Canadian Grand Prix – Verstappen (Red Bull) wins ahead of Sainz (Ferrari), Hamilton (Mercedes) regains the podium

Imperial. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) turned his pole position into a victory in Canada on Sunday evening, achieving his 26th success in F1, his sixth in 2022. The Dutchman was impervious to the pressure exerted by Carlos Sainz ( Ferrari) at the resumption of the race. caused by the accident of Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri). The Spaniard and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) accompany the current world champion on the podium.

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He is entrenched, fixed in the first place like a mussel on his rock. At the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) never hesitated. Even when teammate Sergio Perez threw in the towel after nine laps, the gearbox was tired.

Even when Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) joined his broadcaster in the last 16 laps with the stubborn idea of ​​achieving his first success after 149 races. The two drivers put an exciting end to the thousands of spectators delighted to return to Formula 1 after a three-year absence, while this Canadian Grand Prix had been played mainly in pits until then.

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The Dutchman had maintained the lead when the lights went out, despite the desire of Fernando Alonso (Alpine), surprising second, to “beat him on the first corner”. A good calculator, he had understood that Montreal represented a golden opportunity to increase his leadership in the championship. Penalized for changing power unit, his fiercest competitor Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) limited the damage by orchestrating a crazy rise from 19th position to the Top 5. After nine Grands Prix, the Monegasque is 49 points behind world leader and 3 of the unfortunate Pérez. units.

Hamilton returns to the podium

We were waiting for a strategy at a stop, we finally had money. With three race neutralizations, the brains of the pilots and their engineers were close to overheating. Verstappen repeatedly complained about a worrying loss of grip on lap 43 as the nose of Sainz’s car swelled in his mirrors. What was his surprise coming out of the pits behind Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), whom he ended up overtaking after passing a blower on the wall of Red Bull.

The Briton does not have the car to worry about batting, but he has managed to sign his second podium of the season after Bahrain. The seven-time world champion beat his garage neighbor George Russell, who continues his good run in the Top 5. Alonso fell in the standings, dropping from a promising second place to 7th behind Esteban Ocon (Alpine), but ahead of the Alfa Romeos of Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou.

And what about the Haas, present in the third row: Mick Schumacher retired on the 20th lap due to a mechanical problem; Kevin Magnussen was frustrated by the fact that Hamilton was injured in the first half. The Dane finished last, while Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) won the last point in the game thanks to a good maneuver on Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren).

Nor was the career of Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). P14, the Norman only won one place in his starting position and never seemed able to score better. The boss is already at Silverstone in two weeks.

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