The race for the 2022 Formula One World Championship title is full steam ahead, and Max Verstappen is a clear favorite to take it home. He cemented his status as a front-runner after scoring another major victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The race opened with Verstappen in the pole position, and he lived up to the hype. Despite Carlos Sainz’s best efforts to leave the Dutch driver in the dust, Verstappen wasn’t giving up – not even after the final safety car give his competitor a major advantage.
“I was closing in on Carlos, but I was not sure if I actually would fully close that gap to the end of the race, but then the Safety Car came out. And I was also not very happy with that, because then I knew, of course, that he had fresh tires behind me,” said Verstappen post-race.
Those last few laps were a lot of fun, Carlos really pushed me until the end. I had to go flat out, so very happy to win this one 😁— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) June 19, 2022
Canada, it was great being back and thank you for your amazing support all weekend 💯🇨🇦#CanadianGP pic.twitter.com/KuWfMsaPWe
Sainz eventually took the second spot, while Lewis Hamilton and George Russell came in third and fourth for Mercedes. Following the Canadian Grand Prix, Verstappen extended his lead over the former championship leader Charles Leclerc to 49 points. This marks his sixth win in nine races this season, and he’ll have a chance to extend his lead at the British Grand Prix taking place between July 1-3.