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Max Verstappen

Verstappen not expecting 'straightforward' race despite pole position

Max Verstappen is looking forward to the Canadian Grand Prix after taking pole position, but the Red Bull driver admits that it may not necessarily be smooth sailing in Montreal.

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Max Verstappen admits that he is not expecting a "straightforward" race at the Canadian Grand Prix, despite securing pole position.

The Red Bull driver will start from P1 after setting the pace in Saturday's qualifying session, with a fast Fernando Alonso set to start alongside him on the front row.

Verstappen's lap was six tenths of a second ahead of Alonso, but the Dutchman is not taking anything for granted.

"I still expect it not to be a straightforward race," Verstappen told Sky Sports F1 after qualifying.

"But I think today, with the tricky conditions, we stayed calm, we didn't make mistakes, and we had the right calls in Q3.

"So, of course, [I'm] super happy with that, to get pole position here and also, to be back here in Montreal, it's been a while, and it's great to see all the fans."

Verstappen happy to be back in Montreal

With the weekend marking F1's first visit to Canada since 2019, Verstappen is happy to be back at the circuit and is hoping for a good race.

"You really get that kind of go-karting sensation back, with real proper kerbs around here," the reigning World Champion added.

"We always enjoy driving here and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

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