Max Verstappen won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal



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Max Verstappen won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

Defending champion and world championship leader Max Verstappen celebrates a commanding victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. He prevails in front of Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz and record champions Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.

Verstappen was the first to cross the finish line after 70 laps and in less than a second he crossed the finish line ahead of Carlos Sainz of Ferrari and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. Winner Verstappen: “It is an unbelievable weekend so far for us,” mentioned the two-time world champion.

“The car was mega. I was so comfortable driving this car, and the fans pushed me to make an extra push”. Sainz, who fought a thrilling battle for first place and his first career win over the last ten laps of the race: "I was pushing flat out, I wasn't leaving an inch to the walls under braking.

I was pushing everything with the battery. I tried everything to pass Max. Perez engine broken
Red Bull colleague Sergio Perez retires early in the race with a gearbox failure. Despite the victory, the Austrian racing team is left with a few worries - not only Ferrari is struggling with the stability of the engine this season.

Red Bull has already had four failures this season due to technical defects, Ferrari three.

Verstappen pursuers are losing ground

Speaking of Ferrari: Charles Leclerc fought his way up from 19th on the grid to fifth place, directly behind Silver Arrow George Russell.

As is well known, the Monegasque led the Drivers' World Championship for a long time this year, but recently suffered setbacks with technical problems. Verstappen extends his championship lead over Perez to a whopping 46 points.

Leclerc is already 49 points behind the Dutchman. Means: Leclerc is two wins behind.

Alonso and Schumacher disappointed

Old star Fernando Alonso caused a sensation on Saturday with second place in qualifying. His Alpine's lack of speed and his team's poor tire strategy pushed him back to seventh place behind colleague Esteban Ocon.

With a sixth place on the grid, Mick Schumacher was also able to count on his first World Championship points in his 30th career race. The son of record world champion Michael Schumacher is eliminated, cursing indignantly on the pit radio.