Max Verstappen leads the world championship by 46 points after a dramatic Canadian Grand Prix. The Dutchman held onto victory from a fast-charging Carlos Sainz in the closing stages to secure maximum points on a day his nearest title rivals dropped points.
Charles Leclerc was out of position for the race after taking a grid penalty for replacing engine parts. The Ferrari star was able to battle back into the top-five but dropped a handful of points to nearest rival Verstappen.
Sergio Perez also failed to capitalise on Ferrari’s struggles after a mechanical failure put him out of the race. The issues promoted Mercedes to their joint-best result of the season with Lewis Hamilton picking up his second podium of the campaign from George Russell in fourth.
Hamilton handed Silverstone upgrades
Mercedes have confirmed they will be bringing upgrades to the British GP at Silverstone. The Silver Arrows have struggled this season and have produced just five podium finishes between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell so far this season.
But after consecutive 3-4 finishes for Hamilton and Russell respectively, Elliott confirmed the team will be fitting new parts at the next race to try and close the gap to leading teams Ferrari and Red Bull.
The news comes after Alpine principal Otmar Szafnauer warned they would look to protest a move to upgrade his Mercedes car, more specifically a secondary floor, also known as a stay, after they tested it in practice during the Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton sent ruthless message
David Coulthard has hit out at Lewis Hamilton over the Mercedes driver’s complaints about porpoising, claiming that anyone who feels uncomfortable should “step aside” as there are plenty of drivers who would love to take their place. The seven-time world champion has been one of the more vocal drivers against the bouncing several cars are suffering from, and claimed that both his team and Formula One ‘need to do better’.
Complaints have seen the FIA step in and issue a technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix in a bid to curb the issues drivers are complaining about, but former Red Bull driver Coulthard believes that drivers who have an issue should consider their future in the sport. “If any driver feels uncomfortable, if any driver feels he’s doing himself long-term damage, step aside,” Coulthard said. “There’s a whole bunch of guys and girls that would very happily step into your car if you feel uncomfortable.
“I think we have to keep in perspective that sport doesn’t come with ‘Princess and the Pea’ mattresses. If you’re a boxer, you have to accept someone’s going to punch you in the face. If you’re a footballer, someone’s going to drag their studs down the back of your legs.
“My girlfriend used to play for the Swedish national team, and she’s got marks on her legs because as a captain, as a striker, she was getting taken out of matches.