Max Verstappen held off Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. to win the 2022 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix and extend his 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship lead to 46 points over Oracle Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Pérez.
The Dutchman started in pole position in Montreal and was relatively untroubled early on, however, Mexican Pérez was forced to retire early with a problem with his power unit after starting down in 13th.
Verstappen came out third following his first pit stop but reclaimed the lead ahead of the yellow flag for Yuki Tsunoda’s crash which allowed Sainz Jr. to close right behind however not enough to deny Verstappen victory.
The weekend went pretty smoothly for me, and we can be happy with that. Overall the Ferraris were very quick and strong in the race. It was really exciting at the end; the last two laps were a lot of fun, I was flat-out racing and I was giving it everything I had. The safety car towards the end of the race of course didn’t help, Carlos had fresher tyres so that made it difficult, I would have preferred to attack than defend, but luckily it worked out. Also, this year we seem to be quick on the straights so that helps a lot. The next race is Silverstone, I’m looking forward to going back to the more traditional tracks. We have to keep focused as a team and find improvements wherever we can.
We think it was a gearbox issue and I got stuck in gear, unfortunately. Things were looking good, I had a good start, I was on the hard tyre and making progress. I had finally got Daniel in the McLaren out of the DRS zone and it should have been a race where I could have worked my way through the field, so it’s a big shame. I felt I had plenty of potential in my race to make up a lot of places and recover good points. We need to keep on top of the reliability because a zero, when you are fighting for the Championship, is very painful and costly. You go into new regulations and there are always going to be new problems to face. Today hurts a lot, it has been a weekend to forget for me, so I want to forget about today and move on to Silverstone.
Christian Horner – Team Principal & CEO
Max was amazing today, he was under so much pressure, particularly a the end of the race, he’s been superb all weekend – every session through practice, qualifying and then the race. The Ferrari was very quick today, with the DRS zones the way they are here he couldn’t break it and Carlos was cruising up to the back of him and you could see them recharging their battery to have another go time after time, but Max kept his concentration really well and it was an absolutely amazing performance. It was a frustrating weekend for Checo and we think he had a suspected gearbox issue, so we’ll need to get the car back and have a look at what happened. It’s exciting to now heading towards Silverstone.