GP Canada 2022: Winner Verstappen after a battle with Sainz

Max Verstappen won another victory this season, beating Carlos Sainz at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in a match that did not offer much in terms of spectacle.

The Spanish Ferrari driver pushed the league leader for about 16 laps, but could not get close to such a point as to try to overtake him. Lewis Hamilton climbed to the third step of the podium for the second time in 2022, after a big and quiet race.


This was Verstappen’s fifth victory in the last six races, with the Dutchman leading the race and showing that he would win a comfortable victory over Sainz on the Canadian track. However, in lap 49, Yuki Tsunoda had an exit in the 2nd lap, immediately after exiting the pits, and with his car tires not at the right temperature, he crashed. This took out the safety car, which sat on the track for 6 laps, so that it could be cleaned.

In the last 16 laps Verstappen defended the attacks of Sainz, who had 6 laps fresher tires and so the Red Bull driver got his sixth victory this season and the 26th overall in his career. Sainz took the podium for the fifth time this year, with the Spaniard not yet the first to see the checkered flag.


Hamilton was scathing and critical in his assessment of the W13 on Friday, but the performance of the German company’s car today was good and helped the 7-time world champion get a grand podium, his first since the opening race in Bahrain. Likewise, Russell had a very strong race and finishing in 4th place continued his streak this year, with the young Briton having scored and finished in the top 5 in all races as a Mercedes driver.


Charles Leclerc was able to recover and take the 5th place points, having started 19th after a series of changes of power unit elements, with the result that Monegasque was -perhaps- better if it had not stuck behind the DRS trains and Ocon for many rounds.


Despite starting from second place, after yesterday’s impressive standings, Fernando Alonso finished in a relatively disappointing 7th place, behind his teammate in the Alpine team, Esteban Ocon. The two Alfa Romeos followed, with Valtteri Bottas finishing 8th, ahead of Zhou Guanyu, with the Chinese driver scoring for the second time in his short F1 career. Lance Stroll completed the top 10 for Aston Martin.

5Guide of the day

Charles Leclerc started the race from the penultimate position but managed to finish in 5th place. This performance earned him the title of driver of the day.


Monegasque garnered 21.6% of the public vote, followed by Lewis Hamilton with 11.9%, Carlos Sainz (10.6%), Max Verstappen (10.2%) and Fernando Alonso ( 6%).

7Faster lap


Carlos Sainz scored the fastest lap of the race in the 63rd lap, winning the extra point. The Ferrari driver stopped the timers at 1: 15.749, to be followed by Max Verstappen with 1: 15.839, Charles Leclerc with 1: 15.901, Lewis Hamilton with 1: 16.167 and George Russell with 1: 16.418.

9Next match

The next Grand Prix is ​​scheduled in two weeks from today, the three-day July 1-3 at the Silverstone track in England.


Position Guide Club Time / Difference
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:36:21.757
2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.993 sec.
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +7,006 sec.
4 George Russell Mercedes +12,313 sec.
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +15,168 sec.
6 Stephen Ocon Alpine Renault +23,890 sec.
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault +24,945 sec.
8 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari +25,247 sec.
9 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari +26,952 sec.
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes +38,222 sec.
11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes +43,047 sec.
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes +44,245 sec.
13 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes +44,893 sec.
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +45,183 sec.
15 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes +52,145 sec.
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes +59,978 sec.
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari +68,180 sec.
NC Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri He left
NC Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari He left
NC Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing He left

11Driver Rating

Position Guide Club Degrees
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 175
2 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing 129
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 126
4 George Russell Mercedes 111
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 102
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 77
7 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 50
8 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 44
9 Stephen Ocon Alpine Renault 39
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 22
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 16
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 15
13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 15
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 13
15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 11
16 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 3
17 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes 3
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 3
19 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 0
20 Nico Hulkenberg Aston Martin Mercedes 0
21 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 0

12Manufacturers Rating

Position Club Degrees
1 Red Bull Racing 304
2 Ferrari 228
3 Mercedes 188
4 McLaren Mercedes 65
5 Alpine Renault 61
6 Alfa Romeo Ferrari 47
7 AlphaTauri 27
8 Aston Martin Mercedes 16
9 Haas Ferrari 15
10 Williams Mercedes 3

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