Daniel Ricciardo 11th as Max Verstappen wins F1 Canadian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo 11th as Max Verstappen wins F1 Canadian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen has extended his lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship with a flawless performance in Canada.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished 11th in his McLaren which did not show the same competitiveness as it did during qualifying.

Verstappen survived a 16-lap sprint to the finish after a safety car was called when Yuki Tsunoda crashed his car coming out of the pit lane.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz finished second with Lewis Hamilton third in his Mercedes.

A safety car on lap 49 of 70 when Tsunoda crashed coming out of the pits set up the exciting finish.

Sainz was leading Verstappen, but the eventual race winner had made an extra stop and had fresher tires.

The safety car allowed Sainz to pit for new tyres, dropping him behind Verstappen but giving him the chance to hunt down the Dutchman for his first career F1 win.

Despite having DRS (drag reduction system) down the straights, Sainz was never able to make the move on his rival, with his maiden win still elusive.

F1 car crashes into barriers.
Yuki Tsunoda crashes immediately after his pitstop in Canada.(Formula 1 via Getty Images: Lars Baron)

Verstappen said the straight-line speed of his car was a major difference in those final laps, handing him his sixth victory of the season.

“I think overall they (Sainz) were very quick in the race, so it would have been really tough for me to close that gap to the end, even on fresher tires,” he said.

“It was really exciting at the end I was giving it everything I had.

“The last few lapses were a lot of fun.”

Verstappen’s victory is the sixth consecutive race win for the Red Bull team.

McLaren struggles in Montreal

Ricciardo was unable to convert his ninth-place starting position into a points-finish during a tough race for McLaren.

Despite looking competitive during the rain-affected qualifying, both McLaren cars struggled for pace in dry conditions.

Ricciardo was in 10th late in the race but was overtaken by Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll with five laps to go.

McLaren teammate Lando Norris had a horror race in Canada, finishing 15th.

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