Max Verstappen wins Canadian Grand Prix in thrilling finish

MONTREAL — Red Bull’s Max Verstappen narrowly claimed his sixth victory of the Formula 1 season after withstanding stress from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in the closing levels of the Canadian Grand Prix.

The reigning world champ, 24, crossed the checkered flag lower than one second forward of the Spaniard, 27, extending his championship result in 175 factors.

“I knew I couldn’t make a mistake, but it was good racing,” Verstappen mentioned of battling Sainz, his former teammate.

“It was more difficult than I expected.”

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who has endured a tough begin to his 2022 marketing campaign, rounded out the rostrum positions throughout Sunday afternoon’s race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“It’s quite overwhelming, honestly, to get this third place,” Hamilton informed reporters in Montreal.

“It’s been such a battle this year with the car and as a team. But we continue to stay vigilant and focused and never giving up.”

The seven-time world champion, 37, admitted he “just wants to be in the battle” with Red Bull and Ferrari.

“The dream is [keeping up] in that battle with them … we will get there eventually,” he mentioned.

“We did a lot of work back in the simulator but also here to get the set-up right. Honestly, I’m ecstatic. As I said, I didn’t expect this coming into the weekend.”

The race, which marked Montreal’s first Grand Prix in three years, was attended by celebs like “Riverdale” actor Casey Cott, and “dude with sign” social media star, Seth Phillips.

Hamilton’s teammate George Russell completed fourth, whereas championship contender Charles Leclerc recovered to fifth for Ferrari, after beginning nineteenth as a result of an influence unit penalty.

Lewis Hamilton, left, and Carlos Sainz celebrate on the podium.
Lewis Hamilton, left, and Carlos Sainz rejoice on the rostrum.

Alpine scored a double factors finish with Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso putting sixth and seventh respectively.

Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu adopted in eighth and ninth, whereas hometown hero Lance Stroll rounded out the factors positions in tenth for Aston Martin.

It was a heartbreaking day for Haas driver Mick Schumacher, who was pressured to retire as a result of engine issues, after qualifying in a career greatest sixth position.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who’s at the moment second in the motive force championship standings, additionally retired from the race with mechanical issues.

Formula 1 returns for the British Grand Prix on July 3.

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