A late safety car set up a final charge on the line between Verstappen and Sainz, who both found themselves battling alone for their teams after setbacks from teammates.
Verstappen finally held on to claim his sixth victory of the season, denying Sainz a maiden F1 victory he has come so close to on several occasions.
But was there any way Sainz could beat Verstappen? Ferrari was close to applying a one-stop strategy that even Verstappen himself was unsure could have been beaten, and could have opted for an alternative tire strategy at the final pit stop.
In the latest edition of Paddock Packdown from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada, UKTN F1 journalist Luke Smith examines Ferrari’s strategy and Sainz’s race, and whether there was a realistic way for them to have beaten Verstappen and Red Bull on Sunday.