06-9-2024, 6:46 PM

Max Verstappen of Red Bull secures his third consecutive victory at the Canadian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen - Photo from Formula 1

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen secured a victory at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, overcoming challenges from McLaren and Mercedes in a race marred by erratic weather.

Verstappen adeptly handled a restart following a safety-car period with 11 laps remaining, quickly taking a commanding lead as McLaren’s Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri vied with Mercedes' George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

In a single lap, Verstappen widened his lead to nearly two seconds and maintained his dominance until the finish.

Earlier in the race, Norris had led during the shifting wet and dry conditions but relinquished his position each time after pitting later than Verstappen.

In the final laps, Norris was unable to challenge the reigning world champion, ultimately taking second place.

Russell, who started from his first pole position in nearly two years, overtook Hamilton in the final three laps to claim the last spot on the podium, despite lamenting several critical mistakes.

Hamilton finished in fourth, followed by Piastri, with Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin rounding out the top six.

This race highlighted another masterful performance by the 26-year-old Verstappen, who navigated changing conditions, strategic pit stops, and rival pressures, all while managing issues with his Red Bull’s suspension.

Verstappen now leads the Formula One (F1) Drivers’ Championship with 194 points, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc trailing at 138 points.

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