Max Verstappen Secures Red Bull’s 100th Victory in F1 Canadian GP

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Red Bull Racing achieved a significant milestone as Max Verstappen claimed their 100th victory in Formula 1, solidifying their place as the fifth team to reach this remarkable feat.

Verstappen dominated the race, finishing 9.5 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso, who impressively overtook Lewis Hamilton to secure the second position.

Verstappen had a strong start, maintaining his lead from the beginning. Hamilton, with a lightning start, managed to surpass Alonso in the early laps, intensifying the battle at the front.

However, George Russell, who joined the front-running trio, unfortunately collided with the exit wall at Turn 9 on lap 12, causing damage to his right-rear tire. The resulting debris required a safety car period, allowing Russell to limp back to the pits and rejoin the race from the back of the field.

Undeterred by the safety car interruption, Verstappen surged ahead after the restart on lap 17, gradually creating a gap between himself and Hamilton. Despite expressing some discomfort with the hard tires compared to the medium ones he started with, Verstappen maintained his lead.

Most of the field opted to pit during the safety car period. Alonso, on the hard tires, showcased stronger pace than Hamilton, closing in on the Mercedes driver.

On the 22nd lap, Alonso made his move, utilizing DRS (Drag Reduction System), and overtook Hamilton before the final corner to regain second place.

Subsequently, Alonso had to balance maintaining his pace to keep Hamilton at bay while also managing his brake temperatures by employing lift and coast techniques.

As the laps progressed, Verstappen steadily increased the gap between himself and the two-time champion Alonso, reaching over six seconds with 20 laps remaining.

With Hamilton closing in on Alonso, the gap expanded to eight seconds due to braking issues reported over Hamilton’s radio. However, Alonso managed to regain his pace and extend his lead over the Mercedes driver.

Although there was a brief moment where Alonso seemed to catch up to Verstappen in the final 10 laps, reducing the gap to 7.7 seconds, the Dutchman quickly recovered from a small mistake and widened the gap further.

Alonso needed to maintain his pace to fend off Hamilton, who had switched to softer tires during the second round of pit stops. Hamilton closed the gap to just 1.4 seconds, but Alonso once again accelerated to create distance between them.

Hamilton secured the final podium spot, finishing 4.5 seconds behind Alonso, earning Mercedes valuable points. Russell, unfortunately, retired due to the effects of his earlier collision with the wall.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz showcased a strong performance for Ferrari, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. They executed an effective one-stop strategy, starting on medium tires, resisting the temptation to pit during the safety car period, and eventually switching to hard tires.

Sergio Perez, after a long opening stint on hard tires, recovered to sixth place. He only needed a two-stop strategy and secured the bonus point for the fastest lap by fitting soft tires towards the end of the race.

Alex Albon, driving for Williams, displayed a controlled defensive drive on a one-stop strategy, claiming seventh place. He successfully fended off Russell initially and then held off Esteban Ocon after the retirement of the Mercedes car.

Ocon couldn’t challenge Albon despite having DRS (Drag Reduction System), and his progress was hindered by a wobbling rear wing towards the end, which fortunately remained intact.

Lando Norris, penalized for slowing down excessively under the safety car to accommodate a double pit stop for McLaren, dropped out of the points. Lance Stroll and Valtteri Bottas completed the top 10.

Full Results:

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing
  2. Fernando Alonso – Aston Martin
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  4. Charles Leclerc – Ferrari
  5. Carlos Sainz – Ferrari
  6. Sergio Perez – Red Bull Racing
  7. Alex Albon – Williams
  8. Esteban Ocon – Alpine
  9. Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
  10. Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo
  11. Oscar Piastri – McLaren
  12. Pierre Gasly – Alpine
  13. Lando Norris – McLaren
  14. Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri
  15. Nico Hulkenberg – Haas
  16. Zhou Guanyu – Alfa Romeo
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Haas
  18. Nyck de Vries – AlphaTauri
  19. George Russell – Mercedes
  20. Logan Sargeant – Williams

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Red Bull’s 100th victory

What team achieved their 100th victory in Formula 1?

Red Bull Racing achieved their 100th victory in Formula 1 during the Canadian GP.

Who won the Canadian GP?

Max Verstappen emerged victorious in the Canadian GP, securing Red Bull’s milestone 100th victory.

Who finished in second place in the race?

Fernando Alonso secured the runner-up spot in the Canadian GP.

How much was Max Verstappen’s winning margin?

Max Verstappen finished the race with a winning margin of 9.5 seconds.

Which team secured the final podium position?

Mercedes secured the final podium position in the Canadian GP, with Lewis Hamilton finishing in third place.

Which drivers finished in fourth and fifth places?

Charles Leclerc finished in fourth place, followed by Carlos Sainz in fifth place.

Which driver claimed the fastest lap and the extra point?

Sergio Perez secured the fastest lap and the additional point in the Canadian GP.

Which team celebrated their 100th victory in Formula 1?

Red Bull Racing became the fifth team in Formula 1 history to achieve 100 victories.

Did George Russell finish the race?

No, George Russell retired from the race after colliding with the exit wall on lap 12.

What was the result for Williams and Alfa Romeo?

Alex Albon finished seventh for Williams, while Valtteri Bottas finished tenth for Alfa Romeo.

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williams4ever June 19, 2023 - 6:29 am

albon defended like a champ! one-stop strategy paid off for him. it’s awesome to see williams back in the points. russell’s early retirement was a bummer though. keep pushing, team! #NeverGiveUp

ferrarifanatic June 19, 2023 - 10:53 am

ferrari played their cards right with that one-stop strategy. leclerc and sainz did a solid job. looking forward to more podium finishes from the prancing horse. #ForzaFerrari

racingfan123 June 19, 2023 - 4:12 pm

wow, red bull’s 100th win! such an epic achievement. max verstappen is an amzing driver, he totally dominated the race. fernando alonso was gr8 too, overtaking lewis hamilton. #excitingrace

merci_fanboy June 19, 2023 - 8:18 pm

mercedes struggled a bit in this one. hamilton did his best, but alonso and verstappen were on fire. glad to see perez get that fastest lap point. better luck next time, team merci! #KeepPushing


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