Verstappen as boss, Norris poorly paid

Verstappen as boss, Norris poorly paid

Max Verstappen won for the sixth time of the year at the Canadian Grand Prix this Sunday ahead of an unlucky Lando Norris. The pole sitter, George Russell completed the podium while the French from Alpine both got into the points.

For the second time in his career, George Russell (Mercedes) started from pole position at the start of a Formula 1 Grand Prix. As in Hungary in 2022, the Briton did not, however, win the race this Sunday at Montreal, for the benefit of Max Verstappen (Red Bull). In pouring rain, George Russell set his pace in the lead for 22 laps. Then he dropped to third place. The fault first of Lando Norris (McLaren). Not satisfied with having caught and overtaken Max Verstappen, the 24-year-old Briton then attacked his compatriot to take the leadership away from him. In the process, George Russell missed a turn, opening a royal path for Max Verstappen who obviously rushed into it to go second. This hierarchy was shortly later turned upside down once again.

The exit of the road by Logan Sargeant (Williams) led to the appearance of the yellow flag. A racing event requiring all competitors to go to the pits. With the exception of Lando Norris who therefore made his save at the wrong time. He came out in third place. Winner of the first grand prix of his career in Miami last month thanks to a combination of favorable circumstances, this Sunday it turned out to his disadvantage. However, this scenario did not prevent him from overtaking George Russell a second time on the 51st lap when the rain stopped making the drivers’ task difficult. Despite changes on the third step of the podium, at the finish this leading trio remained identical.
Max Verstappen won for the sixth time in nine races. His third in a row on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.

Gasly and Ocon score points simultaneously for Alpine

Behind the first three in class we find Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) just ahead of Oscar Piastri (McLaren). On the other hand, no trace of the bad students who failed the day before in qualifications. Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), all retired despite never being able to reach the top 10 in the race. Charles Leclerc, who has accustomed us to being in the top 4 this season, had to decide to throw in the towel on lap 43. On the other hand, the good surprise came from the two Alpines. Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon finished the race in the points together for the first time this year, respectively in 9th and 10th places. Also worth noting is the fine 6th place of former world champion Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin). In the World Championship standings, Max Verstappen (194 points) is now 56 points ahead of Charles Leclerc who himself has seven points better than Lando Norris. In two weeks, Formula 1 will stop in Spain where the tenth grand prix of the season will take place.

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