F1 Canadian Grand Prix RESULT: Race standings as Max Verstappen wins in Montreal

Follow live F1 reaction from the Canadian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen wins from pole in Montreal

Kieran Jackson
Formula1 Correspondent
Sunday 18 June 2023 22:30 BST
Verstappen secures pole for the Canadian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen completed another crushing performance to win the Canadian Grand Prix and match Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 victories.

The Dutchman led every lap at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to draw level with Senna and extend his championship lead.

Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso finished runner-up, with Lewis Hamilton third for Mercedes. Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell retired on lap 55 of 70 following an earlier prang with the wall.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished fourth and fifth respectively for Ferrari, with Sergio Perez sixth. Alex Albon crossed the line a commendable seventh in his Williams. Verstappen, who notched up Red Bull’s 100th win in Formula One, now leads Perez by 69 points on his unstoppable march to a hat-trick of titles.

Follow live reaction from the Canadian Grand Prix with The Independent.


Max Verstappen gets away well after safety car (Lap 18/70)

Max Verstappen only accelerates after the last chicane - and we’re back racing!

The whole pack get away smoothly, no incidents after one lap of action again.

Top-10: Verstappen, Hamilton, Alonso, Leclerc, Sainz, Perez, Magnussen, Bottas, Ocon, Norris

George Russell still down in 19th...

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:30

Safety car period ending (Lap 16/70)

Safety car is coming in at the end of this lap...

Top-10: Verstappen, Hamilton, Alonso, Leclerc, Sainz, Perez, Magnussen, Bottas, Ocon, Piastri

Both Ferraris and Sergio Perez did not pit!

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:28

Lewis Hamilton almost collides with Fernando Alonso in the pit lane (Lap 13/70)

Verstappen, Hamilton and Alonso all pit... and Hamilton only JUST gets out in front of the Aston Martin!

“I had to brake in the pits,” says Alonso. Could that be looked at for an unsafe release?!

George Russell does manage to get back to the pits - but he’s now in last place after a lengthy pit stop! A simple driver error caused that!

The pack bunches up... we had a safety car due to the debris out on track caused by Russell’s crash.

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:23

George Russell hits the wall!

Full safety car!

George Russell has hit the wall and his right-tyres look battered! Can he limp home?!

All the frontrunners pit!

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:21

Max Verstappen now 3.4 seconds clear of the pack!

VSC period was rapid and Max Verstappen got away speedily from Lewis Hamilton behind him - the gap is now 3.9 seconds.

But he might be having other issues?! “I think I hit a bird,” says Verstappen! No damage it seems.

The battle for second is much more interesting though, with Alonso within DRS range of Hamilton and Russell likewise to the Spaniard!

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:19

Virtual safety car! (Lap 8/70)

Logan Sargeant has been told to stop his Williams!

He stops off the track in sector 2, and the VSC is introduced! Race neutralised!

Sargeant is out - and so is his 100% finish record in 2023!

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:14

Fernando Alonso now right on the tail of Lewis Hamilton (Lap 7/70)

Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin is now within DRS range of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in second, who is now two seconds behind leader Max Verstappen.

George Russell struggling to keep on the back of Alonso. Further down, Charles Leclerc is up to P9 but Lando Norris is keeping the Ferrari behind him for now!

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:12

Max Verstappen’s lead already over a second! (Lap 4/70)

Verstappen’s gap to Hamilton is 1.1 seconds, but the Mercedes is keeping within touching distance of the Red Bull!

Further back, Kevin Magnussen had to take action to avoid going into the wall at the end of the main straight, with Perez and Sainz vying for position!

And Fernando Alonso touches the wall at turn 4! But his Aston Martin seems OK...

Top-10: Verstappen, Hamilton, Alonso, Russell, Ocon, Hulkenberg, Piastri, Norris, Leclerc, Albon

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:10

Lewis Hamilton cruises past Fernando Alonso from the start!

It’s lights out at the Canadian Grand Prix - and Lewis Hamilton smoothly past Fernando Alonso going into turn 1!

Hamilton much quicker off the start!

Max Verstappen keeps first place, while Alonso holds off George Russell behind him!

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:05

Formation lap!

Max Verstappen leads the 20 cars around the track for the formation lap.

The top-11 are all on medium tyres; Sergio Perez looking to go long on the hards.

Pierre Gasly the only car on soft tyres...

Kieran Jackson18 June 2023 19:01

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