Formula 1 – Canadian Grand Prix race: Max Verstappen wins again! Red Bull’s reigning world champion wins a chaotic race in Montreal – with Landon Norris and George Russell on the podium


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Verstappen is back on top

The familiar sound of the Dutch national anthem was heard in Montreal this afternoon when Verstappen stood on the top step of the podium again

Norris looks dejected after the race

The McLaren driver looked disappointed after losing the lead of the race to Verstappen following an ill-timed safety car.

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Verstappen WINS in Montreal

It’s a hat-trick for Verstappen! He took victory for the third year in a row but Norris and Russell didn’t make it easy for him today.

Russell overtakes his teammate to get back in the podium positions

Russell made a bold move, overtaking Hamilton for P3.

Hamilton is up into P3

The Mercedes has been rapid all weekend, and Lewis Hamilton has overtaken Piastri for P3 with less than five laps to go. Could it be an 11th podium for the seven-time world champ in Montreal?

Russell and Piastri come into contact

Russell attacked Piastri at the hairpin and the pair went into the chicane side-by-side. The Australian has held onto P3. This is some good, hard racing.

Verstappen maintains his lead after the restart

Verstappen leads from Norris and Piastri after the safety car.

Perez is out

The Red Bull driver had rear wing damage before spinning at turn 6.

Carlos Sainz is OUT after losing control of his car

Both Ferrari drivers are also out of this chaotic race. Carlos Sainz has retired after spinning out at turn 6.

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Both Williams drivers are out

Carlos Sainz triggered the second safety car of the race when he spun out and collected Alex Albon. Both Williams drivers are out.

The pressure is on at the front of the pack

Verstappen is complaining that he can’t touch the kerbs while Norris and Russell are jostling for position behind him.

‘Focus George,’ the Mercedes team were heard telling him

Verstappen takes the lead of the race

What an exhilerating afternoon in Montreal! Norris went into the pits for mediums, rejoining the track just behind Verstappen. The three-time world champ is four seconds clear of the Brit.

Different tyre strategies are at play

Norris leads the race on inters while Verstappen trails 20 seconds behind on mediums. Russell is in P3 on the hard tyre.

Leclerc is OUT

It’s been a disastrous day for the Ferrari driver, who retired his car on lap 43.

DRS is enabled

We’re more than half way through the race, and DRS has been enabled again.

The track is drying rapidly, meaning we’re heading back towards slick tyre potential.

Leclerc has been lapped

F1’s most recent race winner has been given blue flags to let Verstappen pass. That’s got to hurt.

Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc races during the 2024 Canada Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, on June 9, 2024. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images)

Leclerc pits for intermediates

Well, that was short lived. Leclerc has already come into the pits after taking a bizarre gamble on the slicks.

Charles Leclerc takes a risk on hard tyres

Charles Leclerc is crawling in P19 on the hard tyre. The rain is already coming down, however Ferrari have decided to roll the dice with the slicks.

Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc races during the 2024 Canada Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, on June 9, 2024. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Verstappen, Russell and and Piastri pit under safety car

Verstappen, Russell and and Piastri headed straight into the pits for fresh inters when the yellow flags were waved. Norris pitted a lap later, coming out in P3.

The safety car is out after Sargeant hits the barrier

Williams’ Logan Sargeant has hit the barrier on lap 25. The safety car is out.

George Russell drops back to P3

Lap 21 was a nightmare for Mercedes’ George Russell, who was overtaken by Norris and Verstappen in quick succession.

Norris takes the lead of the race!

Norris is in the lead after taking P1 from Russell. Things are looking good for the 24-year-old, who is fresh off his maiden F1 victory in Miami just one month ago.

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Norris takes P2 from Verstappen

The two McLarens are the quickest cars on track, and Norris breezed past Verstappen with DRS.

DRS has been enabled

It’s good news for Lando Norris, who is closing in on Verstappen in the battle for P2.

Verstappen runs wide on lap 18

Verstappen ran wide into turn 1, widening the gap to Russell, who has been leading the race since lap 1. The Mercedes driver now has a two second advantage.

Bad news for Ricciardo

And it’s a 5 second penalty for the RB driver. Disappointing news after he put in an excellent qualifying performance around this track to start P5.

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Ricciardo noted for a false start

The Australian is under investigation by the stewards for a false start. This could result in a time penalty for the driver who is currently in P7 after starting P5.

A slow pit stop for Magnussen

As expected, the Dane has pitted for intermediates. However, the team wasn’t ready for him and it was an 8.6 second pit stop. He’s now in P14.

Magnussen up to P4

Magnussen is several tenths of a second quicker than the rest of the field per sector. The sun appears to be coming out so the Haas driver is expeced to pit soon.

The rain is expected to ease soon

Mercedes say this is the ‘worst’ rain they’re expecting throughout the race.

Although the Haas drivers are currently on the optimal tyres, the wets won’t be very quick when the track begins to dry.

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The track is looking very slippery

The drivers appear to be struggling for grip as Russell leads the first lap of the Grand Prix. While the rest of the grid struggles on inters, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen’s wet tyres are treating him well. He’s already up to P4!

Lights out and away we go!

The race is underway in Montreal. George Russell has held onto the lead ahead of Max Verstappen!

Oscar Piastri says ‘anything is possible’

The McLaren driver, who is starting on the second row of the grid, said ‘anything is possible’ in changeable conditions.

‘With weather like this, you never know,’ he told Sky Sports on the starting grid.

Jacques Villeneuve stands by his controversial Daniel Ricciardo comments

On the ESPN broadcast, former F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve said he stands by his critical comments about Daniel Ricciardo earlier this weekend.

‘Why’s he still in F1? Why?’ Villeneuve fumed on Sky Sports F1 on Friday.

‘We are hearing the same thing now for the last four or five years. “We have to make the car better for him.” Sorry, it’s been five years of that. No, you are in F1.’

On Sunday morning, Villeneuve conceeded that the Aussie race winner was ‘quick’ in qualifying, but emphazied ‘you’re only as good as your last few results.’

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A weather update

Drivers headed out on exploratory laps, testing the inters and wet tyres to assess grip levels on the track.

It’s looking quite slippery out there with puddles scattered about and plenty of spray coming off the back of the cars.

One hour until lights out

The Canadian Grand Prix will begin in one hour, and rain is the talk of the paddock in Montreal.

Ben Nagle, who is preparing to head out to the starting grid, tells us the rain has currently eased off, but it’s likely to pick back up after the lights go out.

Expect plenty of drama on the track as tyre talk dominates the afternoon.

We’ve already seen some big shunts in the support races this morning, and a safety car looks likely at some point.

Bottas and Zhou to start from the pit lane

Both Sauber drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, will start from the pit lane today after they made changes to the rear wing specification overnight.

Russell reveals today’s ‘biggest challenge’

George Russell said he anticipates the ‘biggest challenge’ of the day will be ‘predicting the weather.’

The Mercedes driver told F1 TV he has his ‘eyes set on victory’ after clinching P1 from reigning world champion, Max Verstappen.

However, track conditions in Canada are looking extremely changeable.

His teammate, Lewis Hamilton, also predicted it will be ‘a tricky day today for everyone.’

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How they’ll line up this afternoon

In case you missed yesterday’s thrilling qualifying session, George Russell is set to start P1 alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

It was a good day for McLaren, with Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri set to line up next to each other on the second row of the grid.

Both Ferraris failed to advance past Q2, with F1’s most recent race winner Charles Leclerc starting P11 and Carlos Sainz in P12.

Daniel Ricciardo also put in an excellent lap – 10 years after his maiden F1 victory at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He will start P5.

Good afternoon from Montreal!

Welcome to Mail Sport’s live blog for the Canadian Grand Prix.

I’m Emily Selleck, my colleagues Ben Nagle and Jonathan McEvoy are trackside in Montreal, and we’re here to bring you lap-by-lap updates throughout the ninth race of the 2024 F1 season.

Lights go out in just over an hour and victory looks up for grabs today with Mercedes’ George Russell on pole and storm clouds brewing overhead.

Key Updates

  • Verstappen WINS in Montreal

  • Russell overtakes his teammate to get back in the podium positions

  • Carlos Sainz is OUT after losing control of his car

  • The pressure is on at the front of the pack

  • Verstappen takes the lead of the race

  • The safety car is out after Sargeant hits the barrier

  • George Russell drops back to P3

  • Norris takes P2 from Verstappen

  • Bad news for Ricciardo

  • The track is looking very slippery

  • Lights out and away we go!





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