The new victory of Max Verstappen, the rise of Charles Leclerc, but also the difficult weekend of Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez: find the tops and the flops after the Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday.
Verstappen increases the pressure
Not everything was easy for the reigning world champion in Canada on Sunday, especially not during the last fifteen laps when Carlos Sainz gave everything to take his first win. But the Dutchman has strong backs. He held on under pressure to give himself a sixth success this season, the 26th of his young career and in the standings the shot is perfect. With 175 units on the clock, Max Verstappen has a 46-point lead over Sergio Perez, who has been forced to retire (see below), and 49 points over Charles Leclerc.
Mercedes is getting closer
As in Baku, the Silver Arrows were solid in Montreal. Third, Lewis Hamilton won his second podium of the season after Bahrain’s at the start of the season. The seven-time world champion was happy after the race. Fourth, George Russell, who started eighth, still brings big points to Mercedes. A good omen for two weeks from Silverstone where the two British drivers are expected.
Sainz has tried everything, the rise of Leclerc
Pretty satisfying weekend for Ferrari in Canada. Third on the grid, Carlos Sainz tried everything but ran into an Imperial Max Verstappen in Montreal and the Spaniard settled for a solid second place. As for Charles Leclerc, who started 19th after penalties for a change of engine and other parts, he finished fifth. A great performance from the Monegasque. In the end, Ferrari took 29 points in Canada, four more than Red Bull.
Alpine and Alfa Romeo in the game
“We Were Strong” says Esteban Ocon. Indeed, Alpine initially had a good weekend at Ile-Notre-Dame with Esteban Ocon finishing sixth and Fernando Alonso seventh. Second on the grid, the Spaniard was frustrated at the finish as he suffered engine failures from lap 20 that left him four to five tenths per lap. And the frustration turned to disappointment when the FIA decided after the race to award him a five-second penalty for repeatedly switching defenses against Bottas. Waste of time pushing the Hispanic back to ninth place in favor of… the Alfa Romeos. Valtteri Bottas (7th) and Guanyu Zhou (8th), author of his best performance in F1, offer a ten-point weekend for the Italian marque that remains in the running for fourth place in the constructors’ standings.
After five races without a point, the Frenchman had ended this series in Baku with his fifth place. The Alpha Tauri pilot then arrived in Montreal with ambitions. Ambitions cooled quickly after his 16th place in qualifying. A big disappointment like his anonymous race on Sunday, with a modest fourteenth place. Pierre Gasly has struggled with his Alpha Tauri this season with only one top 10 in the last seven races.
A difficult weekend for Perez
He has been the driver of the moment since his success in Monaco. So much so that the Mexican was propelled forward as a potential title contender. But the Canadian weekend did not go as planned. Sergio Perez made a mistake in Q2 on Saturday, which made his race very difficult. From 13th place, Red Bull’s No. 2 attacked at the start of the race, but soon retired on lap 9 after a gearbox problem. A weekend to quickly forget for the ex-Force India driver.
McLaren, zero points
“Nothing worked”, these words are those of Lando Norris at the end of the race. That perfectly sums up McLaren’s weekend in Quebec. Lando Norris (15th) and Daniel Ricciardo (11th) did not shine in Montreal due to a highly perfectable car and shaky strategies. On arrival, the result is unforgiving: zero points. This brings Alpine four points from fourth in the constructors’ hands to McLaren.
ALSO SEE – Bamba Dieng’s acrobatic return with OM in Strasbourg last December (0-2)