Max Verstappen was able to resist Carlos Sainz’s belated push to win the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, under bright sunshine and in front of a record crowd estimated at 338,000 for the three days.
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Aboard his Red Bull, the Dutch driver achieved not only his fifth consecutive victory, but also his first ever in Montreal.
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Lewis Hamilton accompanied the two race leaders to the podium. The Briton is in the stands for the second time in 2022, having also finished third in the opening event of the season in Bahrain in March.
After a disastrous qualifying session, Lance Stroll left 17And when the red light went out, he offered an unexpected point when he crossed the finish line in tenth position at the wheel of his Aston Martin.
The Quebecer now have three points on the clock (all the result of a tenth place) in 2022. In five appearances they have collected four top 10s at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.
“I am very happy with my result,” said Stroll, “but there is still a lot of work to be done.”
His compatriot Nicholas Latifi, for whom this may be his last (and only) presence in Montreal, drove to the back of the pack to finally finish in 16.And position.
The intervention of the safety car, at 49And of the 70 laps of the race (following a small accident involving the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda), he was able to revive the debates after a rather lackluster event.
Starting from the lead, Verstappen then maintained a comfortable lead when it came to reorganizing the group. Then, at the restart, Sainz was threatening, but without being able to push the opponent into error.
“Of course the safety car didn’t help, he recognized the winner. In the end, I gave my all like Carlos. I would have preferred to attack rather than have to defend myself. “
“Feet on the ground”
If Sainz still has to wait before enjoying his first success in Formula 1, he will never have been so close to the goal.
The Spaniard only conceded nine tenths to Verstappen when the checkered flag was waved.
“With my foot on the ground, I took big risks at the end of the race, rubbing against the walls on many occasions, said the Scuderia driver. But I didn’t get close enough to him to attempt a pass.
Increased lead at the summit
Verstappen does an excellent operation in Montreal.
With this victory, the 26And of his career, he increased his advantage in the cumulative ranking (175 points) by taking advantage of the early retirement – following a mechanical failure – of teammate Sergio Pérez (129) and the penalty – engine change – inflicted on Charles Leclerc (126 ), which forced him to leave at the bottom of the grid.
However, the Monegasque made the most of his Ferrari, which led to fifth place. Ahead of him, George Russell maintained his regularity streak. The Briton scored his ninth top five in nine events this season.
9And stage of the F1 World Championship
1. Max Verstappen (PB / Red Bull) 305.270km in 1h, 36min, 21.757s
2. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / Ferrari) at 0.993
3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) at 7.006 seconds
4. George Russell (GBR / Mercedes) at 12,313
5. Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) at 15,168
6. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine-Renault) at 23,890
7. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Alfa Romeo) at 25,247
8. Zhou Guanyu (CHN / Alfa Romeo) at 26,952
9. Fernando Alonso * (ESP / Alpine-Renault) at 29,945
10. Lance Stroll (CAN / Aston Martin-Mercedes) at 38.222
11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / McLaren-Mercedes) at 43.047
12. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Aston Martin-Mercedes) at 44.245
13. Alexander Albon (THA / Williams / Mercedes) at 44,893
14. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Red Bull-Honda) at 45.183 s
15. Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Mercedes) at 52.145
16. Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) at 59.978
17. Kevin Magnussen (DAN / Haas-Ferrari) at 1: 08.180
* Alonso penalized 5 seconds for defending inappropriately (repeated changes of direction in a straight line) at the end of the race.
Sergio Pérez MEX / Red Bull Mechanical problem on lap 8
Mick Schumacher ALL / Haas-Ferrari Mechanical problem 20th lap
Yuki Tsunoda JPN / AlphaTauri-Red Bull Head to tail 49th lap
Fastest lap of the race: Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / Ferrari) 1: 15,749 on lap 63 (average 257,207 km / h)
1. Max Verstappen (PB) 175 points
2. Sergio Perez (MEX) 129
3. Charles Leclerc (MON) 126
4. George Russell (GBR) 111
5. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 102
6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 77
7. Lando Norris (GBR) 50
8. Valtteri Bottas (END) 46
9. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 39
10. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 18
11. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 16
12. Kevin Magnussen (DAN) 15
13. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 15
14. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 13
15. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 11
16. Zhou Guanyu (CHN) 5
17. Alexander Albon (THA) 3
18. Lance Stroll (CAN) 3
19. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0
20. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 0
1. Red Bull 304 pt
4. McLaren-Mercedes 65
5. Alpine-Renault 57
6.Alfa Romeo 51
7. Alfa Tauri-Red Bull 27
8. Aston Martin-Mercedes 16
9. Haas-Ferrari 15
10. Williams-Mercedes 3