Verstappen returns to victory after a lively Canadian Grand Prix

While the rain spiced up this Sunday in Montreal, Max Verstappen passed through the drops to return to success. The McLarens were invited to the podium, the Ferraris did not see the finish.

Published on 09/06/2024 à 21:50

Gonzalo Forbes

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Verstappen returns to victory after a lively Canadian Grand Prix

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  • It was difficult to predict a winner in this Canadian Grand Prix but in the end it was Max Verstappen who ended up triumphing this Sunday.
  • Given in the rain, the start saw pole sitter George Russell maintain his position ahead of the three-time world champion and the Mclaren de Lando Norris. Animated by rain and Haas unleashed thanks to their maxi rain tires, the leading group was relatively calm in the first third. We had to wait until around the 20e turn when Lando Norris launched into an attack on the Dutchman and the Englishman in front of him only to see things get out of hand.
  • Helped by the authorization to use DRS while the track was drying, the Woking driver took the opportunity to overtake Max Verstappen and George Russell in quick succession to take control of the Grand Prix. At that moment, victory seemed almost promised to him as his pace was superior to that of his rivals who he pushed back to 8 seconds in barely 4 laps. The road was clear in front of him but the exit Logan sargeant the 25e passage turned everything upside down.

  • Unlike in Miami where the Safety Car worked in his favor, Lando Norris was not lucky with the timing this time. While the race management was slow to deploy it, the Englishman continued on his way while Max Verstappen and George Russell behind took the opportunity to stop. A gift for Verstappen who did not ask for so much to regain the lead of the race in front of the two Englishmen, to the advantage of that of Mercedes.

  • Behind, the pilot Red Bull demonstrated great mastery. If he had to restart the race at the end of the 58th lap after the incident involving Carlos Sainz and Alex Albon, the championship leader never trembled. Passed by a Lando Norris in full swing at the start of the race, this time he managed to push him back quickly to take the checkerboard with almost 4 seconds in advance. In their wake, it was George Russell who slipped onto the podium, the first for Mercedes this year. The Englishman, fighting against his teammate Lewis Hamilton, ended up gaining the upper hand on this one to secure 3rd position in the penultimate loop. Oscar piastri completed the Top 5.

Black Sunday for Ferrari, double finish in the points for Alpine

  • For Ferrari, the misfortunes of elimination in Q2 the day before continued this Sunday. Victim of an engine problem, Charles Leclerc couldn't hope for anything. Powerless against his rivals, to whom he was losing around 20 km/h in a straight line, the Monegasque tried everything, even restarting his car and passing the slicks before everyone else, but he finally decided to abandonment shortly after halfway. For his part, Carlos Sainz also appeared in difficulty and his Grand Prix ended in the same way: in the garage after being hit by Alex Albon. Having spun in the first sector, the Spaniard returned to the track and his counterpart from Williams couldn't avoid it. A strike that put both men on the mat. For the Team, this is the first double retirement since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2022.

  • On the side ofAlpine, it is a happy event since the two drivers arrived in the points for the first time in 2024. Starting 18th, Esteban Ocon opted for an aggressive strategy with 42 laps on intermediate tires. A choice which allowed him to gradually move up the rankings. Overtaken by his teammate in the final moments, he won the last point at stake while Pierre Gasly finished 9th. Arriving in Montreal with two units, the French team now has 5. A very nice result at the end of a weekend where it did not necessarily expect to appear in the Top 10. At least, not in this way -there.
  • In the championship, Max Verstappen takes some air with 194 points and now pushes back Charles Leclerc to 56 lengths. Lando Norris, 3rd, came back 7 points behind the Monegasque.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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