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Verstappen wins Canadian GP

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 19: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen has won the Canadian Grand Prix after holding off Carlos Sainz.

The race start saw a clean start from Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso, followed by the rest of the top 5, with a battle for position between Kevin Magnussen and Lewis Hamilton, the latter victorious. Further back, Leclerc and Perez both gained a position.

Heartbreak arrived for Sergio Perez on lap 9 as he lost power and pulled outside the track, prompting a Virtual Safety Car. This meant the end of the race for the Mexican who had also struggled in yesterday’s qualifying. Verstappen took advantage of the situation and went to the pits, and so did Hamilton. Sainz and Alonso had taken over the first two spots. The race resumed a few minutes later.

The day went from bad to even worse for Haas. Mick Schumacher stopped outside the track because of a mechanical issue. Virtual Safety Car was deployed again. It was an opportunity for Sainz, but he passed the pit lane at the moment. Meanwhile, George Russell changed his tires.

Sainz managed to have a pit stop just before Virtual Safety Car ended, but rejoined the track right in front of Hamilton. Alonso stayed on track once again, but eventually was overtaken by both Sainz and Hamilton.

Leclerc continued his charge through the field. However, the Monegasque was not able to pass Esteban Ocon for a long time. Leclerc had a pit stop on lap 42. However, he rejoined the track 12th after a slow stop.

Verstappen had his second pit stop and got a new set of Hard tires. The Dutchman came back to the race track 3rd, right behind Hamilton. However, the Briton also had a pit stop the following lap.

Yuki Tsunoda’s crash at the pit lane exit triggered Safety Car that was certainly good news for Sainz. The Ferrari driver went to the pits for new tires.

The race restarted on lap 55. Verstappen managed to stay in front of Sainz at the restart. However, the latter managed to stay within the DRS range and was putting pressure on his opponent.

In the end, Verstappen managed to stay ahead of Sainz and won the race. Hamilton went on complete the podium.

Results of the Formula 1 Canadian GP:

Pos.DriverTeamGap
1Max VerstappenRed Bull RacingWinner
2Carlos SainzFerrari+0.993
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes+7.006
4George RussellMercedes+12.313
5Charles LeclercFerrari+15.168
6Esteban OconAlpine+23.890
7Fernando AlonsoAlpine+24.945
8Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+25.247
9Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo+26.952
10Lance StrollAston Martin+38.222
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+43.047
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin+44.245
13Alexander AlbonWilliams+44.893
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+45.183
15Lando NorrisMcLaren+52.145
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams+59.978
17Kevin MagnussenHaas+1:08.180
18Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauriDNF
19Mick SchumacherHaasDNF
20Sergio PerezRed Bull RacingDNF
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