Verstappen: It was a really rewarding victory

Verstappen: It was a really rewarding victory

Verstappen: It was a really rewarding victory

Max Verstappen returned to the top step of the podium in the Canadian GP, and the triple Formula 1 Champion admitted it was a rewarding victory.

The weather in Montreal made sure the 2024 Canadian GP was a hectic one, with several drivers having a chance to win as several points of the race, but in the end Verstappen prevailed.

Despite one error while trying to attack George Russell for the lead early on in the race, Verstappen delivered a calculated performance to take his 60th F1 career win, and while that error allowed Lando Norris to close in and pass him, the Russell for the lead on a dry track, the reigning F1 Champion and his team navigated another rain spell and two Safety Car periods with perfection.

Reflecting on his race, Verstappen said in Red Bull Racing’s race report, he said: “It was a really rewarding victory today, these kind of races are a lot of fun as you don’t know what is going to be thrown at you and I enjoyed racing today.

“With the weather so bad it was so easy to make a mistake; we had to be really focused as one tiny move off the racing line could result in us going off the track into the wall. The Team made all the right calls at the right time and remained really calm.

“If you look at the last few weekends that we have had in these conditions, we have typically always done well, so that gave me a lot of confidence going into today. We also got quite lucky with the safety car, sometimes it can work for you and sometimes against you but that is racing! Once we were on the slick tyres at the end, the car had pretty decent pace and we managed to keep it going until the end.

“It was a tough weekend but I am really proud to bring home my 60th win,” the Dutchman concluded.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner hailed Verstappen’s drive as well as the call made by his team’s pitwall which resulted in their 119th F1 win.

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Horner said: “In a race like today with those variable conditions, so many things can go wrong but we made the right calls at the right times.

“McLaren were fast on the inters at the beginning of the race, but getting the crossover onto the slick tyre was really crucial, and once we gave away track position, we had some heat in the tyres and could really push.

“Max was incredible today,” he trumpeted. “In those conditions you’re driving with your senses, but everything must work in unison and the Team lifted itself to the adverse conditions and delivered in every area. There are so many things you can get wrong on a day like today, but happily we got them right.”

It was a bittersweet result for Red Bull as Sergio Perez was as underwhelming as could be shortly after his contract was extended with the team till the end of 2026. He was knocked out from Q1 in qualifying for the second race in a row.

In the race, the Mexican retired after crashing his RB20 on Lap 53 and breaking his rear wing, and to make matters worse he was given a three-place grid penalty for driving his damaged car back to the pits, the penalty applicable in the upcoming Spanish GP.

Horner commented: “It was however a horrible weekend for Checo, but thankfully Ferrari didn’t score with either of their cars and we were able to mitigate the damage.

“We’ll assess the car once we get back to Europe and Checo will put this weekend behind him. We know that he’s incredibly resilient and will dust himself off and come back fighting in Barcelona,” the Briton concluded.

With Charles Leclerc not scoring any points, Verstappen extended his lead over the Monegasque to 56 points while Red Bull now lead Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship by 49 points.