The Dutch Max Verstappen wins the Canadian GPninth round of the Formula 1 world championship and consolidates its position as leader of the world rankings, bringing the advantage to +46 on Sergio Perez and 49 on Charles Leclercbut Ferrari can smile because it has regained reliability and two competitive cars. Carlos Sainz he sits in second place fighting until the last lap with the Dutchman, Leclerc, who started from the back and was the author of a great comeback, finishing fifth.
If the GP had lasted a few more laps, it would have also climbed at least one other position. Smiles are back from Canada and the Monegasque’s choice of engine replacement probably proved to be right because now he can count on fresh power units unlike the Red Bulls. He also smiles a Lewis Hamilton who finds the scent of the podium and closes in third place in the standings. Fourth Russell. Then Leclerc.
Sling start of Verstappen, Alonso and Sainz behind
Leclerc begins his comeback. He passes Gasly and is 17th, then climbs to 15th place as Verstappen makes fast laps after fast laps. On the ninth lap Red Bull twist. Engine problems for Perez who stops. Enter the Virtual Safety Car. Verstappen in the pits, Sainz continues and is the leader of the GP. Verstappen returns, passes Alonso and takes second place while Leclerc continues his comeback and is twelfth. The lap of the pit stops begins and in the middle of the race the first positions read: Verstappen, Sainz, Hamilton, Russell, Ocon, Leclerc, Alonso, Bottas.
On lap 42 Leclerc called to the pits, a little along the Ferrari pit stop that brought the Ferrari driver back in twelfth. The next lap Verstappen pit stop who returns third and Sainz is first. On lap 49 Alphatauri on the wall, out Tsunoda and Virtual safety car. Ferrari calls Sainz to the pits, white rubber. Verstappen in command of the GP. Thanks to the pit stop waltz, Charles Leclerc recovers another position and is seventh behind the two Alpines of Ocon and Alonso. Verstappen risks a bit at the restart, Sainz close while Leclerc attacks and overtakes first Alonso, then Ocon for fifth place. Verstappen in command, Sainz is glued to Red Bull and sets the fastest lap: 1: 15.749.
With only five laps to go, Leclerc moves within two seconds of Russell who occupies the fourth position. Two laps at the end, Sainz who is studying the possible overtaking point but with Verstappen closing all the doors. Slight long of Sainz who misses the beat. He extends the Dutchman to 8 tenths of a second to win the GP ahead of Sainz and Hamilton.
Ferrari is reliable again: “The world championship is still there”
Ferrari does not give up. Sainz tried them all to undermine Verstappen’s first place in the Canadian GP, but he didn’t succeed. «I pushed to the maximum – commented the Ferrari driver – I didn’t even leave an inch under braking or near the barriers, I tried them all but we didn’t have enough speed to overtake, we lacked that little bit more. We are very happy with the race pace and for putting pressure on Max. The timing at the pit stop was also right. We will continue to try ».
Not even Leclerc, author of a ride that led him from last to fifth place, does not give up: “In the end it was fun, at the beginning frustrating – he says – I stayed in the DRS train, halfway through the race I had Ocon who had fresh tires and I struggled with traction. There was also a problem at the pit stop which cost a lot, I got back into traffic. Considering what happened, fifth place is the best possible result. But I can’t be happy with 5th place. I managed to stay calm, it was a contest of patience. In part it paid off. In a race where I started 19th I couldn’t have hoped for better. We leave again at Silverstone, where we will return to aim for victory. The World Cup is still there, there are 49 points: two victories and it’s done. Seriously, we need to focus on ourselves. If we push hard we have the potential to get back to the front. I can’t judge what happens at Red Bull, but everyone has reliability problems. There is also the Mercedes that is returning ».
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