Verstappen holds off Sainz in thrilling battle to seal Canadian GP victory

Max Verstappen extends world championship lead with Canadian GP win; Carlos Sainz denied his first F1 win after thrilling battle; Lewis Hamilton finishes third to claim first podium since opening race of season; Charles Leclerc recovers from back row start to finish fifth

Last Updated: 19/06/22 8:55pm

Max Verstappen extends his lead at the top of the world championship after winning the Canadian GP despite late pressure from Carlos Sainz

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Max Verstappen extends his lead at the top of the world championship after winning the Canadian GP despite late pressure from Carlos Sainz

Max Verstappen extends his lead at the top of the world championship after winning the Canadian GP despite late pressure from Carlos Sainz

Max Verstappen held off Carlos Sainz in a thrilling battle to claim the first Canadian GP victory of his career in an action-packed race in Montreal.

A late Safety Car at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve set up a gripping finale, but Verstappen superbly defended the Ferrari of Sainz – despite having older tyres on his Red Bull – to ensure he significantly extended his world championship lead.

Lewis Hamilton managed to find some pace – in a Mercedes he described as “undriveable” on Friday – to claim a first podium since the opening race of the season, while his team-mate George Russell followed in fourth.

Sergio Perez's miserable weekend in Montreal is ended prematurely due to a mechanical failure

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Sergio Perez’s miserable weekend in Montreal is ended prematurely due to a mechanical failure

Sergio Perez’s miserable weekend in Montreal is ended prematurely due to a mechanical failure

Charles Leclerc recovered to finish fifth in the other Ferrari after starting on the back row having taken a new power unit for the race, while Sergio Perez’s hopes of challenging his Red Bull team-mate for the world championship suffered a major blow as an early gearbox failure saw him retire.

More to follow…

Canadian GP: Race Result
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

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