Who is the biggest winner from the Canadian GP?
By: Jake Rajala
The Canadian Grand Prix may have been claimed victory by Max Verstappen, but there were many unique triumphs that still took place at the Canadian GP. With that said, I’m going to simply untwine three winners from the race at the Great White North.
Carlos Sainz Jr.
If there was only one racer able to beat the determined Ferrari driver today – it would be the F1 leader himself. After retiring in the last race, Carlos Sainz Jr. grabbed an impressive second-place spot in Sunday’s race. He now has two-second place finishes in his past three races – as he reached second in Monaco. He also has 5 podiums on the season – which is tied with Sergio Perez for second in the F1 standings. Meanwhile, Perez retired in the ninth lap today.
The 6’1 driver for Alpine should feel confident about his sixth-place finish – which was his best outcome since the Saudi Arabian GP. He won’t be stressing about Max Verstappen placing ahead of him, but he (39 pts) is quietly making progress on Valtteri Bottas (46 pts) and Lando Norris (50 pts) in the standings. The partner of Daniel Riccardo is slowly, but surely climbing out of his shadow.
Ocon has one career victory and two career podiums.
Lewis Hamilton shook the rust off and returned to the podium (third) for the first time since the very first GP. It seemed as if Hamilton was on another planet after Monaco. Well, he was able to find a fourth-place finish in the Baku race and then climbed the ladder to third in today’s battle. Hamilton will seek to re-live his magic at home next week (British GP) – as he’s won the British GP in each season from 2019-to 2021.
Zhou Guanyu is finally on the scoreboard, as he placed ninth at the Canadian GP, which is the best spot in his entire career. As South China Morning Post noted, he threw away his car issues and ranked a spot behind his teammate (Valtteri Bottas). Guanyu had his third DNF last week, but it’s clear the 23-year-old has a new swagger entering the British GP.
Perhaps it’s time for Jack Sparrow to say “drinks all around” for the Mercedes team. George Russell didn’t reach the podium, but he did certainly have a modest fourth-place ranking (one spot after his legendary teammate). Russell has now placed in the Top-5 in each GP since Abu Dhabi. He certainly smells blood from Charles Leclerc, who finished fifth today and recorded a DNF last week.