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2022 F1 Canadian Grand Prix: back in Gilles’ backyard

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is next on the F1 calendar, with Max Verstappen full of confidence after beating Carlos Sainz to win the Canadian Grand Prix and further expand his lead in the championship. With Formula 1 returning to Montreal for the first time in three years, it was Verstappen’s Red Bull who took the checkered flag to move with a 46-point lead at the top of the standings. Sainz was fast in the final stages after a period behind the safety car, but could not overtake Verstappen and had to settle for second place, the pair joined the podium by Lewis Hamilton, the seventh sometimes world champion who finished third for Mercedes. .

“The security car didn’t help,” Verstappen said. “Overall, Ferrari was very fast in the race. It was really exciting in the end. I gave him everything I had and I saw Carlos do the same. The last laps were a lot of fun. Luckily this year we are fast in straight lines, so that helps a lot. ” Hamilton’s teammate George Russell continued his record of finals in the top five throughout the season, finishing fourth ahead of Charles Leclerc, who bounced back from 19th place to claim a good amount of points for Ferrari. The Alpines were sixth and seventh, Esteban Ocon managed to finish ahead of Fernando Alonso, while Valtteri Bottas, Guanyu Zhou and local favorite Lance Stroll completed the points.

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Alonso regrets engine problems and lack of luck

After a stellar Q3 at the Canadian Grand Prix, where he finished second behind Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso of Alpine, but could only finish seventh at the end of the race behind teammate Esteban Ocon .

Alonso was left with an engine problem that cost him straight line speed and an additional penalty for weaving dropped him to ninth place in what was a race day to forget for the 40-year-old.

“In the safety car we were unlucky,” Alonso explained. “We decided to box right after the safety car was finished. Other people behind us got lucky again and overtook us.

“On lap 20, or something like that, I had a problem with the engine with the battery, I was trimming the straights and losing eight tenths of a turn. I had to overclock the curves to try to keep pace and DRS. It was a very difficult race.

“It simply came to our notice then. The car has been very fast this weekend. Without the engine problem we were P3 in the race ahead of Lewis. Without the engine problem, that was still possible. “

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Can Max Verstappen be stopped in his candidacy for a second consecutive F1 title?

With Formula 1 returning to Montreal for the first time in three years, it was Verstappen’s Red Bull who took the checkered flag to move with a 46-point lead at the top of the standings.

Carlos Sainz was fast in the final stages after a period behind the safety car, but could not find a way to overtake Verstappen and had to settle for second place, the pair joined the podium by Lewis Hamilton, the man whom Verstappen defeated in his first world. title in 2021.

Here are the factors that may prevent Verstappen from loading its second consecutive title:

Michael Jones21 June 2022 12:15 p.m.

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Max Verstappen delights in an exciting final to win the Canadian Grand Prix

With Formula 1 returning to Montreal for the first time in three years, it was Verstappen’s Red Bull who took the checkered flag to move with a 46-point lead at the top of the standings.

Sainz was fast in the final stages, but could not beat Verstappen and had to settle for second place, the pair joined the podium by Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion who took third place for Mercedes.

His teammate George Russell continued his record of finals in the top five throughout the season as he finished fourth ahead of Charles Leclerc, who bounced back from 19th place to a good number. of points.

Michael Jones21 June 2022 12:07 PM

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The Canadian GP is a ‘frustrating’ race for Leclerc

Charles Leclerc was able to alleviate the damage caused by his low start finishing fifth in the Canadian Grand Prix, but was left in a “frustrating” race.

“In fact, it was very frustrating,” the 24-year-old told Sky Sports F1. “The last part was nice, but obviously the first part got stuck on a DRS train and I couldn’t do anything.

“Then, in the middle of the race, I found myself trapped behind Esteban [Ocon] with much newer tires so I had very good traction and that was enough to keep me behind.

“Then we made a slow stop and fell behind another DRS train, but the end was pretty fun. I had to be aggressive to get more points and the fifth is the best we could get.

“Overall, the feeling was good and that’s a good sign. I don’t know if it would have been enough with Red Bull, but he’s been close all season and I felt like Carlos [Sainz] it has been quite strong today. That shows he would have been close. “

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Michael Jones21 June 2022 11:59

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Toto Wolff sends a warning to Lewis Hamilton despite the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix

But Hamilton, who is already 98 points behind Verstappen in the standings, said he was “overwhelmed” to cross the line in third place, a performance that gave the British driver hope to return to the winning circle this season. .

Michael Jones21 June 2022 11:52

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Hamilton gave “hope” after the podium in Canada

Lewis Hamilton says his third place at the Canadian Grand Prix has given him hope that Mercedes can return to competitiveness this year.

The seven-time champion had not won a podium since the first race of the season in Bahrain, but his result in Montreal ended a series of difficult races.

Hamilton has been repeatedly overtaken by teammate George Russell this season, but the decision to switch to soft tires in the standings finally worked against the 24-year-old this weekend, giving Hamilton the upper hand. advantage in the race by starting four places ahead of his teammate.

Russell finished in the top five of all races this season, including Canada, where he finished eighth in the standings to finish just behind Hamilton in fourth. His very impressive form this season has led to questions about the future of Hamilton in F1, but it remains to be seen who will be the fastest driver at the end of the year.

“It has given me a lot of hope that there are more things in this car, that the potential is really there if we can do the right setup,” Hamilton said. “We’re just trying to progress as a team,

“Going forward, we will be a little more careful when doing too many experiments, as it really makes it difficult for you over the weekend, especially if you only have the first and second dry practice.

“There’s a lot of learning this weekend and improvements we can make going forward, but at a very fast pace today. It’s so beautiful to look at. It hasn’t always been the case with this car.”

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Michael Jones21 June 2022 11:45 p.m.

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Lewis Hamilton was “overwhelmed” to finish on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix

The seven-time world champion has struggled with his Mercedes this season and has only arrived in Montreal.

The design of this year’s cars has caused some teams to suffer bounces, known as porpoises, at high speeds, with Mercedes among the worst.

Hamilton needed help getting out of his car after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix a week ago and needed acupuncture and cryotherapy on his back to get to the grid.

Michael Jones21 June 2022 11:37 p.m.

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Russell on porpoise topics

George Russell has said that the problem of the porpoise, the car that bounces hard at speed, remains a serious concern for Mercedes, despite its improvement in Canada.

“He was injured, he was definitely injured out there,” he told Sky F1. “We weren’t padded, we were just bouncing a lot on the straight and just touching the ground. So I’m sure he’ll get a good night’s sleep again. “

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Lando Norris “a little conflicted” over F1 plans for porpoise

Lando Norris is “in conflict” over the FIA’s plans to make changes to reduce or eliminate the “porpoise” problem affecting cars this season, but added that driver safety was paramount.

F1 introduced a radical overhaul of the rules this year that has seen cars generate a significant chunk of their downforce from the ground.

This has resulted in the “porpoise,” in which cars bounce dramatically at high speeds, like the movement of a porpoise through water.

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Norris on the FIA ​​porpoise directive

Lando Norris admits to feeling a bit at odds with the FIA’s decision to introduce a new technical directive to limit the effects of porpoise on Formula One drivers.

Norris believes driver safety should come first, but as McLaren has not been affected by major porpoise problems, he is unsure of introducing new rules in the middle of a season.

In a column for the Daily Telegraph, Norris wrote: “It will be interesting to see if the new FIA technical directive on porpoise has come into force for [Silverstone]. The truth is us [McLaren] they are not massively affected by porpoise, so we weren’t pushing for change. But safety must come first.

“If there is a real danger that drivers could have long-term health consequences from the bounce, or that they could lose focus and crash, something needs to be done. I can see both sides.

“The two front teams [Red Bull and Ferrari] Clearly, they have done a much better job than anyone else in interpreting the rules, so I can see why they would be against the change in the middle of the season. At the same time, without experiencing the seriousness of the porpoise that others have, I don’t want to criticize anyone.

“Safety comes first. My main concern is that …

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