VIDEO. F1: Max Verstappen regains victory in Canada after a Grand Prix driven by rain

VIDEO. F1: Max Verstappen regains victory in Canada after a Grand Prix driven by rain

La joie du Néerlandais après la course. MAXPPP – SHAWN THEW

Le Néerlandais Max Verstappen (Red Bull) a remporté le Grand Prix du Canada de Formule 1, 9e manche sur 24 de la saison, à l'issue d'une course très animée – notamment en raison de la pluie –  dimanche 9 juin sur le circuit Gilles-Villeneuve de Montréal.

The three-time reigning world champion, who started from second row, beat three Britons, the McLaren of Lando Norris and the Mercedes of George Russell, who started in pole position, and Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen, who won the 60th Grand Prix victory of his career, the sixth in nine races this season, took shown to be strong and opportunistic in very changing conditions. He was neither trapped by the rain nor by the two safety car exits after accidents.

"It's been a bit of a crazy ride, a lot of things happened. We had a great race, the team worked very well. We came into the pits when we needed to and the safety car came out at the right time for us. I had a lot of fun. We still have a lot of room for improvement but the most important thing is to have won, declared the Dutchman after his third consecutive victory in Quebec.

Hamilton takes the podium

Behind the Dutchman, McLaren and Mercedes fought a superb battle and Norris, a time leader but who this time was unlucky when the safety car was deployed, unlike last month during his success at Miami snatched second place and a fifth podium in 2024. The Silver Arrows were also very successful even if Russell failed to convert his pole position into victory.

After a great fight with Hamilton, however, he managed to take third place and thus get on his first podium this year. Oscar Piastri (McLaren), long in the fight for the podium, finally finished fifth, ahead of the two Aston Martins of Spanish veteran Fernando Alonso and Canadian Lance Stroll, who obtained his best result in front of his home crowd (7th).< /p>

Leclerc abandons…

Two weeks after Charles Leclerc's victory in Monaco, Ferrari, on the other hand, experienced a nightmare race with two retirements, the day after failed qualifying.

Victim of an engine problem, the Monegasque threw in the towel on the 43rd of 70 laps while the Spaniard Carlos Sainz made a mistake on the 54th lap going into a spin before being hit by the Thai Alex Albon (Williams).

… the Alpines in the points

On the French side, Alpine made an incredible comeback and placed its two cars in the points for the first time this season. However, this outcome seemed very improbable at the start of the race with Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon relegated to 15th and 18th respectively.

But once is not customary, the strategies of the French team proved to be profitable, allowing Gasly, although hit by the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) little after the start, to finish 9th, just ahead of his teammate.

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