Max Verstappen gave his legacy a new lease of life with a win at the Canadian Grand Prix. The Dutchman took his sixth win of the season in Montreal. It was his 41st career win, tying the number of wins with Brazilian racing legend Ayrton Senna. It was also Red Bull’s 100th win.
With team-mate Sergio Perez unable to finish on the podium, Verstappen led the entire race and extended his lead in contention for the championship. The Mexican finished sixth.
Fernando Alonso was the best for the rest of the race. Spanjar spent most of the race in an Aston Martin battling Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time world champion finished third. AlphaTauri’s Nick de Vries finished 18th, not scoring a single point after eight races.
Sporting director Jan Lammers joked on Friday that if Verstappen continues like this, he could win a third world title at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort at the end of August, but if things continue like this he won’t be far off. said. Verstappen dominates the competition and looks unbeatable at the moment.
Hamilton leads the all-time win list with 103 wins. He is followed by Michael Schumacher (91), Sebastian Vettel (53) and Alain Prost (51). Verstappen has been so good this season that he will undoubtedly add more wins this season.
The Dutch driver had no problems from the start in Montreal. He led the Red Bulls into the lead at the first corner from pole position. Behind them, Hamilton moved up from third to second. He passed Alonso in the first turn. Just over 20 laps later, Alonso passed Hamilton again. George Russell caused the race’s only ruckus after 12 laps. The British driver scraped a wall in his Mercedes and punctured one of its rear tires. Officials sent the safety car onto the track, and Verstappen reacted by making a pit stop and replacing the medium tires with hard tires. Hamilton and Alonso followed the example of the Dutch. The Englishman nearly ran into Alonso after a tire change.
The unstoppable Verstappen kept the lead at the restart and gradually expanded the lead. He made an easy second pit stop on lap 44 out of 70 and then drove calmly to take the win. At the finish, he was 9.5 seconds behind Alonso.
https://nltimes.nl/2023/06/18/verstappen-equals-senna-41st-victory-f1 Verstappen equals Senna’s 41st F1 victory