Formula 1, Verstappen wins at the Canadian GP. The two Ferraris were withdrawn


By John

Max Verstappen wins the Canadian Grand Prix and achieves his sixth success of the season out of nine races held. The Dutchman from Red Bull redeems his sixth place in Monaco and extends his lead in the general classification, given the retirement of Charles Leclerc after the problems that plagued his Ferrari from the first laps. Second place for Lando Norris with McLaren, leader of the race for a few laps and forced to pay in particular for the choice not to return under the first Safety Car regime. On the lowest step of the podium George Russell with the Mercedes, followed by his teammate Lewis Hamilton and from Oscar Piastri with the other McLaren.
Ferrari's nightmare weekend is also completed by the withdrawal of Carlos Sainz, ended up spinning after a mistake and unfortunately hit by Alexander Albon.

On the initially very wet track in Montreal, the start went smoothly for almost all the drivers, but Haas's crazy idea of ​​fitting 'full wet' tires compared to the intermediates of the other teams paid off big time and the Magnussen-Hulkenberg pair (14 and 18 on the grid) actually found themselves in fourth and eighth place in a handful of laps. As the minutes pass, however, the sun comes out and the track dries quickly, Haas is forced to change strategy but messes up at the pit stop with the Dane (mechanics not ready) and delays the German's stop too long, causing them to slip incredibly again in the rear. Meanwhile in front Verstappen tries to put pressure on Russell but makes a small mistake and, in addition to losing a couple of seconds from his rival, he also sees Norris approaching.

The Englishman's McLaren is the one with the most pace and in the blink of an eye takes command of the race, overtaking first Verstappen and then Russell, with the Dutchman taking advantage of a long run from the Mercedes to regain second place. In the middle of the group, however, the two Ferraris were struggling a lot: Leclerc was forced to make up for problems after just a few laps (probably with the engine), Sainz without pace practically from the start. During the 25th lap, an accident by Sargeant forces the entry of the Safety Car and here comes the real twist of the whole race: Norris, in the lead at that moment, is the only one of those in front who does not return to the pits for the stop, while his pursuers all stop.

The Englishman then lost time behind the Safety Car and the pit stop on the following lap cost him two positions, allowing Verstappen to become leader followed by Russell. Meanwhile, Leclerc, now out of the race, tries the senseless gamble of slick tires which obviously don't keep his Ferrari on the track and make him slip to last position (he retires on lap 43). The clouds and rain disappear again, the track starts to dry again and this time everyone needs to fit smooth tyres: Norris tries again, staying out a couple of laps more than his rivals, but Verstappen manages to keep the lead and forces English to tag along.

On lap 54 another Safety Car due to an accident between Albon and Sainz which leads to Ferrari's second retirement: at the restart Verstappen runs away and leaves Norris at a safe distance, while the two Mercedes of Hamilton and Russell overtake Piastri, with the Englishman born in '98 who then overtakes his multiple champion teammate to take third position.