Canadian GP: Max Verstappen overcomes wet race chaos to beat repentant Lando Norris and George Russell to win | F1 News

Max Verstappen won a chaotic and gripping Canadian Grand Prix as Lando Norris and George Russell reflected on what might have been after a high-drama race amid intermittent rain in Montreal.

In an unpredictable 70-lap race that included four lead changes and two Safety Car periods caused by crashes, Verstappen returned to winning ways a fortnight after Red Bull’s miserable Monaco to claim his sixth victory of the season and reestablish a more comfortable world. championship lead, 56 points.

McLaren’s Norris led the race twice, the first time after passing Verstappen and Russell, but had to settle for second place after the cards did not fall in his favor, particularly under the first Safety Car.

Pole-sitter Russell finished third for Mercedes and looked especially dejected after a very difficult race in which he made several mistakes and collided with McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.

Russell dropped to fourth after that latest incident following the race’s second Safety Car period, and was then overtaken by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who cleanly passed Piastri shortly after and moved onto the final podium spot. .

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Watch Max Verstappen take victory at Canadian Grand Prix as Mercedes battle on final lap

But Russell recovered late and passed Hamilton again on the penultimate lap to ensure he remained the driver to seal Mercedes’ first Grand Prix podium of 2024 at the ninth round of the season.

Fourth place still represented Hamilton’s best Sunday result so far this year, although the seven-time Monaco winner, who qualified six places behind Russell in seventh, described it as “one of the worst races I’ve ever done.” I have run”.

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The mistakes that cost George Russell victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, including contact with Oscar Piastri

Overtaken by the two Mercedes, which had been the only leading cars to pit for a second set of dry tyres, Oscar Piastri finished fifth in the second McLaren.

Aston Martin took sixth and seventh place with Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll, the local driver from Canada, respectively.

In a tense fight for the final points positions that lasted the entire race, Daniel Ricciardo overcame a five-second penalty to move ahead to fight back and cap the best weekend of his disappointing season so far in eighth place. Alpine also scored crucial points with Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon ninth and tenth.

However, Ferrari endured a total nightmare as their hopes of building momentum from their victory in Monaco were dashed by the retirements of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who triggered a second safety car by spinning and catching Alex Albon de Williams.

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Lando Norris overtakes George Russell and Max Verstappen to claim lead at Canadian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez’s miserable weekend also ended in retirement after the Mexican, who had retired in Q1 on Saturday, crashed and broke the rear wing of his Red Bull into the barriers.

Canadian GP result: Top 10

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull

2) Lando Norris, McLaren

3) George Russell, Mercedes

4) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

5) Oscar Piastri, McLaren

6) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin

7) Lance Ride, Aston Martin

8) Daniel Ricciardo, RB

9) Pierre Gasly, alpine

10) Esteban Ocón, Alpino

More to continue…

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