Max Verstappen’s title defense accelerated in Montreal as the Red Bull driver took a fifth win in six races, but F1’s return to Canada for the first time since 2019 didn’t go so well for everyone. We have selected six winners and five losers from the Canadian Grand Prix…
Winner: Max Verstappen
This was an almost flawless weekend for Max Verstappen, the Dutchman putting in a sublime qualifying performance to take pole position and then absorbing pressure from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz to clinch victory.
It was the 26th win of his career, passing greats Jim Clark and Niki Lauda to move to ninth on the all-time wins list, and his first win in Montreal. That win puts him an impressive 46-point lead at the top of the drivers’ standings.
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Loser: Sergio Perez
While his Red Bull teammate flourished, Sergio Pérez had, as he put it, a “weekend to forget”. He first crashed in qualifying, then retired from the race with a gearbox problem.
That ended a run of seven consecutive points finishes (which included three straight top-two finishes) and means Red Bull has now had more mechanical retirements this season than Ferrari (4-3).
Winner: Lewis Hamilton
After a frustrating moment in practice on Friday, Lewis Hamilton’s mood improved dramatically and he qualified encouragingly in fourth place. The seven-time world champion ran hard on Sunday, with the Mercedes showing an improved change of pace.
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He scored his second podium finish of the season and his first since the season opener in Bahrain. It was his fifth straight score and the first time he had beaten George Russell in eight races.
Haas matched his best qualifying performance with fifth and sixth in Canada, with Kevin Magnussen edging out teammate Mick Schumacher. But the race did not go as planned.
Magnussen was given the black and orange flag to order a pit stop to repair minor front wing damage caused by contact with Hamilton at the start, leaving him at the back of the pack. Schumacher was in good form to score points before a power unit issue forced a DNF. Now it’s five races without points for Haas.
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Winner: Zhou Guanyu
Zhou Guanyu came to Canada after seven straight races without points, having been particularly unlucky with reliability in recent races.
But he stopped the rot in Montreal, qualifying in the top 10 and showing strong race pace throughout to finish ninth, which became eighth when Fernando Alonso was penalized after the race, to secure his best F1 result.
Loser: Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda had an uphill battle ahead of him when AlphaTauri changed a number of engine components that led to penalties for a late start on the grid.
The Japanese driver progressed nicely through the field to put him within a shot of the top 10, only to crash out of the pits in his third straight race without any points.
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Winner: Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon was a little disappointed with qualifying in seventh, given that his teammate Alonso was on the front row in second, but he made up for it in the race.
The Frenchman moved up to sixth and then tactically positioned Alonso behind the DRS to help his teammate fend off Valtteri Bottas. Sixth equals his best result of the season and puts him 21 points behind Alonso in the drivers’ championship.
Canadian Grand Prix 2022: Tsunoda crashes out of the pits and activates a Safety Car
Loser: Fernando Alonso
Alonso was visibly dejected after the race as he failed to convert his best grid position in a decade into a podium finish. The Virtual Safety Cars came at the wrong times for him, while an engine problem on lap 20 meant he lost a lot of time on the straights.
He then received a five-second penalty for weaving down the straights in defense of Bottas, which dropped him two places to ninth, though it was at least his fourth consecutive points finish.
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Winner: Charles Leclerc
Fifth from 19th on the grid would be a solid recovery for most drivers, but Charles Leclerc was left wanting more. The Monegasque knew it was going to be a tough weekend when he picked up engine penalties that dropped him to the back of the starting grid.
Canadian Grand Prix 2022: Alonso weaves as he fends off Bottas at the end of the Canadian GP
He struggled to make his way through the field, and a slow pit stop meant he fell back into traffic and lost more time. But although he lost 15 points to title rival Verstappen, seeing the checkered flag after his retirement in Baku was important.
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McLaren left Montreal disappointed after they lacked performance, had reliability issues and suffered an operational issue at the double-stack pit stop during the Virtual Safety Car.
Daniel Ricciardo dropped out of the points to finish 11th, while his teammate Lando Norris was 15th. It was the first time they had failed to score with either car since Miami.
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Winner: Canadian Grand Prix
You would be hard pressed to find anyone on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve who wasn’t excited to be back after a three year break and as always he provided a fantastic atmosphere.
Around 338,000 people attended over the weekend. The grandstands were packed, fans cheered the drivers on as they drove each day and the circuit delivered excellent qualifying, helped by a bit of rain, and a thrilling Grand Prix. It was good to be back.
HIGHLIGHTS: Watch action from a thrilling race in Montreal as Verstappen stops Sainz to seal victory