After an eventful British Grand Prix weekend, it could be turning point for the season based upon what went down this past weekend.


Weather played a part both in practice and in qualifying. The race was dry but had plenty of drama and action to go along with it.


Three names that did well during the practice sessions were Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris. They were able to take that momentum into qualifying and the race.


Qualifying:


Qualifying started out wet with rain falling, the intermediate tyres was the choice of all the drivers at the time. In Q1, Haas and Aston Martin were not able to get out of the session, being eliminated in the bottom four positions with Lance Stroll being slowest. Alex Albon was the other driver who was eliminated in Q1 being outqualified by his teammate.


Q2 started out dryer than Q1 but the rain slowly started to fall heavier around the middle of the session meaning the drivers were trying to get laps in as quick as they could to get fast enough laps in before the pace was not there anymore.


Sainz was in danger of elimination in worse conditions but was able to get himself out of the bottom five. Valtteri Bottas was eliminated after having a good showing in Q1 so came off slightly surprising. The others who suffered elimination were the Alpha Tauri duo of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda along with Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.


Q3 started out with drivers struggling with the conditions, with Max Verstappen even spinning around on the exit of turn 15. As the time went on, the drivers adapted well, and Fernando Alonso went 3 seconds faster than the top time. The times got quicker with every lap that passed.


Come to the end of Q3, Sainz shot up to the top from sixth, Leclerc messed up his lap, while Verstappen did not improve and stayed second. Hamilton grabbed fourth just ahead of Perez in fifth. Norris was sixth followed by Alonso. George Russell only managed eighth while Zhou took ninth and Latifi qualified tenth, not setting a competitive lap.


All this meant Sainz took the first pole of his career with the possibility of taking the win and breaking the Red Bull win streak they have been on.


Race:


The race got underway and only after about four corners the race was red flagged after a scary crash involving Zhou Guanyu when he was collided into by Russell because Gasly was squeezed out in-between them off the start. Zhou’s car flipped and scraped along the ground which then flipped over the barricade into the fence.


The red flag delay was understandably long as Zhou needed to be extracted from the car, he was deemed okay after being examined by doctors.


The race got underway again with the same order as qualifying instead of the order from when the red flags came out. Sainz got away in the lead this time with Leclerc and Perez hitting a part of each other’s front wing endplates off, this affected Perez badly as he lost a lot of pace leading to him pitting a few laps in.


Through turn 13 and 14 on lap 10 Sainz made a mistake going wide leading to Verstappen taking advantage and going into first with Sainz holding off Leclerc able to at least keep second.


Only two laps later Sainz got the lead back after Verstappen suffered some floor damage, leading to him being slower. A couple of corners later Verstappen made his way into the pits after he suspected a puncture. He came out in sixth but had lost a lot of pace.

Lap twenty Sainz pit for hard tyres, a few laps later Leclerc did the same, Sainz was unable to find the pace Leclerc found, and eventually on lap thirty-one, Sainz was told to let Leclerc pass him.


The gap was being opened up to about 4 seconds until Ocon had power loss, the car was stopped at the end of the old pit straight just before turn 9. This brought out a safety car which gave drivers a chance to pit. Most went onto soft tyres with Leclerc being the one to stay out on hards, his team-mate pitted and by the time the safety car ended, Leclerc was vulnerable.


Sainz immediately took the opportunity to get himself into the lead passing his team-mate and then slowly building a gap. Leclerc was under pressure from Hamilton and Perez, even Alonso and Norris were in the fight.


On lap forty-five to lap forty-six, Leclerc fought for second valiantly with Perez attempting to get past the Ferrari into turn 15, the battle then continued into the final few corners where Hamilton took advantage of the bad exits of Perez and Leclerc, he grabbed second for himself. So out of the final corner, the order reversed with Hamilton leading them out of the final corner.


The battle continued into turn 3 where Perez took second from Hamilton, the following corner, Leclerc took third back from Hamilton. By the time they get to turn six Alonso was having a go at Hamilton, but nothing came of that.


Lap forty-eight and Hamilton finally gets himself past the Ferrari and into third by turn 15 after the whole lap battle for the final podium position.


The end of the race had Carlos Sainz win his first race in Formula 1 and convert his pole into a win. Perez took second ahead of Hamilton. Leclerc had to settle for fourth in the end, with Alonso taking fifth followed by Norris. Verstappen took seventh just, after racing Schumacher to line, this giving the Haas driver his first points in Formula 1. Vettel and Magnussen rounded out the top ten.


The rest of the finishers were Stroll, Latifi, Ricciardo and Tsunoda. With Ocon, Albon, Russell, Zhou, Bottas and Gasly were the non-finishers.


The result means Verstappen’s lead in the championship takes a hit, with Perez taking second from Leclerc, cutting the gap to 34 points to Verstappen. With Leclerc 9 points behind Perez. With Sainz’s win it takes him 9 points behind Leclerc.


Red Bull have their lead in the constructors cut slightly to 63 points with Ferrari remaining second. Mercedes continues third 61 points behind Ferrari. McLaren remains fourth only 6 points ahead of Alpine. Alfa Romeo sit in sixth on 51 points, comfortably ahead of Alpha Tauri by 24 points while being 16 points behind Alpine. Haas sit in eighth on 20 points getting ahead of Aston Martin who are in ninth only 2 points behind. Williams remains last on 3 points.

In a very eventful weekend, another race is on the horizon next week, this race being the Austrian GP, Red Bull have had a very good time in Austria in the past few years. Could Verstappen get a win back or is Ferrari going to win again and getting their title challenge back on track.


F1 British GP Results

1 – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 2 – Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 3 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 4 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 5 – Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 6 – Lando Norris (McLaren) 7 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 8 – Mick Schumacher (Haas) 9 – Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 10 – Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 11 – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 12 – Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 13 – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 14 – Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) DNF – Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) DNF – Esteban Ocon (Alpine) DNF – Alex Albon (Williams) DNF – George Russell (Mercedes) DNF – Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) DNF – Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)


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The Canadian Grand Prix gave us excitement, some surprises, and some fun racing. While Red Bull’s dominant winning streak continues, they were pushed all the way to the final corner this time in a great showing by Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen just held on to the win.


Upon the start, drivers that made up places were Esteban Ocon up to sixth, George Russell up to seventh from eighth and Mick Schumacher down from sixth into eighth. The other notable jumps were Charles Leclerc who got up to seventeenth, up two places, Sergio Perez gained two places as well, up to twelfth. Gasly lost out on three places down to eighteenth.

By lap three, Sainz managed to pass Fernando Alonso down the back straight after failing to do so off the start.


Further down the field Russell overtook Kevin Magnussen on lap five into sixth place. The following lap both Gasly and Sebastian Vettel pitted. Zhou Guanyu and Daniel Ricciardo were battling for ninth with Zhou taking the position from Ricciardo.


With Leclerc starting from the back, he had to make his way up the field, by lap six he was up to fifteenth having passed Lance Stroll and Yuki Tsunoda. Magnussen the next lap pitted for a new front wing after it got damaged, and the broken piece was still hanging off the wing.


In what capped off a disappointing weekend for Perez, he was forced to retire from the race with a transmission issue, while he was able to park the car in a relatively safe spot, the Virtual Safety car was deployed.


Under the VSC, Lewis Hamilton came into the pits to fit hard tyres on, as did Verstappen. Verstappen came out in third while Hamilton ended up in sixth.


After the VSC was over Hamilton got himself into fifth by passing Ocon on lap twelve down into turn 1. Leclerc was also making an overtake, on Lando Norris for twelfth down the back straight.


It seemed Verstappen’s pace was too much for Alonso as the Red Bull driver breezed past the Alpine on lap fifteen going up into second, who then continued chasing down Sainz.

Leclerc had got himself behind the pair of Alex Albon and Valtteri Bottas fighting over tenth, and for a couple of laps Bottas tried to overtake but to no avail.

However, when he got his chance to overtake, he put himself into the points and above Albon. But with Albon getting a bad exit out of the turn 13-14 chicane, it gave Leclerc the opportunity to overtake for eleventh which he took, bringing Albon down to twelfth.


Lap nineteen and Zhou overtook Schumacher into turn 8, but it turned out Schumacher had a mechanical issue forcing a second retirement from the GP. This caused a VSC, which Russell, Ocon, Zhou, Ricciardo and Norris all took advantage of and pit. This did not work out so well for Norris as the pit crew were not ready with his tyres giving him a very slow stop.


Sainz made his stop on lap twenty-one, he came out just ahead of Hamilton, then a lap later he was able to overtake Alonso the same way he did before for second place. While his team-mate Leclerc managed an overtake on Bottas round the outside of turn 13 brilliantly.


Come lap twenty-nine Alonso finally pitted for a set of hard tyres, he came out just behind Leclerc in seventh. Meanwhile his team-mate Ocon was making life hard for Leclerc with the Frenchman still being ahead of the Ferrari.


By lap thirty-three, the battle for the last points positions was heating up as Stroll was leading a four-car train, being ahead of Zhou, Tsunoda and Ricciardo. Gasly pit again on lap thirty-eight for hard tyres, Latifi pitted a lap later.


At this point, Sainz had decent pace was slowly chipping away at Verstappen’s lead, with the gap down to 6 seconds by lap forty-two. Team-mate Leclerc was still struggling behind Ocon, but he finally pitted for a new set of mediums. A slow stop cost him time meaning he came out behind the battle Ricciardo was involved in.


With Verstappen having tyre wear issues, he came in to pit on lap forty-four for another set of hard tyres, he came out just behind Hamilton in a close encounter, by the end of the lap, he passed Hamilton, who then pit himself. While this was going on Leclerc who was having good pace on his new tyres made his way past Ricciardo and Tsunoda. Lap forty-six Russell pits for another set of hards.


Lap forty-seven and Leclerc showing his continued pace by passing Zhou into turn 1, then the next lap, while Leclerc was going for the overtake on Stroll, Stroll dived into the pits.


The next lap on lap forty-nine, Tsunoda crashed into the wall off the corner of turn 2, which this time caused a full safety car, Sainz grabbed the opportunity to pit and did so, coming out behind Verstappen with potential for his first win. Alonso and Bottas pit on lap fifty.


The safety car ended on lap fifty-four, next lap Zhou tried a move on Vettel out of the hairpin, was not able to pull it off, but two laps later he managed to get himself past Vettel for ninth. Vettel was starting to slide down the order a little when on lap fifty-eight he was overtaken by Ricciardo for tenth. Norris also managed to get past Magnussen for fifteenth.


Leclerc finally managed to get past Alonso on lap fifty-nine, and then a lap later, after spending so long behind Ocon during the race got past the Alpine. After getting past both the Alpine cars, he was up to fifth.


Stroll put himself back up into the points passing Ricciardo for tenth on lap 60 down the back straight.


As we came to the final laps of the race, Sainz had stayed within a second of Verstappen since the restart but just was not able to get a move done, pushing Verstappen all the way to the chequered flag. Max Verstappen won the race with Sainz less than a second behind finishing second. Hamilton came in third, with Russell fourth to cap off another good weekend for Mercedes. Leclerc ended his race in fifth with a decent recovery drive. Ocon finishes sixth, Alonso crossed the line seventh, but received a 5 second time penalty for multiple changes of direction while defending, meaning he drops to ninth. This gives Bottas seventh with team-mate Zhou eighth. Stroll rounds out the points in tenth.


With another win this takes Verstappen 56 points clear of Perez and 59 points clear of Leclerc in the driver’s championship. It has put Verstappen firmly in control as we head into the midway point of the season.


The constructor’s championship sees Red Bull lose a few points to Ferrari due to Perez’s retirement but are 76 points ahead of Ferrari. Meanwhile Mercedes consistency keeps them within touching distance of Ferrari, only being 40 points behind. Alpine gain ground on McLaren who remain in fourth, but only by 8 points now, with Alfa Romeo only another 6 points further behind. Alpha Tauri stays seventh on 27 points. Aston Martin move up to eighth after Haas’s poor result, but only leads them by a point. Williams remains bottom with 3 points.


The British GP is up next in two weeks’ time, there will certainly be a lot of excitement surrounding it. Will Red Bull continue their dominant streak of wins? After a couple of good results for Mercedes, will they be able to make that step towards race wins again? It will be an interesting next couple of weeks to see what unfolds until then next race at Silverstone.

F1 Canadian GP 2022 Race Results

1 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 2 – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 3 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 4 – George Russell (Mercedes) 5 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 6 – Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 7 – Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 8 – Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) 9 – Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 10 – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 11 – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 12 – Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 13 – Alex Albon (Williams) 14 – Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 15 – Lando Norris (McLaren) 16 – Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 17 – Kevin Magnussen (Haas) DNF – Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) DNF – Mick Schumacher (Haas) DNF – Sergio Perez (Red Bull)


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In a brilliant qualifying session for the Canadian GP, Max Verstappen managed to put his Red Bull on pole. In what could be a great race considering where some drivers are, this has a lot of potential.


With rain earlier before qualifying, the wets were the tyres of use for Q1. Everyone came out on track to get times in.


Mercedes goes quickest early, George Russell ahead of Lewis Hamilton, the times kept getting quicker with Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon getting in the top five. Kevin Magnussen went quickest halfway through the session, Valtteri Bottas then beat that.


Russell, Hamilton, and Verstappen went top three quickest, which Fernando Alonso then beat, which Carlos Sainz followed up by going quicker.


With around 3 minutes to go Sergio Perez, Alex Albon, Yuki Tsunoda, Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi were the ones in the elimination zone, Sebastian Vettel was just ahead of them all.


Perez then got himself into twelfth, Albon thirteenth, Vettel only sixteenth, which soon became seventeenth after Gasly beat him by going sixteenth. Tsunoda was also eliminated, qualified last with Latifi just ahead in nineteenth.


Drivers eliminated in Q1 were Tsunoda, Latifi, Stroll, Vettel and Gasly.


In Q2 the track was drying out a little bit which meant the track was suitable for intermediate tyres. Alonso, Magnussen, Ocon, Schumacher and Albon started off Q2 on inters while everyone else stayed with the wets. Sainz and Perez came out for a lap before switching to inters.


Mercedes goes quickest with Zhou and Albon behind, Alonso and Bottas top the Mercedes, Verstappen second with Ocon just behind and Sainz into third.


Perez crashed into the wall off turn 3, he was not able to get the car out and a red flag was called.


With 8 minutes to go the session restarted with Magnussen going quickest, Albon just behind, both Mercedes tops them, then Verstappen beats them all going quickest. Alonso went second behind him.


Quickfire laps were coming in thick and fast at this point, Magnussen went second, Bottas eighth. Zhou up to fifth with the track getting dryer.


Alonso then goes third behind Sainz, Zhou up to fourth with Hamilton just behind. Russell then goes second with Verstappen going even faster up top. Ricciardo went sixth who was then beaten by Ocon. Bottas takes fifth with Magnussen up to fourth. Zhou then grabbed fifth again.


Schumacher up in third while Ricciardo slotted in just behind. Then Alonso went quickest, Magnussen getting fifth, which was taken away by Zhou again. Russell up to second and team-mate Hamilton in fourth. Ricciardo went ninth, who then was beaten by Ocon to ninth. Bottas just missed out, qualifying in eleventh.


The drivers eliminated in Q2 were Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris, who both did not set a lap. The others being Perez, Bottas and Albon.


Q3 was less chaotic, Hamilton set the pace while Russell then beat his time. Schumacher and Magnussen go third and fourth, Zhou behind them. Sainz got into second just ahead of Alonso in third. Ocon went into eighth and Ricciardo went slowest in tenth.


With the last of the laps taking place Schumacher put in a great lap getting up to second, Zhou up to eighth with Sainz going second.


George Russell decided to take the gamble onto slick tyres and that ended up not working out as he spun out at turn 2, it was still too wet for slick tyres.


Magnussen got up to third, which Hamilton followed up by getting himself into second. Verstappen then extended the advantage he had going faster. Sainz missed out on pole going second only to be denied by Alonso with a fantastic lap. Hamilton dropped to fourth and the Haas duo qualifying fifth and sixth in a great performance. Ocon, Russell, Ricciardo and Zhou rounded out the top ten for qualifying.


With Leclerc having a 10-place grid penalty, he will be starting at the back of the grid, so the question is can he come back from the back to claw back some ground in the championship? Perez is another one that will have to make his way up the order throughout the race. Could Alonso get the jump on Verstappen and take the lead into turn 1? The first Canadian GP since 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting one.


F1 Canadian 2022 GP Qualifying Results

1 - Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2 - Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

3 - Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

4 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

5 - Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

6 - Mick Schumacher (Haas)

7 - Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

8 - George Russell (Mercedes)

9 - Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

10 - Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)

11 - Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)

12 - Alex Albon (Williams)

13 - Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

14 - Lando Norris (McLaren)

15 - Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 16 - Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 17 - Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

18 - Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

19 - Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

20 - Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)

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