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.
- Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing
- Fernando Alonso – Aston Martin
- Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
- Charles Leclerc – Ferrari
- Carlos Sainz – Ferrari
- Sergio Perez – Red Bull Racing
- Alex Albon – Williams
- Esteban Ocon – Alpine
- Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
- Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo
- Oscar Piastri – McLaren
- Pierre Gasly – Alpine
- Lando Norris – McLaren
- Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri
- Nico Hulkenberg – Haas
- Zhou Guanyu – Alfa Romeo
- Kevin Magnussen – Haas
- Nyck de Vries – AlphaTauri
- George Russell – Mercedes
- 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.
More about Red Bull’s 100th victory
- Formula 1 Official Website
- Red Bull Racing Official Website
- Max Verstappen Profile
- Fernando Alonso Profile
- Lewis Hamilton Profile
- Canadian Grand Prix Official Website
- Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team Official Website
- Charles Leclerc Profile
- Carlos Sainz Profile
- Sergio Perez Profile
- Williams Racing Official Website
- Alfa Romeo Racing Official Website
- [Canadian Grand Prix Results](Example Reference Link)