At the Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen held off the challenge of Carlos Sainz to triumph for the first time in his career on Sunday, further extending his lead atop the Formula One drivers’ championship.
In the Canadian Grand Prix, the victory moves him 46 points clear:
The reigning world champion prevailed in a nail-biting end-of-race fight with the Ferrari driver to secure his sixth win of the Canadian Grand Prix season and his second in a row after claiming a victory in Azerbaijan.
The victory moves him 46 points clear in the Canadian Grand Prix championship ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, whose early retirement due to a mechanical failure made a scar on the team’s sixth successive race win.
Having streamed into a commanding lead from the pole, for the Red Bull driver it had looked set to be yet another pleasant weekend before AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda hit the wall on his exit from the pits on lap 49.
With the field bunched up on the exit of the safety car six laps later, an enthralling battle between Verstappen and Sainz ensued, the gap at just over half a second heading into the final lap.
Charles Leclerc capped an impressive recovery drive with a fifth-place finish in Canadian Grand Prix:
Yet the Dutchman held his nerve to keep the Spaniard at bay, showcasing his defensive skill despite his preference for attacking.
“It was really exciting at the end. I was giving it everything I had and of course, Carlos was doing the same,” Verstappen said.”He was pushing, charging, pushing, charging — naturally when you’re on the DRS it’s easier to charge. The last few laps were more enjoyable.
“I think I would have preferred attacking instead of defending but luckily it worked out.”
After a nightmare double DNF in Azerbaijan, Sainz spearheaded a Ferrari bounce-back that saw Charles Leclerc cap an impressive recovery drive with a fifth-place finish in Canadian Grand Prix.
At the Canadian Grand Prix, Leclerc powered to three points to close the gap:
Starting from the back of the grid following further engine changes, Leclerc powered through the field to close the gap on Perez to three points at the Canadian Grand Prix in the drivers’ championship.
Lewis Hamilton capped any other sturdy weekend for Mercedes with his first podium finish considering the opening race of the season in Bahrain, with teammate George Russell following him home to comfortable a 2d directly 1/3-fourth end for his team.
Severe backache — heightened through car instability — in Azerbaijan closing week furnished some other task in what has been a hard season for Hamilton, so accustomed to competing at the highest end of the championship.
It has been such a battle in this year’s Canadian Grand Prix:
However, the seven-time world champion believes his team is headed in the right direction to close the Ferrari and Red Bull gap.
“It’s quite overwhelming honestly to get this third place and it has been such a battle in this year’s Canadian Grand Prix with the car and as a team,” Hamilton said.
“We have continued to stay vigilant and focused and never give up. That’s something I am so proud of and my crew inspires me.
“They are a little bit too quick for us at the moment but we are getting closer. We have got to keep pushing and hopefully, we will be in a fight with these guys.”