Canadian F1 Grand Prix Highlights, Analysis, Recap: Max Verstappen retains Carlos Sainz Jr. in Canada

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Max Verstappen kept his cool and had a great Sunday drive in Montreal as the Red Bull Racing powerplant was just a little stronger than Carlos Sainz Jr’s Ferrari at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

A Yuki Tsunoda crash made things a 15-round shootout in Canada, and time and time again Sainz Jr. tried to shoot alongside and in front of Verstappen, but just wasn’t able to do the deed. , not having enough power to catch the defending series champion.

“That safety car at the end didn’t help,” Verstappen said. “Carlos was charging and pushing, charging and pushing. Luckily we were very quick on the straights. Overall they were very strong in the race. …Luckily everything went well.”

Behind them in the field was Lewis Hamilton, who achieved his best result of the season by capturing third place, followed by his teammate, George Russell.

Then came more drama as the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso seemed to be a bit too much for the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, who had charged the field from 19th place but the Ferrari driver was finally able to make the passes work. and finished fifth.

“I was pushing hard,” said Sainz Jr. “I tried everything to pass Max, but we just didn’t have enough. … We were happy with the race pace and the way we got there. been able to keep the pressure on Max, so we’ll take the positives and try again in the next race.”

It will be July 3 at the British Grand Prix.

Unofficial results

  1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
  2. Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari
  3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  4. George Russell, Mercedes
  5. Charles Leclerc Ferrari
  6. Esteban Ocon, Alpine
  7. Fernando Alonso, Alpine
  8. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
  9. Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
  10. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
  11. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
  12. Sebastien Vettel, Aston Martin
  13. Alexander Albon, Williams
  14. Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri
  15. Lando Norris, McLaren
  16. Nicholas Latifi, Williams
  17. Kevin Magnussen, Haas
  18. Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri
  19. Mick SchumacherHaas
  20. Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing

What we learned

Ferrari looked like it was guessing what sort of strategy could get Leclerc ahead of the pack, and frankly they seem pretty lucky to see him end up where he did. Sainz Jr. was faster in the opening sector of the track, but Verstappen covered it on the rest of the circuit, and they will have to figure out how to close that power gap.

Hamilton’s third was the balm he needed to soothe his nerves this season, but there is still a lot to learn for Mercedes. F1 TV said Hamilton’s car was abysmal on Friday until they changed the setup to look exactly like George Russell’s, and that’s interesting. Could it be that these new cars don’t appeal to Hamilton?

Alpine looks set to challenge as leader of the rest with a fantastic weekend that saw Alonso start second and end with a double points finish by Alonso and Ocon.

As for Red Bull Racing, they can be happy with the victory but not with the gearbox failure of Sergio Perez’s car. They retain control of the drivers’ championship with Verstappen but will need Perez to claim the constructors’ title.

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