Max Verstappen put Red Bull on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, with Alpine's Fernando Alonso jumping onto the front row alongside the Formula One championship leader. (Jim Watson/Pool Photo via AP)

Max Verstappen he won Canadian Grand Prix from end to end. The Dutchman, who had started from pole position aboard his Redbull, He won the ninth race of the year and took an even bigger gap from his pursuers in the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship.

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) fought throughout the race and finally took second place. The podium was completed by the British Lewis Hamilton on a good weekend for the team Mercedes.

Fourth was the British George Russell (Mercedes), one of the most regular drivers of the season.

The Mexican Sergio “Checo” Perez, who is second in the season, had to leave on lap number eight due to an engine problem in his Red Bull. The Monegasque charles leclerc de Ferrari, who had started from the back of the field due to a penalty, had a good race and finished fifth.

Verstappen thus affirms himself as the great candidate to defend the title he won last season, with six wins in nine races in the season.

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve of Canada is located in the city of Montreal and has a route of 4,361 kilometers. The race took place over 70 laps.

Saturday’s standings

Verstappen set the fastest time in a wet qualifying run on Saturday. Fernando Alonso Alpine, meanwhile, gave the surprise by being in the front row with the leader of the Formula One championship.

Carlos Sainz for Ferrari was third quickest on a drying track and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton fourth for Mercedes, in a weekend dominated by talk of car rebound.

Verstappen’s qualifying time of one minute 21.299 seconds was 0.645 seconds quicker than Alonso’s best.

The race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the first in Canada since 2019 and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking place in sunny and dry conditions.

Max Verstappen put Red Bull on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso jumping onto the front row alongside the Formula One championship leader. (Jim Watson/Pool Photo via AP)

Verstappen has won four of the last five races and leads team-mate Sergio Perez by 21 points, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a further 13 behind.

Double world champion Alonso, the oldest man on the grid at 40, had been quickest in the day’s final practice and said with a smile that he planned to attack Verstappen at the first corner.

Leclerc, on pole in the last four races, started from the back of the grid after receiving engine penalties.

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