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Max Verstappen celebrated his 60th career success. © ANSA / SHAWN THEW / POOL

Verstappen wins in the rain in Canada

Red Bull star Max Verstappen celebrated his sixth Formula 1 victory this year and further extended his championship lead. The Dutchman won the turbulent and partly rainy ninth race of the season in Canada just ahead of Lando Norris in the McLaren and Mercedes driver George Russell.

Two weeks after the celebrated success in Monaco, nothing went right for Ferrari in Montreal. Charles Leclerc had to park his car early and came away empty-handed. Previously, the Monogasse was even last - also because his team made a mistake when choosing tires. Carlos Sainz, on the other hand, crashed in the final phase of the race. Sergio Perez also had to retire after hitting the rear of his Red Bull.

The start had already taken place on a wet track, and the shower intensified in the first four laps. Since the Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg were the only ones equipped with rain tires, they plowed through the field in this phase. By the 4th lap, Magnussen was fourth behind Russell, Verstappen and Norris, while Hulkenberg was cruising around in eighth. The rain then stopped temporarily and the track dried out.

Norris races to the top – but not for long

Verstappen didn't manage to get ahead of Russell for a long time - also because of a short ride that cost almost two seconds. Instead, Norris rushed past him on the 21st lap with DRS support and also caught Russell at the end of the lap. In the same scene, Verstappen also overtook the Mercedes man and was second again. Norris was up and running - but only until lap 25, when the safety car rolled out to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve to rescue Logan Sargeant's Williams.

George Russel delivered an exciting final phase. © APA/afp / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

While Verstappen and Russell immediately went to the pits to change tires, Norris had already passed the pit entrance and came out behind the two after his forced late stop. Verstappen then controlled what was happening. After another round of pit stops, third-placed Norris had virtually gained a position by returning second behind the world champion. In the end, Russell also lost his third place after another safety car phase, but got it back against Hamilton.

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