Canadian Grand Prix – Bonus-malus: Verstappen (Red Bull) too strong, Sainz (Ferrari) too tender, Alonso whimsical

Rating: 3/5

There was never any doubt about the identity of the winner. Car safety regimes had the merit of maintaining a great deal of suspense at the end of the race. Some riders also gave us great maneuvers. But DRS trains are still a problem. Even in one of the best Formula 1 circuits.

Canadian Grand Prix

Verstappen, everything that separates the wolf from the herd

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Winner: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Max made Verstappen. When the lights went out, the Dutchman quickly calmed Alonso’s enthusiasm with a perfect start. On the court, the warmth of his temperament – he didn’t like being on Hamilton’s escape after his first stop, and as we know – always contrasts with the coldness of his ball. Under pressure for fifteen laps, the reigning world champion did not make the slightest mistake.

He already has six wins here this season. Batau has hit the helm of his rivals’ helmet. Without his two retirements, he would already have the crown in his hands. At this rate, the Red Bull leader could quickly get Alonso …

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) after winning the Canadian Grand Prix, June 19, 2022

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The big winner: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

This time, Sainz has no excuse. With a safety car, tires that had six laps less than those of Max Verstappen and the DRS, the Spaniard had never been in such a favorable position to seek his first success in F1. Well placed on several occasions, the son of the world rally champion may have been a little nervous. Although he claimed on the radio, “they have tried everything“.

Something tells us that in the opposite situation, Verstappen would have given it a try. This is the second time that Sainz has missed a success, after Monza 2020. Too bad Ferrari and Charles Leclerc needed it. And be careful not to get stuck: 149 Grand Prix, 11 podiums but towards the top step … this is starting to get a lot.

The big disappointment: Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)

For Pérez, the end of the mirage is over. Refreshed after his renewal at Red Bull and the excellent results, the Mexican abandoned his false hopes with a broken gearbox. There may be a stop for his departure from the track in the classification on Saturday. Here he is down 46 points from his teammate, just 3 units ahead of Charles Leclerc. And therefore again sentenced to stop.

The crazy series: George Russell (Mercedes)

Nine Grands Prix, nine finals in the Top 5. Russell maintained his good habits in Montreal, when the day before he had tried a very (too) daring bet in the standings, trying to complete a comeback with slicks.

In the championship standings, the Briton is still ahead of Carlos Sainz. And it’s only 15 points behind Charles Leclerc. Considering the big difference in performance between Ferrari and Mercedes, it’s remarkable.

Sanctioned by Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

A dream Saturday, a nightmare Sunday. After giving a show to the classification, Alonso was disappointed in the race. The Spaniard suffered a problem with his energy recovery system which cut off much of his top speed from the 20th lap of the race. Which forced him to do sohe drives like a suicide bomberIncluding maintaining his seventh position ahead of Valtteri Bottas at the end of the race.
Problem: The race director did not appreciate his zigzags in a straight line and imposed a 5 second penalty. Enough to degrade him to ninth place.

Fernando Alonso (Alpine) at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix

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The relief: Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)

Points, finally! Frankly bad luck in recent weeks, Zhou has been rewarded with an exciting and studious first part of the season. Relieved of reliability problems, the Chinese finished eighth, behind his teammate Valtteri Botras, after the sanction imposed on Alonso. Two well-deserved points that will do you good.

The bonus: The rise of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

The Monegasque failed to reach his fourth place goal. But on a circuit in the name of a driver loved by Scuderia fans, Gilles Villeneuve, Leclerc had to delight the fans. When in attack mode, Ferrari’s love is probably the most spectacular driver.

Some of his maneuvers were worthwhile, especially to the two Alpines. And listening to him, out of breath on the radio as he played the horn behind Ocon, we tell ourselves that he really has nothing to be ashamed of.

The bad guys: the words of Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

The Oviedo driver had given away the mocking smile on Saturday. On Sunday, he missed his communication. On the radio, in the first place, demanding an exchange of positions with Esteban Ocon on the pretext that he had been faster. “all weekend“Then in the press area, then, repeating that reliability issues only affected.”car number 14“. Strange.

Number: 82

With this new victory, 82, Red Bull has become the fifth most successful team in history, ahead of Lotus (81). Fourth, Williams is still a long way off (114) but no longer moving forward.

The optimistic statement: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Red Bull and Ferrari are a little too fast for us. But we are getting closer. We have to keep working hard to be able to fight these guys.

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