Verstappen Battles Sainz for Canadian GP Victory

Verstappen Battles Sainz for Canadian GP Victory

After three long years, Formula 1 finally returned to the 4.3-kilometre track of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Despite wet conditions all weekend, the sun shone for Sunday’s exiciting race.

LAP 1: Pole-sitter, Max Verstappen, pulled away when the lights went out as second-place start, Fernando Alonso, had a slow reaction time off the line.  Carlos Sainz started second, while his teammate Charles Leclerc started from the rear of the field due to an engine penalty.

LAP 4: The Ferrari of Carlos Sainz made the pass on Fernando Alonso to take the second position while setting the fastest lap of the race.

VIRTUAL SAFETY CAR – LAP 8: Sergio Perez pulled to the side of the track, causing a virtual safety car as his Red Bull encountered a mechanical issue and was forced to retire. Verstappen and several others opted to pit under the VSC, surrendering the lead to Sainz, who stayed out.

VIRTUAL SAFETY CAR – LAP 20: Mick Schumacher triggered another VSC, allowing more drivers a free pit stop including Sainz, who remained in the lead.

LAP 30: Less than halfway through the race, Charles Leclerc had already made his way up to P6 after starting 20th.

SAFETY CAR – LAP 49: With 21 laps to go, the safety car came out for the Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda, who came out of the pits on cold tires and went straight into the barriers. The yellow allowed Carlos Sainz to make his final pitstop, putting Verstappen in P1 and Sainz in hot pursuit for the race to the finish.

CHECKERED FLAG – LAP 70: Despite Sainz’s best efforts – staying within a second of Verstappen for the entire last stint – he could not get close enough to make the pass. This let Red Bull claim their 6th win in a row with Sainz in P2 and Lewis Hamilton scoring a podium finish as well.

RESULTS: 

  1. Max Verstappen
  2. Carlos Sainz
  3. Lewis Hamilton
  4. George Russell
  5. Charles Leclerc
  6. Esteban Ocon
  7. Fernando Alonso
  8. Valtteri Bottas
  9. Zhou Guanyu
  10. Lance Stroll
  11. Daniel Ricciardo
  12. Sebastian Vettel
  13. Alexander Albon
  14. Pierre Gasly
  15. Lando Norris
  16. Nicholas Latifi
  17. Kevin Magnussen
  18. Yuki Tsunoda
  19. Mick Schumacher
  20. Sergio Perez
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