Despite the abandonment of Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez in the early laps Montréal, Red Bull Racing took first place in the Canadian GPthis thanks to Max Verstappen who withstood the siege of Carlos Sainz Jr. in the last laps.
The Dutchman celebrated on the circuit Gilles Villeneuve his sixth win of the season, one that he has led with pleasure since the start although he has not been without some scares, one of them this weekend.
Although he won pole on Saturday in qualifying, Verstappen faced perhaps the best version of Sainz jr.who took second place, just behind the pilot of Red Bulland waited for the best moment to attack.
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This one came in the last 10 laps, the Spaniard clinging to the wheel and putting as much pressure as he could on the current leader of the drivers’ championship. After a fairly calm race, the last stage was the worst for Verstappen who went through very difficult times.
But the Dutchman’s experience was key: “You withstood the pressure, a brilliant drive”said the head of Red Bull Christian Hornerthrough the radio with which the team communicated with the pilot.
Unfortunately for sainz and luckily for Red Bullthe advantage gained by Verstappen played an important role and this allowed them to climb to the top of the podium for the sixth time this season, seventh if the podium of ‘Czech’ in Monaco.
But the rider from Madrid did not leave with a bad taste in his mouth, as he secured second place in Montréal at the end of the 70 laps of the circuit almost a second after the Dutchman, which assured him the 19 points corresponding to second place.
Lewis Hamilton, For his part, he returned to the podium and obtained his second third place of the season. It should be noted that in 2019, the last time the Canadian GPthe British was the pilot who was crowned.
For the first time in recent competitions, ‘Czech’ Perez He was left without the opportunity to fight for the podium, this after his RB18 suffered from some engine failure and prevented him from finishing the race.
Thus, the Mexican will not score points on this occasion and it became the fourth breakdown suffered Red Bull in the 2022 season of the Formula 1.