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MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 18: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W14 and the rest of the field at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 18, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

F1 Canadian GP: Results

Find out what happened in the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

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Max Verstappen took his fourth consecutive win of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Verstappen celebrates the race win in Montreal (Image Credit: Dan Istitene – Getty Images)
Race start

Polesitter Max Verstappen had a characteristically good start, keeping a solid hold of the race lead into Turn 1. Behind him, Lewis Hamilton also had a good start and overtook second-placed Fernando Alonso right away. Alonso fell back a spot and into the clutches of the other Mercedes, George Russell. Russell stayed in fourth at the start but kept close to Alonso in third.

Further down in the field other drivers were also looking to make headway. The Ferrari of Carlos Sainz and the Red Bull of Sergio Perez fought for 11th, both starting outside the top ten after troubles in qualifying. Their scrap for position ended with Sainz keeping his position while Kevin Magnussen behind them went off the track and dropped down the order.

All 20 drivers avoided major contact on the first few laps. The first drama came on Lap 8 when Logan Sargeant pulled off to the side of the track in his Williams after a radio message from the team. He retired with a mechanical issue and after a brief Virtual Safety Car the race was back on.

Trouble for Mercedes

As the race got back underway a DRS train started to form, starting with Nico Hulkenberg in seventh and going all the way down to Nyck de Vries in 16th.

Things seemed to be settling down when Russell hit the wall and sustained serious damage to his car. He dropped down the order as he limped to the pits and the Safety Car came out.

The top three, Verstappen, Hamilton, and Alonso, headed into the pits to switch from the medium tyres to the hard tyres under the Safety Car. Alonso had a faster stop than Hamilton and the two almost made contact coming out of the pits.

Hamilton in the pit during the 2023 Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix (Image Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY – Getty Images)

Everyone else who wasn’t already on the hard tyres came in to put them on, barring both Ferrari cars who stayed out on the mediums. They moved up to fourth and fifth in the order just ahead of Perez, who also stayed out.

The Safety Car ended after Lap 16, Verstappen leading Hamilton and Alonso during a clean restart. Russell made it back to the pits and continued his race, albeit now at the back of the pack.

Fighting for the points

The McLarens of Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris were the first to start a decent fight after the restart, both looking for tenth place. Norris took the spot and soon after Piastri lost 11th place to Williams’ Alex Albon.

Magnussen entered the fight when Norris overtook him for ninth place, creating a four-way battle for the final points. Albon missed a corner trying to also pass Magnussen and ended up falling back behind Piastri.

Up ahead Alonso wasn’t ready to give up on second place, and on Lap 22 he passed Hamilton to take the place back.

A few laps later the battle for the final point continued to burn, with Piastri and Albon both passing Magnussen to take tenth and 11th respectively.

The second round of pitstops were beginning meanwhile, as Hulkenberg and Gasly both pit for another set of hards to continue running in free air. Esteban Ocon, Valtteri Bottas, and Piastri followed suit.

De Vries and Magnussen making contact in the Canadian Grand Prix (Image Credit: @F1 on Twitter)

The action heated up as de Vries battled Magnussen, the two making contact and going off into the runoff. Following an awkward dance of both drivers backing up, they were able to continue now at the bottom of the field.

The Ferraris finally made their pit stops, Sainz coming in for hard tyres on Lap 34 and Leclerc following him on Lap 40. Both managed to hold their positions over Perez behind, Leclerc in fourth just ahead of his teammate.

Closing stages

As the top three pulled away they managed to create enough of a gap for all of them to pit again and keep their spots. Hamilton and Verstappen put on the medium tyres, while Alonso opted for another set of hards.

Perez, Bottas, and Magnussen were the only other drivers in the race still on mediums, and Hamilton took the fastest lap at that stage in the race.

Lando Norris, meanwhile, was running in the points but picked up a five-second penalty for unsportsmanlike behaviour (impeding drivers at Turn 10). His race became a fight to pull enough of a gap to the drivers behind him so as to not lose any positions when the penalty was applied.

Russell had managed to recover to eighth and was close behind Albon in seventh until Lap 55, when he was forced to retire with a brake issue. He made it back to the pits and avoided bringing out any yellow flags.

Russell in the pits after retiring with a brake problem (Image Credit: Dan Mullan – Getty Images)

Hamilton closed in on Alonso, looking to retake second place, but couldn’t get back within DRS range in the final stages.

A driver who did manage to make up places was Norris, who grabbed several positions on the final laps. His penalty dropped him to 13th after he crossed the line, despite a brilliant move to finish eighth on the road.

Verstappen took yet another dominant win to extend his championship lead. Alonso and Hamilton completed the podium, and the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sainz finished fourth and fifth. Perez, Albon, Ocon, Stroll, and Bottas were the final points scorers.

Feature Image Credit: Dan Istitene – Getty Images

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