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Verstappen Victorious!  Third Canadian GP Win & 60th Career Victory

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“Red Bull Leads as Ferrari Falters”

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Max Verstappen continued his reign at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, securing his third consecutive Canadian Grand Prix victory in a thrilling race. The Red Bull driver, starting second behind George Russell, showcased his prowess in tricky wet-dry conditions to claim his 60th career win and extend his championship lead.

Verstappen’s Meteoric Rise

This win marks a significant milestone for Verstappen. He joins the elite company of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton as the only drivers to achieve a Canadian Grand Prix hat-trick. Verstappen has been on a tear this season, with this victory being his sixth from nine races.

Here’s a glimpse of Verstappen’s dominance:

  • Race Wins: 6 (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Emilia Romagna, Canada)
  • Career Wins: 60 (5th most in F1 history)
  • 2023 Season Wins: 19 (out of 22 races)
  • Podium Finishes: 105 (6th driver in F1 history to reach 100+)

Podium Podiums

The Canadian Grand Prix podium saw a mix of veterans and rising stars:

  • 1st: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 2nd: Lando Norris (McLaren)
  • 3rd: George Russell (Mercedes)

Norris continued his impressive season with his 18th career podium, while Russell showcased strong driving to claim his 12th. Both drivers are proving their talent and consistency throughout 2024.

Standings Shuffle

The win further strengthens Red Bull’s position in the championship battle. Here’s a look at the current standings:

TeamPoints
Red Bull Racing301
Ferrari252
McLaren212
Mercedes124

Verstappen leads the driver’s championship with 194 points, followed by Charles Leclerc (138) and Norris (131).

Dramatic Moments and Missed Opportunities

The race wasn’t without its share of drama. Two safety car periods disrupted the flow, and the second one saw a collision between Ferrari teammates Carlos Sainz and Alex Albon. Both drivers were forced to retire, with a power unit issue sidelining Leclerc later. This double retirement meant Ferrari failed to score a single point in Canada.

Verstappen’s victory further cements his position as a championship favorite.  With his experience and skill, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the remaining races. Can the other teams find a way to challenge his dominance? The 2024 Formula 1 season promises to be an exciting battle!

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