Verstappen increases his World Championship lead – Bottas and Cho score points
Max Verstappen remains the barometer of all things Formula 1. At the Montreal Grand Prix, the 24-year-old Red Bull driver won an exciting battle ahead of Carlos Sainz at Ferrari. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas and strongman Guanyu Zhou scored another six points in the constructors’ championship for Alfa Sauber.
It’s an almost bizarre display of the power Red Bull is currently showing in Formula 1. Thanks to another comfortable win for Max Verstappen at the Canadian Grand Prix, Red Bull has expanded its streak to six victories. 24-year-old Verstappen currently has 175 points – 46 more than teammate Sergio Perez in second, who had to retire from today’s race due to a technical flaw.
Re-launch of safety car racing
The Montreal Grand Prix promised a lot of excitement again this year, especially after the qualifiers, where outside players such as Fernando Alonso and Mick Schumacher managed to shine. But then Max Verstappen at Red Bull and Carlos Sainz at Ferrari fought an exciting battle for victory in Montreal. During the race, Sainz and Verstappen took turns in the lead at Red Bull for a long time.
After the race had already seemed decided, the race was restarted after Yuki Tsunoda crashed on lap 51 because the safety car had to be deployed. Carlos Sainz approached Verstappen again and challenged him to the end – with a better ending for the Dutch player. “The Ferrari was fast, and that was really exciting at the end, it was really fun,” Verstappen said after the race. Carlos Sainz was second, not even a second separated him from the world champion. “I tried everything, I got close too, but it would have taken more time to get through,” said the Spaniard.
The story leading up to the race was written by two-time world champion Fernando Alonso. In the lead up to the Montreal Grand Prix, the 40-year-old Spaniard was more excited than ever. A completely surprising second place after Saturday’s qualifiers – the Spaniard’s best result in ten years. But after the race, confidence gave way to disappointment – Fernando Alonso found himself seventh at the end of the race. After the start, Alonso initially managed to stay behind Max Verstappen. But the longer the race goes, the more Alonso will lose the top spots.
Hamilton stunned by third place
Briton Lewis Hamilton showed a great performance in a Mercedes. A week ago, the Briton complained of severe back pain and was more than unhappy with his car’s performance in Friday’s training in Montreal. In the race he reached the podium for the second time this season. Behind him was teammate George Russell, who showed a race for dominance.
Charles Leclerc also showed a good performance at Ferrari. After starting the race from 19th place, Monaco worked its way up to 5th place, achieving a strong Ferrari performance. Leclerc stayed on his first set of tires for quite a while and made his way up steadily from No. 19 on the grid. In the fight for fifth place against Alonso’s alpine teammate Esteban Ocon, however, he couldn’t get past it.
Alfa Sauber with a good team effort
The two Alfa-Sauber drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou, showed good performance. Bottas finished the race in eighth place thus taking the world championship points from 41 to 44. The race also went well for China’s Zhou, who scored points again for the first time after the start of the world championship in Bahrain and now has three world points. Tournament points reached.
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