Max Verstappen wins the Canadian Grand Prix and equals Ayrton Senna

The Dutch driver took the 41st victory of his F1 career, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

A victory for history, and then that’s it. At the end of a rather soporific Grand Prix of Canada, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won the 41st race of his career in Formula 1, Sunday June 18, in Montreal. The double world champion thus equals the illustrious Ayrton Senna, triple world champion in 1988, 1990 and 1991. For the moment doubly crowned, Max Verstappen is taking advantage of this success to consolidate his place as leader in the drivers’ classification. The Dutchman is thus rushing at full speed towards a third world title, which would make him the true equal of the Brazilian.

This success of Max Verstappen also allows Red Bull to snag the hundredth victory in its history in Formula 1, after 18 years of existence. The Austrian team thus joins the closed circle of manufacturers with 100 victories, alongside the historic Ferrari (242), McLaren (183), Mercedes (125) and Williams (114). What Max Verstappen did not fail to remind his troops on the microphone, during his lap of honor, after a Grand Prix which he dominated from the start to the checkered flag without ever being worried.

To the good memories of Hamilton and Alonso

To find a bit of a fight on the Montreal track, it was therefore necessary to look towards the places of honor, because no one seemed able to threaten Max Verstappen, who is riding on another planet. Behind him, Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) fought a good battle for second place, which finally turned in favor of the Spaniard. With his third place, Lewis Hamilton still brings a bit of joy to the British team, which saw George Russell end up giving up 15 laps from the finish, after hitting a wall at the start of the race.

On the French side, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) finished in the points, with an eighth place in the rearview mirror of Alex Albon (Williams), and especially after a breathless showdown with Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) in his wheels. For Pierre Gasly (Alpine), on the other hand, there was no miracle after frustrating qualifying. The Norman finished 12th, between the two McLarens of Piastri and Norris. Finally, qualifying surprise Nico Hulkenberg fell to fifteenth place, having started from fifth.

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