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Press comments on the Canadian Grand Prix

Formel 1 world champion Max Verstappen has further extended his championship lead by winning the Canadian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver prevailed in Montréal on Sunday, just ahead of Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. His teammate Sergio Pérez dropped out with a technical defect and lost further ground as second in the World Championship. The international press writes about this:

Great Britain

The Sun: Red Bull is clearly the big winner of the Canadian Grand Prix with Verstappen claiming another win but it wasn’t a flawless win. Sergio Perez’s retirement with a suspected gearbox problem suggests their car continues to struggle (…) It’s a great day for Mercedes who have made a significant step forward. And Ferrari will be happy that both cars finished (…)

Daily Mail: Yes, Hamilton was behind winner Max Verstappen, who withstood late pressure to take his sixth win of the season, and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. But as the champagne was sprayed and Hamilton reaped the biggest cheers of the sun-drenched day, the 37-year-old Briton looked reinvigorated at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he claimed his first of 103 victories in 2007.”

“Guardian”: “Max Verstappen has long said that given the means, he is more than capable of winning a world championship. He clinched the title last year but winning the Canadian Grand Prix for Red Bull was proof that he is capable of winning multiple championships.”

France

“Le Figaro”: “A success with which he (Verstappen) was able to consolidate his lead in the drivers’ standings. He is now 46 points clear of Mexico’s Sergio Perez, who retired in lap nine, and Monegasque Charles Leclerc, who was penalized on Saturday and started from the back but eventually fought his way up to fifth place.

Italy

“Gazzetta dello Sport”: “The divine Verstappen is reaching for the world title. Six wins in nine races, the prospects for his second world title are becoming more concrete, but he has to compete with the proud lions Sainz and Leclerc. Hamilton is driving his best race in what has been a poor season for him.”

“Corriere dello Sport”: “Sainz, the pilot in the shadows, revives Ferrari in Canada. Verstappen contests a perfect race. As always, he keeps his cold blood. He is unassailable, phenomenal, unique.”

“Tuttosport”: “Verstappen is like a Martian, but Ferrari is making progress. If Sainz hadn’t had a heavyweight like Verstappen in front of him, he could have dared to overtake. In Silverstone, Leclerc can think of revenge.”

“La Stampa”: “There is always something between Sainz and success. In the final, the Ferrari driver launches a wild attack on Verstappen, but the world champion refuses to be intimidated. No chance for Mick Schumacher, who is haunted by mistakes and bad luck. A technical problem forces him to withdraw.”

Netherlands

“De Telegraaf”: “Max Verstappen drove like a real world champion again. It was his 150th weekend as a Formula 1 driver and Max Verstappen once again showed how complete he is. Changing weather conditions and strategies, plus a chasing Ferrari? The reigning world champion had an answer for everything in Canada.”

Spain

“As”: “Before the hairpin, Sainz got closer than ever to Verstappen and his first victory in Formula 1.(…) But it’s not easy to overtake in Gilles Villeneuve, because only the straights offer opportunities, and the fastest car on the straights is Verstappen. The champion thus clinched a hard-fought win at the Canadian GP, ​​perhaps the hardest-fought of the year for him (…).”

“Sport”: “Verstappen is enforcing his law in Canada. Great performance by Carlos Sainz, but it was only enough for second place. Leclerc, who started penultimate, was able to contain the damage somewhat with his fifth place. But it doesn’t look like anyone could stop Max Verstappen at the moment.”

“Marca”: “Verstappen withstands the attack of the best Carlos Sainz. A big race for the Spaniard in Canada, his best in 2022. At the moment, it has to be said, Verstappen is no match for him. Verstappen pulls up and away in the World Cup, he drives at a different level. We have to see whether Verstappen hasn’t already won the World Cup with this lead.”

Austria

“Kurier”: “The Red Bull drivers were able to celebrate five times in a row in Formula 1. The sixth Grand Prix success in a row was anything but a sure-fire success on Sunday in Montreal. Max Verstappen was literally chased across the finish line at the Canadian Grand Prix. The world champion had a Ferrari in tow, but this time it was not driven by long-time rival Charles Leclerc, but by Carlos Sainz.”

Switzerland

“Blick”: “Clever Verstappen keeps Sainz in check.”

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