Verstappen bounces back to claim Canadian GP

By Michael Madyira

Max Verstappen shook off the problems the Red Bull team suffered at Monaco to win the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Sunday.

In a race disrupted by changing weather that left teams wondering about wet and dry tyre choices, with the car needing to be redeployed and restarted on multiple occasions, Verstappen managed to claim victory in the Canadian Grand Prix for the third time in a row, beating McLaren’s Lando Norris in a thrilling finish.

George Russel of Mercedes settled for the third spot in what was his first podium finish of the year.

The turning point came after a restart following a safety car period with 11 laps to go when Verstappen broke away to take charge of proceedings until the end.

“These kinds of races are a lot of fun as you don’t know what is going to be thrown at you and I enjoyed racing today,” said Verstappen after the race.

“With the weather so bad it was so easy to make a mistake. We had to be really focused as one tiny move off the racing line could result in us going into the wall.”

The Dutchman gave credit to his Red Bull team for making the correct decisions on this tricky circuit.

“The team made all the right calls at the right time and remained really calm,” he said.

He said that in these conditions Red Bull have typically always done well, which gave him confidence.

“We also got quite lucky with the safety car. Sometimes it can work for you and sometimes against you, but that is racing,” he said. 

“Once we were on the slick tyres at the end, the car had a pretty decent pace.”

Earlier on in this epic race Norris took the lead twice but struggled to protect his advantage due to the changing wet and dry conditions.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished fourth behind his teammate Russel while Oscar Piastri of McLaren came fifth.

Pictured above: Max Verstappen after winning the Canadian Grand Prix.

Source: Formula 1


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