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Max Verstappen

Verstappen jokes Dutch roots helped to earn Canada pole

It's a fifth pole of the season for the World Champion in a wet Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying session.

Max Verstappen has joked that he is used to the wet conditions he faced in Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying as he comes from The Netherlands.

The World Champion put a lap on the board early in Q3 in Montreal as heavier rain began to fall, with Oscar Piastri accident later in the session bringing out red flags.

During the delay, the weather worsened, allowing Verstappen's time to stand as he earned a 25th career pole, with main title rival Sergio Perez down in 12th after a Q2 exit.

And Verstappen joked that his homeland was able to help him secure P1 for the third straight race.

Verstappen on pole in Canada

"I like driving in the wet, I mean I come from Holland so I am used to driving in the wet," Verstappen said.

"Friday was fantastic [with the car] so we made a few changes to the car, and of course today was completely wet, so it was a little bit different.

"But the car was improved in general to drive and in the wet, you just have to stay on top of all conditions and it was super slippery out there in some places.

"We were just fine tuning, the downshifts are not really a problem, but you always want to improve little areas."

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