Max Verstappen emerges victorious in thrilling Canadian Grand Prix battle

McLaren and Mercedes ran Red Bull close at Canada but Max Verstappen sealed a lights-to-flag victory once again. His 60th win!
Max Verstappen emerges victorious in thrilling Canadian Grand Prix battle
Chris Graythen

George Russell took a sensational pole position in Montreal from Verstappen even though the Dutchman registered an exact lap time of 1:12:000 in the final seconds of Qualifying! This is only the second time in the history of the sport when identical times were set. On race day when Lando Norris overtook Verstappen on Lap 20 it looked more convincing that Red Bull’s performance advantage seemed to have disappeared. But a reverse of fortune with the Safety Car saw Verstappen benefit from a properly timed ‘free’ pit stop, unlike in Miami where he lost out to Norris.

It was a chaotic Canadian Grand Prix with mixed conditions and neutralised race periods that saw both McLaren and Mercedes drivers trying hard to keep up with the relentless pace Verstappen kept setting. Recent winners Ferrari shockingly recorded a double retirement with Charles Leclerc experiencing power unit issues and Carlos Sainz retiring due to a collision with Williams’ Alex Albon.

Just when the 2024 F1 season began to shape-up a four-way fight for the championship, the Bulls seemed out of reach again. Leclerc reduced the points gap to Verstappen after his Monaco win to just 31 but now with a poor show or rather a no show at Montreal that gap has widened to 56!It’s not unsurmountable, but it takes a Matador to fight the Bulls!

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Who’s willing to be just that? Which team will rally around the bullfighters to offer a consistent challenge to the charging Toros?

Ferrari and McLaren seemed to be getting it right but their focus is lacking. Mercedes seem to have finally cracked the now two-and-a-half-season-old regulations. With eye-popping form throughout the weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Mercedes might just spring a surprise in Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya up next.

Lewis Hamilton was fastest on race day and George Russell claimed the final podium spot. If they build on that performance they could possibly stage a grand Spanish bullfight.

But Max Verstappen needn’t worry. The last time the silver arrows had an intense intra-team rivalry and were mighty competitive in Spain they took each other out of the race and gave Verstappen his maiden Formula One victory!

Whether it's Mercedes or McLaren or Ferrari that get their act together again, one thing is for sure, the bullfights in town this weekend!

Round 10 | Barcelona | Sunday, 23rd June 18:30 | LIVE on F1TV & FanCode App

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