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6 Winners and 5 Losers of the Canadian Grand Prix – Who has mastered the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve?

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Max Verstappen’s title defense gathered pace in Montreal as the Red Bull driver picked up 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 of the Canadian Grand Prix…

Winner: Max Verstappen

It was a nearly faultless weekend for Max Verstappen, with the Dutchman putting in a sublime performance in qualifying to take pole position and then soaking up pressure from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz to clinch victory.

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It was his 26th career win – passing the greats Jim Clark and Niki Lauda to rank ninth on the all-time winning list – and his first triumph in Montreal. The win puts him an impressive 46 points clear at the top of the drivers standings.

READ MORE: ‘It was a good run,’ says Verstappen after withstanding Sainz’s onslaught to extend Montreal title lead


Verstappen’s solid form continues

Loser: Sergio Perez

As his Red Bull team-mate flourished, Sergio Perez had – as he put it – a ‘weekend to forget’. He first crashed in qualifying, then retired from the race with a gearbox problem.

It ended a run of seven straight races in the points (including three successive 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 period in practice on Friday, Lewis Hamilton’s mood improved dramatically as he qualified in an encouraging fourth. The seven-time world champion then ran strong on Sunday, with the Mercedes showing an improved pace.

READ MORE: Hamilton says there’s ‘more to come’ after claiming first podium since Bahrain in Canada

He scored his second podium of the season and the first since the season opener in Bahrain. It was his fifth rebound score and the first time he had beaten George Russell in eight carries.


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Can Hamilton continue this momentum in their home run?

Losers: Haas

Haas matched his best performance in qualifying with fifth and sixth place in Canada, Kevin Magnussen edging teammate Mick Schumacher. But the race did not go as planned.

Magnussen was given the black and orange flag to mandate a pit stop to repair minor front wing damage caused by contact with Hamilton at the start, dropping him to the back of the pack. Schumacher was in good form for the points before a power unit issue forced a DNF. It has now been five races without points for Haas.

READ MORE: What the teams said – Race Day in Canada

Winner: Zhou Guanyu

Zhou Guanyu arrived in 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 displaying strong racing pace throughout the race to finish ninth – which became eighth when Fernando Alonso was penalized after the race – to secure his best. result in F1.


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Alfa brought both cars home in the points

Loser: Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda had an uphill battle ahead of him when AlphaTauri changed a host of engine components that triggered penalties for starting behind the grid.

The Japanese driver made very good progress through the field to place him a shout out of the top 10, before crashing out of the pits for his third consecutive race without points.

MONDAY MORNING DEBRIEF: How did Mercedes go from an ‘undriveable’ car to the podium in Canada?

Winner: Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon was a little disappointed to qualify seventh, given his team-mate Alonso was on the front row in second, but he made up for it in the race.

The Frenchman moved up to sixth, then tactically gave Alonso behind the DRS to help his team-mate fend off Valtteri Bottas. Sixth is his best result of the season and pushes him 21 points ahead of Alonso in the drivers’ championship.

2022 Canadian Grand Prix: Tsunoda crashes after leaving the pits and triggers a safety car

Loser: Fernando Alonso

Alonso was visibly discouraged after the race, failing to convert his best grid position in a decade to a podium finish. The virtual safety cars came at a bad time for him, while an engine problem on lap 20 caused him to lose a lot of time on the straights.

He was then given a five-second penalty for sneaking into the straights in defense of Bottas, which dropped him two places to ninth – although it was at least his fourth consecutive point.

READ MORE: Alonso goes from P7 to P9 after being hit with a five-second penalty in Montreal

Winner: Charles Leclerc

Fifth place from 19th on the grid would be a solid recovery for most drivers, but Charles Leclerc wanted more. The Monegasque knew it would be a difficult weekend when he took engine penalties which earned him a start back from the grid.

Canadian Grand Prix 2022: Alonso weaves as he defends from Bottas late in Canadian GP

He struggled to make his way through the peloton – and a slow pitstop caused him to fall back into traffic and lose more time. But as he lost 15 points to title rival Verstappen, seeing the checkered flag after his retirement in Baku was significant.

READ MORE: Leclerc calls Canadian GP ‘super frustrating’ despite recovering from back row to P5

Losers: McLaren

McLaren leaves Montreal disappointed after lacking performance, experiencing reliability issues and suffering an operational issue during the double-stacked pit stop during the Virtual Safety Car.

Daniel Ricciardo gave up the points to finish 11th, while teammate Lando Norris was 15th. It was the first time they had failed to score with either car since Miami.

READ MORE: Sainz proud to be ‘the fastest on track for the first time this year’ even though he missed out on his first win in Canada


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Pit stop issues for both drivers unraveled McLaren’s race

Winner: Canadian Grand Prix

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve who wasn’t thrilled to be back after a three-year hiatus – and, as always, it created a fantastic atmosphere.

About 338,000 people attended over the weekend. The stands were packed, fans cheered on the drivers every day and the circuit delivered stunning qualifying – with the help of a little rain – and a thrilling Grand Prix. It was good to be back.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch exciting race action in Montreal as Verstappen holds off Sainz to seal victory

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