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:
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||Winner|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+25.247|
|9||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||+26.952|
|10||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+38.222|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+44.245|
|20||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||DNF|