The Scotsman

Verstappen wins Canadian thriller

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Formula 1: Max Verstappen overcame the weather and capitalise­d on a well-timed safety car to thwart Lando Norris and George Russell and win an action-packed Canadian Grand Prix.

Norris came alive in changeable conditions to take the lead having started third but, in a role reversal from Miami, was undone by the timing of the safety car and had to settle for second.

Pole-sitter Russell endured an incident-filled race but saw off team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages to claim Mercedes’ first podium of the season.

“What a race, guys. Not easy but we did it,” Verstappen said afterwards.

“It was a pretty crazy race, a lot of things were happening and we had to keep on top of our calls. As a team we did really well today, we remained calm and we pitted at the right time, the safety car worked out nicely for us but even after that we were managing the gaps quite well. I love it, that was a lot of fun, those kind of races you need once in a while.”

Norris said: “It was chaos, eventful. I felt like I drove a good race. The safety car had me over. It helped me in Miami but now it’s had me over. It happens.”

Russell added: “It felt like a missed opportunit­y, to be honest. Made a couple of mistakes out there pushing the limits. We will take positives from this weekend. Exciting moving forward.”

Hamilton, who finished fourth, said: “I’m not much really different [to how he felt in qualifying on Saturday]. Over the weekend, it was a poor performanc­e from myself. Some other things came into it yesterday, mostly myself and then today, it was one of the worst races I’ve driven, lots of mistakes.

“Of course if I qualified better, I would have been in a better position. It is becoming a car we can fight with, that’s a real positive, going into the next part of the season. It’s going to be a close battle and if I get my head on right I’ll get better results.

“I think this weekend, the car was capable of winning, it’s such a great feeling. We’ll take points and keep on trying.”

 ?? ?? Red Bull Racing’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates after his victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal yesterday
Red Bull Racing’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates after his victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal yesterday

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