Red Bull has secured a sixth straight win after Max Verstappen defeated Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in a thrilling end to the Canadian Grand Prix.
Yuki Tsunoda spun out and crashed on lap 49 in a twist that appeared to favor Sainz as he pitted for fresher tyres.
Sainz continued to get closer to Verstappen and there was only half a car length between him and his Red Bull rival with 10 laps to go, but he was unable to unleash DRS.
That length remained intact for the rest of the race, even as Sainz threatened to make a late move, with Verstappen holding him back from finishing on top.
“You went through all the pressure, it was a brilliant, brilliant ride,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner said on team radio.
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Verstappen admitted that the safety car “didn’t help” after the race and praised Sainz for pushing him to the end.
“In general they have [Ferrari] were very fast in the race, so it would have been very difficult for me to close that gap at the end, even on fresher tires,” he said.
“But it was really exciting at the end – I gave everything I had and of course Carlos did the same. I could see him pushing and charging, but when you’re on the DRS it’s a lot easier to charge. The last few laps were a lot of fun.
“Luckily we seem very fast on the straights this year, so that helps a lot.”
Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton’s stunning turnaround continued as he finished third after labeling his car ‘undrivable’ last week.
“It’s pretty overwhelming to get this third place – it’s been such a battle with the car this year, but we’re staying vigilant, focused and never giving up, and that’s something I’m proud of,” said Hamilton after the race. race.
“We’re getting closer, so we have to keep pushing and keep pushing, and hopefully eventually we’ll be in the fight with these guys.”
In a further boost to Verstappen’s world title chances, challenger Sergio Perez received a blow on Monday morning [AEST] when the Mexican’s Red Bull broke down in the early laps.
Perez recently hit a purple spot and won in Monaco to finish second behind world champion teammate Verstappen.
Red Bull team principal Horner reported: “He’s lost drive – we think it’s a gearbox problem.
“Disappointing for Checo, he was quick today. We just have to do our best with Max.”
Verstappen led Perez 21 points ahead of this ninth round of the 22-race championship.
Mick Schumacher joined Perez and made an early return to the pits when his Haas suffered mechanical problems, a poor reward for the German’s best ever starting position in sixth.
Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris finished 11th and 15th respectively for McLaren in a bitterly disappointing race.
Norris had already had problems with the power unit, but also ran into problems after a less than ideal pit stop earlier in the race, where the McLaren team had to pit much longer than expected.
Elsewhere, despite starting the race 19th after an engine change and suffering a disastrous pit stop, Charles Leclerc was able to finish fifth.
CANADIAN GP RESULTS + TIMES
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull — 1:36:21.757
2) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari — 0.993s
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes – 7.006s
4) George Russell, Mercedes – 12,313s
5) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari — 15,168s
6) Esteban Ocon, Alpine — 23,890s
7) Fernando Alonso, Alpine — 24,945s
8) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo — 25,247s
9) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo — 26,952s
10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – 38,222s
11) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren – 43,047s
12) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin – 44,245s
13) Alex Albon, Williams — 44,893s
14) Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri — 45,183s
15) Lando Norris, McLaren – 52,145s
16) Nicholas Latifi, Williams — 59,978s
17) Kevin Magnussen, Haas – 68,180s
R) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri — 22 LAPS
R) Mick Schumacher, Haas — 51 LAPS
R) Sergio Perez, Red Bull — 62 LAPS
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EARLIER: WOLFF BLOWS UP ABOUT BROWN DRAMA
It comes after Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff spoke out to rival bosses about their approach to porpoises.
With his drivers more troubled by bumpy rides than others, Wolff has led the call for change, with the FIA finally stepping in with some minor rule changes to mitigate the impact this weekend.
Wolff is alleged to have suggested that the other teams were trying to gain a competitive advantage by not changing the rules.
“This is a sport where you’re trying to maintain or gain a competitive advantage,” he said† “But this situation has clearly gone too far.
“All the drivers, at least one in each team, have said they were in pain after Baku, had trouble keeping the car on track or had blurred vision.
“Team leaders trying to manipulate what is said to maintain competitive advantage and playing political games when the FIA tries to come up with a quick fix, to at least put the cars in a better position, is unfair. And that’s what I said.
“I’m not just talking about the Mercedes: all the cars have suffered somehow in Baku, and still do here. The cars are too stiff. The cars bounce or whatever you want to call it.
“We have long-term effects that we can’t even assess. But at any time this is a security risk, and then coming up with little manipulations in the background, or Chinese whispers, or notifying the drivers, is just pathetic.”
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