F1 starting grid: What is the grid order for the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix?

Henry Valantine
George Russell in Canadian GP qualifying. F1 starting grid.

George Russell took Canadian Grand Prix pole in a dramatic dead heat with Max Verstappen in Montréal.

The F1 starting grid is in place for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with some shocks having been made along the way.

Among the early exits from qualifying were Sergio Perez for Red Bull in Q1, while both Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, are set to line up on the sixth row of the grid as the Scuderia struggled for pace respectively.

F1 starting grid in place for the Canadian Grand Prix

Qualifying in Montréal had a high chance of rain on Saturday, and in a dramatic first part of qualifying it was Sergio Perez who was the first big name to fall for Red Bull, getting edged out of the session at the first hurdle for the second race in a row.

Esteban Ocon, carrying a penalty for his collision with Pierre Gasly in Monaco, will start at the back after also being knocked out in Q1, and his five-place penalty will take effect from there.

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Q2 saw more drama as the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were knocked out before their time, with the Scuderia pair set to be starting from the sixth row together.

But with Mercedes looking right in the mix, George Russell’s 1:12.000 was good enough for pole – and while Max Verstappen matched that lap time to the millisecond, because Russell set that lap time first, he will take the P1 grid slot on Sunday.

It’s only the second time since F1 introduced the third millisecond in qualifying that there has been a dead heat for pole position – but Russell will be thrilled to have got his lap in first and to have secured pole in such a way.

F1 starting grid: 2024 Canadian Grand Prix

1 George RUSSELL Mercedes
3 Lando NORRIS McLaren
4 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren
6 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin
7 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes
9 Lance STROLL Aston Martin
10 Alexander ALBON Williams
11 Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
12 Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
13 Logan Sargeant, Williams
14 Kevin Magnussen, Haas
15 Pierre Gasly, Alpine
16 Sergio Perez, Red Bull
PL Valtteri Bottas, Kick Sauber**
17 Nico Hulkenberg, Haas
PL Zhou Guanyu, Kick Sauber**
20 Esteban Ocon, Alpine*

*Five-place grid penalty carried over from the Monaco Grand Prix.
** Pit lane starts for changing rear wing specifications.

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