Ricciardo starts ninth as rain creates a wild starting grid in Canada

Daniel Ricciardo has another great opportunity to score points after a rain-affected qualifying led to a surprise grid for Monday’s Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was able to qualify ninth in tough conditions, ahead of teammate Lando Norris, who failed to make the top 10 due to mechanical issues.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took pole while Alpine driver Fernando Alonso shocked many by qualifying second.

It is the first time the Spaniard, who won the world championship in 2005 and 2006, has qualified on the front row in 10 years.

Ricciardo is coming off a solid eighth-place finish last time out, just his second top-10 finish this season.

The Australian has looked solid in his McLaren around the Montreal track and is hoping to climb up the order during the race.

“We really hit the ground running in both dry and wet conditions and we’ve been on the pace, showing some good signs,” he said.

“There’s maybe a few cars out of position as well, and you never know how that could sway the race.”

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez missed out on the top 10 after crashing in the second qualifying run, while a grid-place penalty for a new engine has Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc starting 19th.

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