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

imperial. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) converted his pole position into victory in Canada on Sunday evening and recorded his 26th success in F1, the sixth in 2022. The Dutchman proved insensitive to the pressure exerted by Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) at the restart of the race. race caused by the crash of Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri). The Spaniard and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) accompany the reigning world champion on the podium.

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It is anchored, first of all like a mussel fixed to its rock. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) never doubted on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit. Even when his teammate Sergio Pérez threw in the towel after nine laps, the gearbox was tired.

Even as Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) crept into his diffuser for the last 16 laps with the persistent idea of ​​securing his first success after 149 races. The two drivers offered a thrilling finale to the thousands of spectators who were delighted to return to Formula 1 after a three-year absence, while this Canadian Grand Prix had until then been mainly pitted.

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The Dutchman had retained the advantage when the lights went out, despite the desire of Fernando Alonso (Alpine), surprisingly second, to “overtake him in the first corner”. A fine calculator, he had understood that Montreal was a golden opportunity to extend his championship lead. Its fiercest competitor Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), penalized for switching the power unit, mitigated the damage by orchestrating a frenzied rise from 19th place to the Top 5. After nine Grands Prix, the Monegask is 49 points behind the world leader and 3 unlucky Pérez’s units.

Hamilton returns to the podium

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

The Briton does not have the car to worry the Bataaf, but managed to get 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, he dropped in the standings, dropping from a promising second place to 7th behind Esteban Ocon (Alpine), but ahead of Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeos and Guanyu Zhou.

And what about the Haas, present in the third row: Mick Schumacher retired on lap 20 due to a mechanical problem; Kevin Magnussen was frustrated early in the race with a damaged wing from Hamilton. The Dane finished last, while Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) won the last point in the game thanks to a nice maneuver on Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren).

It wasn’t Pierre Gasly’s (AlphaTauri) match either. P14, the Norman only got one place from his starting position and never seemed to be able to aim better. The headline is already at Silverstone, in two weeks.

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