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There appears to be no stopping Max Verstappen after the Red Bull driver chalked up his fifth win in six races by taking the chequered flag in Canada to take a stranglehold on the F1 drivers’ standings.
A gearbox failure for team-mate Sergio Perez and more dropped points for Charles Leclerc, despite a battling drive from 19th to fifth, means Verstappen now holds a commanding 46-point cushion over the Mexican.
Leclerc, meanwhile, is 49 points down after once leading the way by 46 after the first three races, representing a 95-point swing over the last six grands prix.
George Russell is within 18 points of second-placed Perez after ‘Mr Consistency’ continued his remarkable run of finishing in the top five in every race this year with fourth place behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The seven-time F1 champion’s third position was his first podium, and also the first time he had finished ahead of Russell, since the season-opening event in Bahrain.
Hamilton has consolidated his sixth place in the standings, 25 behind Sainz and 27 ahead of McLaren‘s Lando Norris.
Full F1 2022 standings
1. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing | 175 points
2. Sergio Perez | Red Bull Racing | 129 points
3. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | 126 points
4. George Russell | Mercedes | 111 points
5. Carlos Sainz | Ferrari | 102 points
6. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 77 points
7. Lando Norris | McLaren | 50 points
8. Valtteri Bottas | Alfa Romeo | 46 points
9. Esteban Ocon | Alpine F1 | 39 points 10. Fernando Alonso | Alpine F1 | 18 points
11. Pierre Gasly | AlphaTauri | 16 points
12. Kevin Magnussen | Haas F1 Team | 15 points
13. Daniel Ricciardo | McLaren | 15 points
14. Sebastian Vettel | Aston Martin | 13 points
15. Yuki Tsunoda | AlphaTauri | 11 points 16. Zhou Guanyu | Alfa Romeo | 5 point
17. Alexander Albon | Williams Racing | 3 points
18. Lance Stroll | Aston Martin | 3 points
19. Mick Schumacher | Haas F1 Team | 0 points
20. Nico Hulkenberg | Aston Martin | 0 points
21. Nicholas Latifi | Williams Racing | 0 points
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