Charles Leclerc was forced to fight back after a grid penalty due to a Ferrari engine change after he retired from the Azerbaijan GP and finished fifth in Canada, while Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez crashed in qualifying, then suffered its own mechanical heartbreak in the race.
But Verstappen didn’t have an easy path to his 26th career F1 triumph, passing both Jim Clark and Niki Lauda on the all-time winning list, as the Dutch driver fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz.
The race was punctuated by two virtual safety car periods – one for stopping Perez and another for Mick Schumacher who also did not finish with a mechanical problem – and a full safety car when Yuki Tsunoda s crashed at turn 2 exiting the pit lane.
Behind the battle for victory, Lewis Hamilton picked up his first podium since the 2022 opener in Bahrain, with Mercedes appearing to be progressing and less hampered by rebounds at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Reviewing all the action on and off the track in Montreal, host Martyn Lee is joined by Luke Smith, Jess McFadyen and Matt Kew to discuss whether Ferrari had a chance of ending Red Bull’s winning streak and if Sainz could have made a single strategy work?
And with rivals talking about Mercedes’ pace, has the team finally spilled some W13 secrets, or is something else brewing amid the FIA’s potential rule change to prevent the cars to bounce.
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