Max Verstappen triumphs in thrilling Canadian Grand Prix, Russell misses out on victory

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Max Verstappen

10th June 2024 – (Montreal) Red Bull’s Max Verstappen reclaimed his winning form on Sunday with a sensational victory in the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, which took place under changeable weather conditions. The race began on a wet track due to rain prior to the start, leading most drivers to opt for Intermediate tires. Mercedes’ George Russell, starting from pole position, held the lead for the first 21 laps before being overtaken by McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Norris showcased exceptional tire management, building a 10-second lead by lap 25. However, a poorly-timed Safety Car deployment to clear Logan Sargeant’s Williams caused Norris to drop to third, behind Verstappen and Russell. As the track dried, Verstappen and Russell pitted together for dry tires on lap 45. Norris, still maintaining good pace on his worn Intermediate tires, stayed out for two additional laps before making his pit stop.

Emerging side by side at the pit exit, Verstappen’s superior grip allowed him to regain the lead at Turn 2, with Russell overtaking Norris for second place. Despite Russell’s initial challenge, an error at Turn 9 pushed him back to third, behind Norris. Verstappen skillfully managed the subsequent restart, fending off intense battles behind him and securing his sixth victory of the season.

Verstappen’s win extends his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 194 points, followed by Charles Leclerc with 138 points and Norris closing in with 131. In the Constructors’ standings, Red Bull now leads with 301 points, followed by Ferrari with 252 and McLaren with 212. The next race on the calendar is the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23rd June.