Follow Sunday’s action from Montreal
Hello everybody and welcome to race day here on the Marca in English live blog for Formula 1’s 2022 Canadian GP.
The start time for today’s race in Montreal is 20:00 CEST, making it 19:00 BST. If you’re joining us in the United States, the start time is 14:00 ET / 11:00 PT.
Max Verstappen took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal ahead of Fernando Alonso (P2) and Carlos Sainz (P3). This is Verstappen’s first-ever pole position at a street circuit.
1) Max Verstappen – 175 points
2) Sergio Perez – 129 points
3) Charles Leclerc – 126 points
4) George Russell – 111 points
5) Carlos Sainz – 102 points
6) Lewis Hamilton – 77 points
7) Lando Norris – 50 points
8) Valtteri Bottas – 44 points
9) Esteban Ocon – 39 points
10) Fernando Alonso – 22 points
1) Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2) Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
3) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
4) George Russell (Mercedes)
5) Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
6) Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
7) Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
8) Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
9) Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
10) Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
“I tried everything guys,” Sainz tells his Ferrari team. He did get the fastest lap bonus point though as a small consolation. Hamilton rounds out the podium ahead of Russell, while Leclerc crossed the line fifth after starting down in 19th.
Try as he might, Sainz just couldn’t find a way past as Verstappen takes his sixth win of the season and extends his lead in the World Championship!
We’re on the final lap of the Canadian Grand Prix and all eyes are on the fight for first. Can Verstappen hold Sainz off?!?!
The Spaniard continues to push Verstappen as he looks for his first career victory, but the Dutchman just isn’t putting a tyre wrong. Can Sainz work some magic in the final few laps?
Sainz’s advantage down the straight is over 20km/h, but Verstappen isn’t cracking. In fact, Sainz didn’t even get DRS that last lap…
Leclerc, now sixth, goes wide at the final turn while trying to pass Ocon. Not a problem though, as he gets past soon after.
Sainz puts in the fastest lap of the race and remains within striking distance of Verstappen. He isn’t close enough this lap, but Verstappen’s lead is less than half a second!
No changes at the front as the action resumes as Verstappen looks to build his lead to over a second. Don’t forget, no DRS just yet.
Verstappen leads, but his tyres are seven laps older than those of Sainz. Behind them it’s Hamilton, Russell, Ocon, Alonso, Leclerc, Bottas, Vettel, Zhou. Get ready because Tsunoda’s car has been cleared, and we’ll soon get back to racing!
Tsunoda crashes into the barriers and that brings out the Safety Car. Sainz takes advantage of that and pits, and that’s worked out perfectly for the Ferrari man as he’s now behind Verstappen on fresh rubber.
Can Sainz see out his tyres to the end of the race? He leads Verstappen by 8 seconds and is told by his team that the Safety Car window is now open for him. Meanwhile, Leclerc is working is way through the field and is now eighth after passing the pack of cars ahead of him.
Sainz leads but its not from Verstappen, as Hamilton managed to squeeze past the Red Bull driver at the pit exit. That quickly changes down the back straight though, as Verstappen makes his way past before Hamilton dives into the pits.
Leclerc can’t find a way past despite being in DRS range, and Ferrari have called him in for fresh tyres. Unfortunately for him, he’s rejoined the race in 12th behind a train of cars.
We’re a little past the half way point of this 70 lap race and the Top 10 is: Verstappen, Sainz, Hamilton, Russell, Ocon, Leclerc, Alonso, Bottas, Stroll, Zhou.
Verstappen says he’s starting to lose tyre grip having pitted 25 laps ago. Ferrari will be happy to hear that, with Sainz eight seconds back.
The two are battling for fifth but the Ferrari driver can’t find a way past, as he tells his team he just doesn’t have the grip he needs. Alonso is three seconds behind them after his stop.
Based on a recent radio call, certainly seems that way. Having said that, he still leads Sainz by 8.5s, with Hamilton, Alonso and Russell completing the top five. Scratch that, as Alonso pits for a new set of hards.
Hamilton is now third after passing Alonso down the back straight, as the Alpine driver begins to lose touch with the top three. Luckily for him he’s over six seconds ahead of Russell, so he’ll keep hold of fourth for some time.
Sainz pits under the VSC, handing the lead back to Verstappen. He rejoined the race third, just in front of Hamilton, before passing Alonso for second soon after. Meanwhile Leclerc stayed out, looking to gain track position, and he moves past Bottas for seventh.
Ferrari tell him they’re staying on Plan A, and things are “looking better than expected”. He leads Verstappen by 4.3 seconds. Meanwhile, we have another Virtual Safety Car as Schumacher’s parked his car in the same spot Perez stopped earlier.
Before the race Alonso said he wasn’t racing Verstappen today, and there’s proof of that. The Red Bull driver cruises past to take secoond. Meanwhile, Leclerc passed Norris for 12th, but he’s now been stuck behind Bottas and Albon for a few laps.
Ferrari tell their driver to give it all that he can as he needs to make use of his track position. Meanwhile, Hamilton makes a slick move past Ocon 1 to take fifth place. Not exactly what Alpine wanted to see.
After crashing in qualifying, Perez’s weekend goes from bad to worse as he’s stopped on track. That sounds like an engine issue and brings out the Virtual Safety Car, with Verstappen pitting for new tyres as a result. He’s now third, with Sainz leading from Alonso.
After being passed by Russell, the Dane has been shown a black and orange flag due to his damaged wing. He has to pit for a new one, and that is gonna hurt his chances at scoring points today.
The AlphaTauri driver is being told to lift and coast as he has a technical issue, though he’s down in 18th. Leclerc continues his charge up the field and now sits 16th.
The Haas driver looks to have damaged his front wing after making contact with Hamilton, but it hasn’t caused any issues for him thus far as he remains fifth. Meanwhile Sainz easily moves past Alonso to take second, just over two seconds back of Verstappen.
Verstappen gets a clean start and leads into Turn 1 ahead of Alonso and Sainz, with all 20 cars making it off the line without issue. Leclerc, who started 19th, is up to 18th.
The last Canadian GP saw Sebastian Vettel cross the line first, however the win went to Lewis Hamilton as the German was handed a penalty. Hopefully we’ll see more drama today as the drivers take off for the formation lap.
Fernando Alonso starts in second after a sensational qualifying session, with Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher fifth and sixth. Verstappen starts as today’s favourite, but could we see a surprise winner?
After a wet Friday and Saturday, the Canadian crowd have been rewarded with a warm and sunny day for what will be the first race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2019. Lewis Hamilton won that day, and he starts today’s race in 4th.
Red Bull have won the last five races and Max Verstappen starts Sunday’s Canadian GP from pole position. With Sergio Perez starting 13th and Charles Leclerc down in 19th, will anyone be able to slow down the Dutchman?
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