grand Prix.

But a penalty for Hulkenberg, who breached red flag procedures, has promoted Alonso onto the front row.

Assessing his session before Hulkenberg's fate was declared, Alonso said: "It was a very tricky qualifying in terms of choosing the right tyre at the right time.

"P3, we take it, I think it is a good starting position."

Red Bull has won every race so far this campaign, with Verstappen taking five victories and Sergio Perez securing the other two, as well as the Azerbaijan Sprint.

But Alonso has insisted: "We have a chance to put on some pressure. They have had some very easy wins until now, hopefully, they will have to push a little bit more.

"We have to be two seconds behind them, not 20 seconds behind them."

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